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5 DCSD students receive Boettcher Scholarships

 
DENVER – After rigorously considering more than 1,300 applicants, the Board of Trustees of the Boettcher Foundation has selected 40 Colorado high school seniors, including five from Douglas County, to receive 2013 Boettcher Foundation Scholarships.
 
These scholars are awarded “full-ride” merit based scholarships to attend a college or university within the State of Colorado. Each student has to be in at least the top 5% of his or her class, have a combined score of 1200 on the Critical Reading and Math sections of the SAT or 27 on the ACT. 
 
2013 Douglas County School District Boettcher Scholars
Amy Chen, Highlands Ranch High School
Cameron Coday, Chaparral High School  
Floyd Pierce, Highlands Ranch High School 
Meagan Stack, Rock Canyon High School 
Emily Wagner, Mountain Vista High School
 
The Douglas County Boettcher Scholars are exceptional beyond their academics.
 
Amy Chen, Highlands Ranch High School
University of Colorado, Boulder
 
While Highlands Ranch High School’s Amy Chen has scored a perfect ACT and completed several Advanced Placement (AP) courses, one of the accomplishments that she is most proud of, is outside of the classroom. She says she “persevered” through four years of track.
 
“I am definitely not good at track, but you stick with it, right? That is what I did and it really did pay off,” Chen explained. “It is through track that I found a sense of belonging and I made a lot of friends.”
 
She focused on the 100 and 300-meter hurdles.
 
“There was the physical aspect of it, where you go, ‘I have to make it through and I have to push through it. I cannot give up,’ Chen said.
 
During her senior year she earned a co-captain position on the track team.
 
“People ask me how I lead in track and it is definitely not as an example, because I can not run very fast,” Chen said with a laugh.
 
While Chen will no doubt use that perseverance when she takes on a chemical engineering degree this fall at the University of Colorado at Boulder, she says that she plans to give back regardless of what industry she ends up in.
 
She has been actively involved in the Cunningham Foundation, which works to help the poor in developing countries.
 
“He inspired me to make a positive difference for others. No matter what career you’re in, you can always give to someone else,” Chen said. “It doesn’t matter if you’re a businessman, or a doctor or a philanthropist. You can give in other ways, even with your career.”
 
One of her passions is fighting hunger.
 
“I don’t know what I want to do necessarily, but I know I at least want to contribute to making this world a better place,” Chen added. “I know that sounds so cheesy, but that is really what I want to do.”
 
 
Cameron Coday, Chaparral High School  
University of Colorado, Boulder
 
After three years as a drum major at Chaparral High School, Cameron Coday knows there is no place she would rather be than a school’s band room.  She has set her sights on becoming a music teacher.
 
“I would love to teach band. Band has done so much for me in the past,” explained Coday.
 
She says that she would love to follow in the footsteps of Chaparral’s Director of Bands, Steve Hinman, whom she chose to honor as part of her Boettcher acceptance.
 
“Mr. Hinman is the only teacher I’ve had for four years. I would love to impact a student that way,” Coday said.
 
In addition to earning a place in the All-State Orchestra this and last year, the clarinetist has been an active leader within her school and District.
 
“Camy is one of those students that does so much around the school,” said Hinman. “She does the announcements every day. She’s been in two periods of band throughout her entire high school career.”
 
Not to mention the drum major position.
 
“There are a lot of extra responsibilities that go along with that. I know that she is probably staying up until 2 or 2:30 in the morning doing homework,” Hinman said. “Not only is she doing all those things, but she’s taking all the AP classes.”
 
She was even an active part of Students Making a Reliable Tomorrow (SMART), a student group which worked to bring student concerns about class sizes and budgeting to District leadership.
 
“Without coming to the board meetings and seeing everything works, I wouldn’t have wanted to pursue the career,” Coday said.
 
Despite her busy schedule, Hinman says Coday still found time to tudor other students.
 
She says one day she would love to have an opportunity to teach at her old high school. 
 
