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Governor’s office chooses Legend senior to represent Douglas County

PARKER – A Legend High School senior has been chosen for a huge honor—the chance to represent Douglas County during a governor led effort to rebrand Colorado.
In an attempt to involve and unify communities, spark local economies, and attract tourism in the state, Governor John Hickenlooper has launched Making Colorado, an effort to find new ways to market the state.  As part of the project he chose two high school students from each county, including Legend senior Kristen Autret, to participate in an eight week long social media internship.  
Each week follows a theme, and they were instructed to create a Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr account where they could post pictures, stories and facts about their county.
One weeks theme allowed for Autret to discover Daniels Park; known for its’ hiking and biking trails, historical significance, and wildlife.  She couldn’t believe the vastness and diversity of suburban Douglas County.
“I really wanted to reach out to the community and show that these things are right under their nose,” Autret said.
She stumbled upon the opportunity with Making Colorado while surfing the Internet and went into it blindly, not realizing how much work it was actually going to be.  It has turned out to be a perfect summer project, however. Without schoolwork or a job, she has poured herself into the project, which will look great on her resume.
“For me, it’s about the experience.  I get to interact with Colorado leaders who care about the community as much as I do.  It also fits perfectly into what I want to do as a career so I am just grateful for the opportunity.”
Autret is still deciding where she wants to pursue her degree in mass communication and public relations, but she is confident that she will remain in Colorado. 
As part of her project she has to attain more than 100 followers. Follow her on the following social media accounts: 
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.