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ThunderRidge senior named delegate, bound for Washington D.C.

ThunderRidge High School Senior Brandon Lee

DENVER – Colorado Commissioner of Education Robert Hammond has announced that ThunderRidge High School senior Brandon Lee is one of the two students who have been selected as Colorado delegates to the 53rd annual U.S. Senate Youth Program.
 
A group of 104 student delegates from across the country will attend the program’s 53rd annual Washington Week, March 7 – 14, 2015 in Washington, D.C. As a delegate, Lee will attend meetings and briefings with members of Congress and their staff, the president, a justice of the Supreme Court, leaders of cabinet agencies, an ambassador to the U.S. and senior members of the national media.
 
Lee will also receive a $5,000 undergraduate college scholarship with encouragement to continue coursework in government, history and public affairs.
 
Ranked first in his class, Lee participates in a variety of activities. He serves as the executive representative for the Colorado Association of Student Councils, and is involved in All-State Orchestra, football, track, Boy Scouts and community service. Following graduation, Brandon plans to study public health and political science. In the future, he hopes to pursue a career in public service and represent Asian-American immigrants.
 
Follow this link to learn more about The United States Senate Youth Program.

January 14, 2015 | By SCPaulsen | Category: High School Education, Schools

District News

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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.

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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.

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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.