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Students from five Douglas County schools capture gold at state FCCLA conference

DENVER – DCSD students competed academically with other students from across the state at the annual Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Colorado conference April 11-13 at the DTC Marriott in Denver. The results were impressive, with seven gold medals, 16 silver medals, and nine bronze medals.
In addition to the competitive events, officers were elected for the coming year. Two students from Highlands Ranch High School were elected to fill leadership roles: Letha Plecker will serve as Vice President of Membership, and Brinslie Lord will serve as Vice President of Peer Education & Programs. Pictured are students from Douglas County High School: Top row, left to right-Jenny Pan, Jessica Laury, Jen Desrosier and Charlotte Leon. Bottom row-David Moran (left) and Kaylee Miller.
FCCLA members participate in a variety of projects that include community service, career and technical education, leadership and family dynamics.

"This group of students is always looking for ways to give back, and I have no doubt that they will leave Mountain Vista even more prepared to become leaders in their future careers, families, and communities," said Kim Cox, who teaches Family and Consumer Science at Mountain Vista High School.

"The most rewarding part of working with the FCCLA students is watching them develop leadership skills; not only through competitions, but also through the numerous community service projects that the students plan and implement throughout the year," added Cox.

Medal Student(s) School Category
Gold Sarah Richards and Lauren Duke Chaparral High School Focus on Children
Silver Megan Breslin Chaparral High School Habitat for Humanity
Silver Emily Carlson and Olivia D'Amato Chaparral High School Life Event Planning
Silver Saphire Frank and Abby Horn Chaparral High School Chapter Service Display
Silver Trevor Parson and Lauren Frankel Chaparral High School Interpersonal Communications
Gold Jessica Laury Douglas County High School Illustrated Talk
Silver Jen Desrosier Douglas County High School Food Innovation
Silver Charlotte Leon Douglas County High School Food Innovation
Silver Jenny Pan Douglas County High School Nutrition and Wellness
Bronze Kaylee Miller Douglas County High School Entrepreneurship
Bronze David Moran Douglas County High School Entrepreneurship
Gold Petra Atwood Highlands Ranch High School Life Event Planning
Silver Annie Berg Highlands Ranch High School Nutrition & Wellness
Silver Alysha Larrison Highlands Ranch High School National Programs in Action - Occupational Division
Bronze Miguel Tenorio Highlands Ranch High School Illustrated Talk
Gold Danica Mainridge Mountain Vista High School Job Interview
Gold Paige Mawhinney & Savannah Raisor Mountain Vista High School Food Innovations
Gold Jordyn Nebeker & Claire Benedict Mountain Vista High School Life Event Planning
Silver Jane Chui & Meera Khatri Mountain Vista High School Focus on Children
Silver Natalie Hoagland Mountain Vista High School Fashion Stylist
Silver Maesa Kharuhadej & Cassidy Hirsch Mountain Vista High School Life Event Planning
Silver Julianne Yoss, Gwen Clark, Kimmie Stansbury Mountain Vista High School Interior Design
Bronze Lauren Ashford, Erin Galligan, Katrina Neuhalfen Mountain Vista High School Entrepreneurship
Bronze Jeff Du & Michael Pons Mountain Vista High School Food Innovations
Bronze Stephany Gonzalez & Nancy Gonzalez Mountain Vista High School Focus on Children
Bronze Whitney Merrill Mountain Vista High School Recycle and Redesign
Gold Angelina Guo ThunderRidge High School Fashion Design
Silver Ashley Cremeen ThunderRidge High School Career Investigation
Silver Micah Gutierrez, Steven Ebright, and Parker Merrel ThunderRidge High School Culinary
Silver Hannah Stoddard and Jayme Davis ThunderRidge High School Chapter Service Project
Bronze Abby Lagarde ThunderRidge High School Interpersonal Communication
Bronze Elizabeth Principato and Sara Funk ThunderRidge High School Interior Design


Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a national career and technical student organization that focuses on personal, work, and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences education. Chapter projects focus on a variety of youth concerns, including teen pregnancy, parenting, family relationships, substance abuse, peer pressure, environment, nutrition and fitness, teen violence, and career exploration. Participating students expand their leadership potential and develop necessary like skills, including goal setting, problem solving, decision making, and interpersonal communication.

May 9, 2013 | By Anonymous | Category: Communications

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.