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RHS takes first in state in academic competition, heads for Global Finals

Kay Vasilakis

Rifle High School has once again placed first in the state DestiNation ImagiNation competition, and qualified for the Global Finals, to be held in Knoxville, Tenn., in May. Good luck to the members of the RHS Sparks DI team: Megan McBride, David Haynes-Norton, Bradie Kozera, Hailey McDonald, Sarah Gallagher and Brittany Zelaya. Brittany was part of the RHS DI team that took second place in the Global Finals international DI competition last year. The team competed in the StranDId challenge and is coached by David Kosht.Seven other Re-2 DI teams competed at the state level but did not qualify for the Global Finals. The Riverside DInamics, consisting of Meghan Cole, Emilie Kozera, Kaitlin Moeler, Tracy Pihl, Tyler Reece and Jeremiah Riddile, placed eighth out of 25 teams, and won the “Spirit of Destination Imagination Award.” Their coach is Mari Riddile.Three bright yellow school buses transported 160 Rifle Middle School seventh graders, accompanied by teachers, 11 parent volunteers and 10 local environmental experts, on an all-day field trip to Rifle Falls on April 22. Students had the opportunity to participate in art centers, Animal Sleuths I, II, and III, and other activities.In the Wee Beasties II activity, students soon caught the enthusiasm of the facilitator, retired Rifle Middle School science teacher Urban “The Bug Man” Quint. Students could be heard emitting expressions ranging from “EEEUW!” to “Look what I caught” to “This is so cool.” Microscopes were available to get up-close looks at the freshwater shrimp or the damselflies they found in the pond, and Quint could hardly contain himself as he showed the students the jaws of the dragonfly “teenager” and the “cute little eyeballs” of the backswimmer.Besides all the bug exploration, students learned that when a pond has lots of varieties of organisms, it is in better ecological condition and has had little or moderate pollution. They also learned how to identify tracks and scat, aquatic insects, and plants. They learned characteristics of a healthy and an unhealthy stream.When Anton van Leewonhook, the inventor of the microscope, first looked at water samples under magnification, he exclaimed, “There are wee beasties in there!” His invention has since revolutionized how we see everything, including water and living things.-At the Future Farmers of America Colorado River Valley District Livestock and Horse contest, hosted by Rifle High School and held on April 22, the Rifle High School contingency won both contests. The FFA district consists of seven high schools. The Horse team, consisting of Amanda Addington (first in reasons and first overall), Larisa Troupe (third in reasons and second overall), Crystal Young (fourth in reasons and fourth overall) and Taleetha Bennett, captured the high point overall team honors.In the Livestock contest, Jeri Rohan came in first in placings, first in reasons, first in beef, and first overall. Sheri Rohan received fourth in swine, third in beef, fourth in placings, and fourth overall. Megan Creegan received second place in swine, fifth in beef, fourth in reasons, and sixth overall.-Eighteen Rifle High School Future Business Leaders of America students participated in workshops, listened to motivational speakers, and competed in business competition in Vail on April 14-16. There were approximately 2,300 students from all over Colorado in attendance. The RHS students came home with the highest number of awards ever and second in the state only to Cherry Creek. Lindsey Steele placed first in Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure, Amy Daley was second in Marketing, and Carrie Simms was second in International Business. These three students will travel to the National Conference in Nashville in June to compete in these events. Zack Akin placed third in Chapter Website, Morgan Green was fourth in Networking Concepts, Michelle Mitchell was seventh in FBLA Principles and Procedures, and Katie Roberts placed ninth in Accounting II. Leslee Simms also placed sixth in the state in the only event of Business Math. Zack Akin completed his year as a Colorado state officer and did a commendable job in that capacity. -Wamsley Elementary will host an Art Fair on Monday, May 6, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Parents may stroll through the halls to admire beautiful artwork that the children have done, and participate in some hands-on art projects in the lunch room.Kay Vasilakis is public information director for the Re-2 Schools.


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