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DCSD students honored by Douglas County Youth Initiative

CASTLE ROCK – Eleven Douglas County School District (DCSD) students who have overcome obstacles in their lives, from illness to tragedy, were recently honored by community leaders.

The teens, ranging in age from 13 to 19, were celebrated at the annual Douglas County Outstanding Youth Award Ceremony. The event was held on April 29 at Douglas County’s Phillip S. Miller building in Castle Rock. 

The youth honored represented eight DCSD schools, including:
Castle View High School
Daniel C. Oakes High School
Douglas County High School
Legend High School
Mountain Vista High School
Rocky Heights Middle School
Thunder Ridge High School
Sierra Middle School

The students were nominated for many reasons by a parent, community member or staff member from the school they attend.  

During the event, each teen was spotlighted with their nominator sharing with the audience why this young member of the community was chosen.  The teens receiving this award have all overcome obstacles and risen to the challenges life has presented. 

Some examples of what this year’s recipients have done include overcoming tremendous physical health challenges, family tragedy, adversity, volunteering countless hours in the community, or raising thousands of dollars to support cancer research.  

May 12, 2015 | By rmbarber | Category:

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