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RHS International Club places fourth in World Affairs Challenge

Theresa Hamilton
Re-2 Director of Districtwide Services

The Rifle High School International Club traveled to Denver last weekend to participate in Denver University’s World Affairs Challenge.

The competition is designed to heighten awareness about global issues, and to encourage students to develop solutions that can be implemented at a local level.

This year’s focus was on The Rights of the Child. The Convention on the Rights of the Child was entered into by the United Nations in 1990, ensuring a minimum degree of human rights to all children and designed to help young people become aware of rights guaranteed to them by the Convention, issues they might face if they lived in other countries, as well as the status and future of children’s human rights issues.



Teams of seven to 12 students prepare a 15-minute presentation, create a display, participate in collaborative projects and take a quiz related to the topic.

Returning to the event as the first-place winners in both the presentation and the display, the 12-member Rifle High School team came in optimistic that they would repeat in the top spot for 2004.



Choosing the right to an education as their prevailing theme, the RHS International Club created a moving presentation about the barriers placed on the road toward a higher education.

The judges rewarded them with a fourth-place finish in the presentation, the display, and a new category ” creativity in display ” in a tight contest. The International Club competed against 24 high schools from around the state, most from the Front Range.

“We raised the bar last year,” said one of the team’s sponsors, Kim Goossens. “Entering the competition for the first time last year and coming away with a pair of first-place finishes increased the competition level this year.”

However, Goossens added that the competition is about more than trophies.

“This is such a unique and fun competition. The competition day gives you a measure of where you are compared with other schools, but the entire event is about how you can change your community, and our kids excel at coming up with creative solutions that impact their community,” she beamed.

This year’s team and support crew at the World Affairs Challenge included Jorge Alvarado, Nohemi Arrendondo, Eva Cannon, Carla Delgado, Anna Merino, Daniela Ochoa, Flor Quesada, Yessica Quintero, Gabriel Rodrigez, Emmy Lou Rose, Yolanda Vallejo, Viviana Espino, Roxy Venegas, Leidy Ruiz and Rodolfo Garcia.

Maria Carrion-Kozak, Missy Taucher and Kim Goossens were the team’s sponsors.

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This month’s exceptional bus student nominees for the month of February were, from Highland Elementary, Diego Beltran, Dakota Harris and Tory McGruder; from Kathryn Senor Elementary, Kenneth Garcia and Destany Walker; from Rifle High School, Megan Flaherty, Ryan McIntosh, Mathew Varela and Cameron Wright; from Rifle Middle School, Ariana Gonzalez, Idan Gonzalez, Jasmine Gube, Kyle Hanneman, Seth Hensley, Tim Hibpshman, Maggie Padron and Dylan Walters; Riverside Middle School, Rachel Becker, Clayton Dowdell, Natasha Ehlers, Hannah Jones, Lino Magana, Jessica Runia, Diana Stringham and Shellby Terrin; Roy Moore Elementary, Rachel Dowdell, Amanda Kelley and Sharron Stringham; and Wamsley Elementary, Jordan Steckel.

This month’s winners were Wamsley Elementary student Norma Hernandez, from RT #15, driver Gail Coombs; Rifle Middle School student Nina Boynton, from RT #32, driver Bill Tabor; and Rifle High School student Hunter Murphy, from RT #6, driver Dawn Patton.


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