DCSD female athletes are unstoppable!
108 female student athletes honored for National Girls and Women in Sports Day
PARKER- Senior Emily Moore is well known at Chaparral High School. She is the starting short-stop for the girls softball team. She has been named the team’s defensive player of the year for four years, and this year she was named the team’s most valuable player. This year, her team earned a Continental League win, a Regional win and placed third in the State Tournament.
Off the field, Moore started a major movement in the softball community with her Diamond Project, which donated softball equipment to young athletes in the Dominican Republic. The project culminated at Chaparral’s State Tournament.
Additionally, after graduation she will be moving to Tennessee, where she will be on the field with the Division One team at Austin Peay University.
Impressive resume! Even more impressive is, on top of all of this, Moore maintains a 4.17 grade point average.
She is one of 108 Douglas County School District (DCSD) females honored at the Girls & Women in Sports Luncheon, held on January 15 at Chaparral High School.
Held in conjunction with National Girls and Women in Sports Day, DCSD and the Douglas County Educational Foundation (DCEF) hold this annual event to recognize sports achievements, the positive influence of sports participation, and the continuing effort for equality and access for women in sports.
Ceremonies, like this one, are held in all 50 states. The inaugural National Girls and Women in Sports Day event was held in Washington, D.C. in 1987 as a day to remember Olympic volleyball player Flo Hyman for her athletic achievements and her work to ensure equality for women’s sports.
“I’m very proud of this event,” said Derek Chaney, DCSD Director of Activities and Athletics. “We’re one of the unique ones that celebrate within Colorado. I’d love to see other Districts here do it.”
Both seniors and eighth grade girls were honored at the ceremony. Students recognized are recommended by coaches, athletic directors, principals, assistant principals, and teachers. A highly selective process, the girls honored must demonstrate sustained excellence over multiple years in athletics, academics, leadership skills, and community involvement.
“A message to you eighth graders,” Chaney said to audience members at the ceremony. “Aspire to be what these seniors have become. In the next four years you have a chance to make an impact. Athletics have long term effects, I know I still draw from my experiences with athletics in high school. You’ll take some good lessons with you.”
“No other school district that I know of does something like this,” said Taylor Tembly, 9News Sports Reporter and Rock Canyon High School alumna, serving as Mistress of Ceremonies for the ceremony. “I was a recipient in the inaugural year this was created back in 2006. I can’t thank Rock Canyon or Douglas County School District enough for my education and all the opportunities that they provided me to get me to where I am today.”
“You are being honored not just for one season of excellence but for sustaining discipline all throughout high school,” Tembly told the honorees. By all accounts you are not only successful athletically, but also academically and you have incredible leadership skills. You are a kind and caring teammate, and I hope you know how proud your community is of you. Your coaches, families and teachers all put you on a pedestal. You have added so positively to so many people’s lives.
In addition to the high school and middle school athletes honored, adult athletes were honored. Kiersta Paul, former volleyball coach and Athletic Secretary at ThunderRidge High School was honored as Distinguished Guest. Coach Honorees included Ashley Harhigh, Poms Coach at ThunderRidge, and Mike Vahle, Volleyball Coach at Douglas County High School. Alumni Honorees included Melissa Gieger Gariepy, who attended Douglas County High School, and Samantha Martin, who attended Chaparral High School.