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Mountain Ridge student claims second place in state geography bee

HIGHLANDS RANCH – An eighth-grade student from Mountain Ridge Middle School finished in second place during the recent Colorado Geographic Bee.

Colter Giem made it to the final round of the bee, which was held at Sturm Hall on the University of Denver campus on April 4.

He was defeated by a three-time winner of the state’s geography bee, Pranit Nanda, who is also an eighth-grader from Aurora Quest K-8 in Aurora.

Nanda won the honor of representing Colorado at the National Bee, by correctly answering the following question:

2014 Winning Question: What sea in the Arctic Ocean separates the Taymyr Peninsula from the archipelago Novaya Zemlya?

Answer: the Kara Sea

The National Geographic Society conducts the Geographic Bee, at all levels. For more information, visit the official National Geographic Bee website

Giem was one of 100 students who participated in the 2014 Geographic Bee.

April 9, 2014 | By rmbarber | Category:

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.