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ThunderRidge senior gets accepted into college, medical school

HIGHLANDS RANCH – Like many students, ThunderRidge High School valedictorian Jun Lee has dreams of becoming a doctor. He is now getting a helping hand from the University of Colorado Denver. Lee has been chosen by the University to be part of an elite group of students, who have not only been accepted at CU Denver, but also the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
 
Ten high school seniors are chosen each year for CU Denver’s BA/BS-MD program. The partnership between CU’s School of Medicine and CU Denver’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, which began in 2010, offers students from a variety of academic, economic, geographical, and cultural backgrounds a continuous path to obtain a bachelor’s degree and a medical degree within eight years. In other words, while most students have to fight for a spot in medical school after four years of undergraduate work, Lee and the other students have a direct path into the medical program.
 
Being accepted into the BA/BS-MD program enables the students to earn a reserved seat in the CU School of Medicine at the Anschutz Medical Campus provided the student meets a specific set of required standards.
 
“It was a very special honor and opportunity,” Lee said 
 
“I’ve been really interested in medicine since a very early age.  I really found human anatomy very interesting,” Lee said. “I don’t have any doctors in my family. Most of my family members are teachers and they encouraged reading. When I was really young, I had these children’s books [about the human body].”
 
Lee, who has a 4.41 GPA and has also been accepted into the University of Colorado Denver’s Honors & Leadership program, says he would like to be a clinical doctor one day, perhaps with a family or pediatrician practice.
 
As you might guess, the expectations for Lee and the other outstanding students accepted into this program are high.  In order to keep their reserved spot in the first year medical class on the Anschutz Medical Campus, the students must commit to completing their undergraduate degree in four years while maintaining a minimum 3.5 grade point average, participating in a variety of supporting and supplemental activities both on and off campus and attaining a minimum score of 28 on the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT).
 
Students interested in applying for the program should visit the University of Colorado Denver website.
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.