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Speech team makes statement at meet

Kay Vasilakis

The Rifle High School Speech Team left Rifle on Thursday, Jan. 9, for the Limon Speech Meet. Fourteen Rifle students competed with students from 25 other schools.Both Julie Chelewski and Brittany Hundley performed in Impromptu Speaking and received excellent ratings. Amanda Glammeyer, Sabrina May and Leah Silvieus chose Interpretation of Drama, in which Sabrina won first place and Leah won sixth place overall.Sarah Gallagher, Bradie Kozera and Sarah Smith performed in the Solo Acting category, and both Sarahs got excellent ratings.Andy George, Sean Johnson and Brittany Zelaya all received special recognition in the Interpretation of Humor category. Brittany won second place overall, Andy got a superior rating and seventh place, and Sean received an excellent rating,Jason Dowd and Josh Schwartz competed in the Interpretation of Poetry category, and Jason won fifth place overall.Hailey McDonald won fifth place overall in the Creative Storytelling category. Congratulations on the efforts and achievements of these students.-All three Rifle Middle School’s grade level champions in the Reader’s Digest National Word Power Challenge qualified for the state competition, which will be held in Lakewood on Jan. 21. The qualifiers are Chris Gallegos from the seventh, Leah Perry in sixth, and Jenna Withee in eighth grade. This is the first year that Reader’s Digest has sponsored a vocabulary competition, and students at Rifle Middle School participated in the early rounds, which began with classroom-level bees. Five classroom winners from each classroom moved to a grade-level competition, which determined the grade-level winners. These three students took a written test, and when students returned from winter break it was announced that all three had qualified. State-level champions go on to a national competition in Washington, D.C., in the spring.Rifle Middle School teacher Gigi Hertzke, who coordinated this effort, said, “I think it is terrific to have all three of our grade-level champions advance to the state competition in the first year that we’ve participated in the competition. I’m sure we will be looking forward to next year’s competition, too.”Starting Jan. 27, Kathryn Senor Elementary will hold support meetings for parents who wish to learn more about how they can help children read at home. Success For All Director Barb Miller will attend these meetings, as well as ELL staff members Gloria Sandoval and Beth Woerheide, who will provide support in Spanish. The meetings will be held the last Monday of each month at 3 p.m. in Room 122. Please call Beth Woerheide or Gloria Sandoval at 625-7626 if you have questions.-Kathryn Senor Elementary Teacher of the Month for January is Mary Ann Hughes and Volunteer of the Month is Kinga Fauser. Congratulations to these dedicated ladies!-Rifle High School’s Winter Fest is a week filled with special activities. Each day has a different designation, from Snowbum Day to Teacher Day, when students will be dressed as teachers. There will be a pep assembly on Thursday at 2:40 p.m. and the Sadie Hawkins Winter Ball on Friday at 8 p.m. in the gymnasium.In the spirit of the Sadie Hawkins Dance, the RHS Student Council is sponsoring a “Singled Out” event on Thursday night at 6 p.m. in the auditorium. Student Council will be sending four couples on dates and videotaping them. It is to be a fun take-off of the old “Dating Game,” and the $1 nominal admission fee will more than cover the hilarious entertainment provided.-A Financial Aid Night for Rifle High School seniors and their parents will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 15, in the RHS auditorium beginning at 7 p.m. Guidance counselors will be on hand to answer questions about college scholarships and financial aid.-The first Spring Carnival organizational meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m. at the Elk Creek Mining Company. The carnival is the main fund-raising event for both Riverside School and Kathryn Senor Elementary. It is a great way to meet other parents and contribute to the school community. There are plenty of volunteer opportunities in this evening of fun for the entire family.-Riverside School’s second Parent/Teacher Conferences of the year will be held Jan. 23, scheduled only if requested by a parent or the teacher.-Rifle High School counselors will attend a meeting at Riverside School on Wednesday, Jan. 22, to discuss high school course registration information with the eighth graders.-There will be no school for Re-2 students for a Staff Development Day on Monday, Jan. 20.

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