Stella Lee, a sophomore at Mountain View High School, was named as Loveland Boys and Girls Club’s Youth of the Year for her leadership, spirit and positive outlook. Lee, a junior staff member, participates in the Keystone leadership program as well as several other activities at the Boys and Girls Club.
Thompson Education Foundation (TEF) honored excellence in education with the recognition of seven Thompson School District staff members during the 9th annual Educator Appreciation Breakfast at Embassy Suites Loveland. The recipients were chosen for dedication to their work, a high level of skill, and the ability to inspire those they interact with in the course of their work. The recipients were: Classified Employee of the Year – Sharon Johnson, Early Childhood Administration Office; APT Employee of the Year – Carol Swalley, Gifted and Talented Administrator; Elementary Teacher of the Year – Angelique Campbell, Coyote Ridge Elementary School; Secondary Teacher of the Year – Denise Morrison-Olson, Walt Clark Middle School; Principal of the Year – Tiffany Miller, Conrad Ball Middle School; and TEF Educators of the Year – Layne Arakaki, Conrad Ball Middle School, and Trish Malik, Laurene Edmondson Elementary School.
Berthoud High School sophomore Austyn Binkly took third place at 132 pounds in the 3A State Wrestling Tournament at the Pepsi Center in Denver.
The 3rd grade team at Sarah Milner Elementary School won their age group at the Battle of the Books competition that was held at the Loveland Public Library.
Loveland High School student Caitlin Parets has been named a finalist for the 2017 Boettcher Scholarship. Both Parets and classmate Alyx Job have been named as finalists for the National Merit Scholarship.
Loveland High School sophomore Erin Lang took first place in the 500-yard freestyle at the 4A State Swimming and Diving Championships in Fort Collins. She broke the school record with a time of 4:59.26. Lang also took third place in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 57.11.
Mountain View High School sophomore Stella Lee was named Boys and Girls Clubs of Larimer County Youth of the Year at a Boys and Girls Clubs breakfast. She will represent Larimer County in the state Boys and Girls Clubs Youth of the Year competition. Stella has been a Boys and Girls Clubs member for seven years. She is president of Keystone Club, a junior staff member, on the STEP team, and was accepted to join the GOCO (Get Outdoors Colorado) Youth Advisory Committee in Loveland. She also helped her club take third place in State Education Day.
Mountain View High School junior Evyn Batie was elected as President of the Northern Colorado District of Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). The Northern Colorado District is one of 10 districts in the state of Colorado. As president, Evyn will work with a team of 11 other officers. This group plans and runs an annual conference for 350 Family and Consumer Sciences students and teachers each fall. She will represent the Northern Colorado District at the State Conference.
The Thompson Agriculture Education program was awarded a Colorado FFA Foundation Grant in the amount of $3,500, which will provide funding for a greenhouse and chicken coop on the Thompson Valley High School campus. Following the greenhouse and coop construction this spring, Thompson students enrolled in agriscience classes will have the opportunity to learn about plant and animal systems firsthand. Students will be involved in planting and harvesting crops, hatching and raising chickens, collecting eggs and marketing the products that result from the “mini farm.”
Garfield Elementary School second grader Sadie Crowl received a first place Colorado Young Writers award for her story “River the Magic Dragon.”