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‘Game On’ for Douglas County School District’s top female athletes

Girls & Women in Sports speakers

PARKER – Douglas County School District (DCSD) recently celebrated the contributions made by female athletes to their sport, school, District and community, during a special luncheon marking National Women and Girls in Sports Day.

This is the ninth year that the Douglas County Educational Foundation (DCEF) has partnered with DCSD to host an event. National Women and Girls in Sports Day was originally instituted in 1987 as a day to remember Olympic volleyball player Flo Hyman for her athletic achievements and her work to assure access for women in sports. National Girls and Women in Sports Day has become a day to acknowledge the past and recognize the current and future sports achievements and the positive influences of sports participation.  

During this year's event, held on Friday, January 16, 108 female athletes from across the District were recognized, including five seniors from from each high school and seven eighth-graders from each middle school.

Jennifer Kmezich House, current coach, teacher and former soccer player at Douglas County High School recounted her experience with failure when she failed her first fitness test as a scholarship athlete at Texas A&M University. She was the most fit, but failed due to lack of preparation.

She used the situation to earn her spot on the field, eventually winning the prestigious 12th Man award from her team. “Prep yourself for failure, but know you have the opportunity to let it beat you down or motivate you forward.”

According to Nancy Hogshead-Makar, Olympic gold medalist in swimming, research shows that sports are associated with great benefits, like lower teenage pregnancy rates, better grades and higher self-esteem.

One in three high school girls play sports compared to half of high school boys.

Stated Hogshead-Makar, “I know these girls probably participate because it is fun, or because of their teammates, but team sports can result in lifelong improvements to educational, work and health prospects throughout their adult life.”

The celebration was sprinkled with personal stories, lessons and core values instilled by coaches over years. Honored coach Kevin Gelroth commended the girls on their commitment to their sport and echoed the importance of sports in instilling positive life skills.

“Know that what you are involved in, is a lesson in life.” Gelroth explained, “All teachers and coaches are mentors and role models to teach to the game then to take those lessons to apply later in life.”

