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HOPE student wins Colorado Rockies essay contest


DENVER - A HOPE Online Learning Center student was selected as one of three winners for an essay contest sponsored by the Colorado Rockies.

Paige Franklin, an eighth-grader at HOPE's Redeemer Learning Center in Denver, was selected as the middle school winner of the Colorado Rockies' Breaking Barriers Youth Essay Contest.

The contest commemorates one of the most significant moments in Major League Baseball history, when Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier on April 15, 1947. In 2004, Commissioner Selig proclaimed that April 15 would always be known as Jackie Robinson Day.

The Colorado Rockies have continued to celebrate this moment through the essay contest, by bringing more exposure to the life, values and accomplishments of not only Jackie Robinson but other African-American leaders who have inspired us to break any barrier and succeed. 

Three essays are selected by the Colorado Rockies for their Breaking Barriers Essay Contest, one representing elementary schools, middle and high schools.

Paige's essay was chosen out of hundreds of submissions, and earned her four VIP tickets to watch the Rockies take on the New York Mets on Monday, April 15.

She and the other winners will be recognized during the game.

October 14, 2013 | By Anonymous | 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.