“I will probably be coming back,” Coday said. “I love Douglas County.”
 
 
Floyd Pierce, Highlands Ranch High School
University of Colorado, Boulder
 
You can bet everyone at Highlands Ranch High School knows Floyd Pierce. During his senior year he was the assembly emcee, giving him the opportunity to stand in front of the entire student body, leading them in activities and cheers.
 
“That was one of my favorite things, emceeing the whole school and really raising school spirit,” Pierce explained.
 
He also starred in Highlands Ranch’s production of Seven Guitars and was a drum major for the school’s marching band, and a first chair tenor saxophonist in the All State band.
 
While Pierce is planning on majoring in environmental sciences, he plans to nurture his love of the performing arts with a minor in music and hopefully a spot on the University of Colorado Golden Buffalo Marching Band.
 
He says he is extremely grateful for the Boettcher Scholarship.
 
“Honestly it is probably one of the biggest honors I have gotten in my life. Just to know that all my hard work throughout my school career has paid off has paid off like this, is such an honor,” Pierce said.
 
 
Meagan Stack, Rock Canyon High School 
Colorado State University
 
There is no doubt; Meagan Stack is a people person.
 
“I’m always happiest when I’m around people and can make other people happy,” Stack said.
 
It is easy to see why she has chosen to study business management, with a focus on human resources (HR) when she goes to Colorado State University in Fort Collins this fall.
 
“HR always stood out to me, because I get to be involved with people all day long, helping people and making their lives easier and being more involved with them,” Stack explained.
 
She has a bit of a head start on most of her CSU classmates, thanks to the work she has done at Rock Canyon.
 
“I have taken pretty much every business class possible at my high school. I’ve also been very involved in FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) and DECA, the business organizations for students in high school,” Stack said.
 
One of her business teachers encouraged her to not only join her sophomore year, but then to consider leadership positions along the way.  As a junior, she was vice president of both DECA and FBLA and then the president of both organizations in her senior year. 
 
“I look back and pinch myself, wishing I had joined earlier,” Stack said.
 
Last year she won a national award from DECA in principals of business management and administration. This year she and her two teammates won FBLA state in management and decision-making.
 
During the summers, she has also gotten some real-world experience in management—as a camp counselor, through her church.
 
“I am actually a ‘Ma’ this year, so we’re kind of the head of our family for our teams,” Stack said. “I love working with kids. It’s probably the highlight of my summers.”
 
Over the past couple summers she has also worked at a camp for special needs campers.
 
“They were just amazing to work with them and to love on them,” Stack said.
 
 
Emily Wagner, Mountain Vista High School 
University of Colorado, Boulder
 
Eventually Emily Wagner hopes to be a doctor. 
 
She will attend the University of Colorado Boulder to study Integrative Physiology, with a minor in Spanish.
 
 
The DCSD graduates will have an opportunity to meet all of the other Boettcher Scholars on Thursday. Many of the 40 scholarship recipients will be going to a Colorado Rockies game—before heading off to their respective campuses this fall.
 
About the Boettcher Foundation Scholarship
Since 1937, the Boettcher Foundation’s mission has been to invest in the minds and mortar of Colorado. They do this by awarding 4-year-instate scholarships to the state’s top high school seniors, awarding Biomedical Research grants to early career investigators and by providing capital grants to Colorado nonprofits. Learn more about the foundation or the scholarship program at www.BoettcherFoundation.org.
 
In it’s 61 years, the Boettcher Scholarship Program has awarded more than 2,300 scholarships, with more than $3.0 million paid out each year. This places the program among the largest merit-based scholarship programs in the nation.
 
The “full-ride” scholarship includes virtually all college expenses to attend the Colorado school of each Scholar’s choice: full tuition, fees, a book allowances and an annual stipend for living expenses. The award is granted for eight semesters or twelve quarters at either a public or private four-year college or university in the state—but only as long as the Scholar maintains a cumulative GPA of 3.0.
June 5, 2013 | By Anonymous | Category: Communications

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