2015 Girls & Women in Sports Honorees

Kevin Gelroth

Coach

Jen House

Alumni

Allison Hradek

Alumni

Annette Sulzman

Distinguished Guest

Kimberlee Bourelle

Castle View High School

Mikayla Gonzales

Castle View High School

Savannah Heebner

Castle View High School

Madison Laufenberg

Castle View High School

Taylor Smith

Castle View High School

Alison Cunningham

Chaparral High School

Brenna Graves

Chaparral High School

Ashley Pinto

Chaparral High School

Catherine Ray

Chaparral High School

Jordan Rosen

Chaparral High School

Mattison DeGarmo

Douglas County High School

Samantha Hardy

Douglas County High School

Solana Quistorff

Douglas County High School

Victoria Servais

Douglas County High School

Kelsey Ubben

Douglas County High School

Hannah Braun

Highlands Ranch High School

Kelly Brunstein

Highlands Ranch High School

Kasia Kerridge

Highlands Ranch High School

Jenna Pluemer

Highlands Ranch High School

Shayli Siegfreid

Highlands Ranch High School

Makenna Berlinski

Legend High School

Sophia Brennan

Legend High School

Anna Kennedy

Legend High School

Lauren Moden

Legend High School

Joey Sale

Legend High School

Alyssa Devers

Mountain Vista High School

Grace Haasbeek

Mountain Vista High School

Morgan McDougal

Mountain Vista High School

Andrea Mitchell

Mountain Vista High School

Jennifer Penneck

Mountain Vista High School

Sarah Coleman

Ponderosa High School

Sarah Lark

Ponderosa High School

Rebecca Page

Ponderosa High School

Allison Power

Ponderosa High School

Cameron Sawyer

Ponderosa High School

Madeline Brown

Rock Canyon High School

Millicent Micho

Rock Canyon High School

Caleigh Newberry

Rock Canyon High School

Kendall Smith

Rock Canyon High School

Jessica Stapleton

Rock Canyon High School

Emma Atwell

ThunderRidge High School

Kathryn Desch

ThunderRidge High School

Kayla Hill

ThunderRidge High School

Gabrielle Smith

ThunderRidge High School

Emily Waters

ThunderRidge High School

Jamie Bain

Castle Rock Middle School

Madison Boekes

Castle Rock Middle School

Abigail Bohrer

Castle Rock Middle School

Makenna Larsen

Castle Rock Middle School

Morgan Leadens

Castle Rock Middle School

Anneka Looney

Castle Rock Middle School

Alexis Smith

Castle Rock Middle School

Katharine Bennett

Cimarron Middle School

Olivia Bradley

Cimarron Middle School

Lauren Gay

Cimarron Middle School

Ciera Johnson

Cimarron Middle School

Ashtyn Kirchner

Cimarron Middle School

Mercedes Nerios

Cimarron Middle School

Nicole Seichter

Cimarron Middle School

Mikayla Bordas Martin

Cresthill Middle School

Jillian Borgerding

Cresthill Middle School

Kaitlin Buffington

Cresthill Middle School

Madeline Crea

Cresthill Middle School

Caroline Eck

Cresthill Middle School

Destiny Grimes

Cresthill Middle School

Rachel Van Gundy

Cresthill Middle School

Paige Bosacker

Mesa Middle School

Kimberly Bramwell

Mesa Middle School

Christen Ellis

Mesa Middle School

Jasmine Ferdowsian

Mesa Middle School

Madeleine Frost

Mesa Middle School

Haley Glover

Mesa Middle School

Tristen McConnell

Mesa Middle School

Julia Chambers

Mountain Ridge Middle School

Katherine Jacobsen

Mountain Ridge Middle School

Quinn Kamberos

Mountain Ridge Middle School

Amanda Marlow

Mountain Ridge Middle School

Lauren Repella

Mountain Ridge Middle School

Zoe Simmons

Mountain Ridge Middle School

Emilee Sloan

Mountain Ridge Middle School

Hannah Holzemer

Ranch View Middle School

Catherine Karr

Ranch View Middle School

Allison Lavoie

Ranch View Middle School

Elizabeth Levi

Ranch View Middle School

Mckenzie Maier

Ranch View Middle School

Abbey Semivan

Ranch View Middle School

Rachel Welch

Ranch View Middle School

Berit Erickson

Rocky Heights Middle School

Sophie Grimm

Rocky Heights Middle School

Randi Higashi

Rocky Heights Middle School

Brittney Hutchison

Rocky Heights Middle School

Kylie Hutchison

Rocky Heights Middle School

Courtney Lane

Rocky Heights Middle School

Rachel Schutte

Rocky Heights Middle School

Hannah Bowen

Sagewood Middle School

Haley Courkamp

Sagewood Middle School

Caroline Craw

Sagewood Middle School

Brooke Harper

Sagewood Middle School

Olivia Hernandez

Sagewood Middle School

Taylor Wiebold

Sagewood Middle School

Mikaley Yaroch

Sagewood Middle School

Adalynne Almeida

Sierra Middle School

Kelly Durkin

Sierra Middle School

Anna Hossfeld

Sierra Middle School

Julia Lanskey

Sierra Middle School

Olivia Lauffer

Sierra Middle School

Megan Steinheimer

Sierra Middle School

Katherine Webster

Sierra Middle School

January 21, 2015 | By SCPaulsen | Category: Athletics and Activities

District News

graduates standing in line outside, smiling

DOUGLAS COUNTY – Graduation rates in the Douglas County School District (DCSD) continue to climb. Data released today by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) shows the on-time, four-year graduation rate is now 90.4 percent.

DCSD students also made an impressive showing at graduation. The class of 2017 earned more than $82 million in scholarships.

DCSD has one of the highest graduation rates in the Denver metro area. According to CDE, DCSD graduation rates have risen steadily from 81.9 percent in 2009 to 90.4 percent in 2017.

Five female students standing on stage smiling and laughing at the awards ceremony

The top two-percent of female athletes in Douglas County School District (DCSD) were honored at the annual Girls and Women in Sports Luncheon last week at Chaparral High School. This year represented the 30th national celebration of Girls and Women in Sports Day, created to encourage and promote the participation of girls in athletics. The girls who were honored were selected by their school’s coaches, athletic directors and principals for their outstanding achievements.

Superintendent Search text based logo

Working through the recent winter break, the Douglas County School District Board of Education has kicked off its search for DCSD’s next permanent superintendent. Following a thorough vetting of potential search firms, Ray & Associates (no relation to Board Director David Ray) has been hired to conduct the national search. The cost of the firm, excluding travel expenses, is $40,000. The money will come from the school board's budget, which is used for costs such as legal expenses and conferences.