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Mountain Ridge 8th grader wins 2016 DCSD Spelling Bee

CASTLE ROCK – It took seven hours, 371 words and 42 rounds to declare this year’s winner of the Douglas County School District Spelling Bee.

Eighty-six students representing 60 schools took part in the Douglas County School District (DCSD) Spelling Bee on Saturday, February 6 at Castle Rock Middle School.

Tara Kuyilath of Mountain Ridge Middle School was the last one standing, correctly spelling Byzantine to win the District Spelling Bee. Madeline Proctor of American Academy was the runner up and third

place went to Maya Vendhan of Sky View Academy.

The top 25 spellers will now move forward to the Colorado State Spelling Bee, which will be held on Saturday, March 12th at DU's Sturm Hall.

2016 State Qualifiers from Douglas County School District

Shriya Amara -- Rocky Heights Middle School
Makenzi Brown -- Ranch View Middle School
Wyatt Byrne
 -- American AcademyCate Campbell--Mesa Middle School
Brayden Caylor
 -- Cimarron Middle School
Dallas Cohrs
 -- Cimarron Middle School
Paradisio Dante
 -- Castle Rock Middle School
Cara Dulin
 -- Mesa Middle School
Hannah Estes
 -- Pine Lane Elementary
Mreedul Gupta
 -- STEM School & Academy
Luke Hasselback
 -- Mesa Middle School
Otto Huffman
 -- Mammoth Heights Elementary
Deepaksh Kalra
 -- Challenge to Excellence
Kagan Killough
 -- Renaissaance Elementary Magnet School
Tara Kuyilath
 -- Mountain Ridge Middle School
Emily Lockard
 -- Sagewood Middle School
Shae Maras
 -- Castle Rock Middle School
Chinedum Nwokeukwu
 -- Ranch View Middle School
Madeline Proctor
 -- American Academy
Ryan Rodolph
 -- American Academy
Rylee Rollins
 -- Sagewood Middle School
Liam Schulz
 -- Sierra Middle School
Grace Sjaastad
 -- Parker Core Knowledge
Caitlin Takeda
 -- Castle Rock Middle School
Maya Vendhan
 -- Sky View Academy

“The diversity was evident as all of the participants, from first-time fourth graders to veteran eighth graders, showed their knowledge of vocabulary and spelling,” said Mountain Ridge Middle School Teacher Jennifer Cancino. “Congratulations to all students who participated at every level, and we wish the best of luck to the students who have advanced to the State Spelling Bee."

February 18, 2016 | By rmbarber | Category: Schools

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On February 9 the PACE Center hosted Portfolio Day for students like Sladovnik. It was an opportunity for critiques from working professional artists, and workshops. It culminates in the "Bright Futures" art exhibit - a showcase of selected work on display February 16-27.

Last month, the Board of Education passed a resolution tasking the Superintendent to convene a task force inclusive of members of the general public and staff members. This task force will develop a survey for parents of students eligible for special education services and a survey for staff members who serve students eligible for special education services.

Board members sitting at the dais

CASTLE ROCK - On February 6, the Douglas County School District (DCSD) Board of Education confirmed its commitment to begin the process of seeking approval from voters for additional local funding.

“Our children need a bond and mill levy override (MLO) to be passed in 2018, beyond any doubt,” said DCSD Board of Education President David Ray. “We want to move forward immediately with the necessary processes and collaboration with our community in order to finalize a formal funding package.”