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Cherry Creek Schools students honored as Aurora Scholars

families and friends of the aurora scholars packed hinkley high school's gym for the award ceremony. Two nights, two standing-room-only crowds of proud parents, grandparents and family members. Among them, Raylene and Chris Calicchia, who were doubly proud. Both of their sons were chosen as Aurora Scholars from Black Forest Hills Elementary. Tanner was the third-grade representative and Connor represented fifth grade.

Calicchia Family matching with light purple and rose pink shirts. “We couldn’t believe it,” said Raylene Calicchia. “We were beyond blessed. Blessed with our school and blessed with our principal.”

Principal Ty Muma was on hand to introduce the Calicchia boys and three other Black Forest Hills students who were named Aurora Scholars for 2016.

Each year, the City of Aurora honors high-achieving students in Cherry Creek Schools, Aurora Public Schools and Aurora’s private and parochial schools. Students have to be nominated for the honor by one of their teachers. One student from each grade level is selected from each elementary, middle and high school in Aurora.

This year, 509 students were honored as Aurora Scholars during presentations on April 26 at Smoky Hill High School and April 27 at Hinkley High School. The scholars were recognized by officials from the City of Aurora and their schools and districts, for their academic achievements and for contributing to their school and community.

“You are the future of the city of Aurora,” said Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan as he congratulated the students.

Congratulations to all of the Cherry Creek School District’s Aurora Scholars!

​Antelope Ridge Elementary

Marley Kenny-Johnson, 1st grade
Cole Chavez, 2nd grade
Breanna Douglas, 3rd grade
Ailee Abraham, 4th grade
Ruben Soto, 5th grade
students from Antelope Ridge dressed up in front of the aurora scholars banner. A consistent red and blue color scheme.
​Arrowhead Elementary

Raquelle Barnaby, 1st grade
Ella Nichelson, 2nd grade
Spencer Wakefield, 3rd grade
Juan Emanuel (Manny) Reyes, 4th grade
Gael Bernal-Vargas, 5th grade
students from Arrowhead elementary dressed up, boys with their hair slicked back, and girls with denim tops in front of banner.
​Aspen Crossing Elementary

Maya Hosokawa, 1st grade
Lily Gray, 2nd grade
Isabella Sarmiento, 3rd grade
Kristian Bernal, 4th grade
Divya Ganthula, 5th grade
students from Aspen Crossing with a color scheme of blue and pink smile big in front of the purple aurora scholars banner.
​Black Forest Hills Elementary

Kenneth English, 1st grade
Subira Abuaba, 2nd grade
Tanner Calicchia, 3rd grade
Brooklynn Lucas Thrasher, 4th grade
Connor Calicchia, 5th grade
students from Black Forest Hills with a color scheme of blue and lavender smiling with principal in front of purple banner.
​Buffalo Trail Elementary

Lindsie Gray, 1st grade
Jadden Salazar, 2nd grade
Connor Merchant, 3rd grade
Grace McAllister, 4th grade
Zoe Goraczkowski, 5th grade
student from Buffalo Trail with purple and light blue attire half smiling with principal in front of purple banner.
​Canyon Creek Elementary

Jackson Stiles, 1st grade
Haset Solomon, 2nd grade
Bronwyn Jones, 3rd grade
Thanh-Nhan Pham, 4th grade
Gabe Hockenberry, 5th grade
students from Canyon Creek half with dark purple and black attire, the others with rainbow and white shirts in front of banner.
​Cimarron Elementary

Jovani Galvani, 1st grade
Landen Holmes, 2nd grade
Allan Erazo Vargas, 3rd grade
Xzavier Salazar, 4th grade
Morgan Turner, 5th grade
students from Cimarron wearing red, white, blue, and black some smiling in front of aurora scholars banner.
​Coyote Hills Elementary

Jade McDaniel, 1st grade
Rachel Miller, 2nd grade
Lucas Barrett, 3rd grade
Alex McNeil, 4th grade
Leah Jenni, 5th grade
​Dakota Valley Elementary

Brycen Mayta, 1st grade
Alexandra Zubueni, 2nd grade
Luke Severts, 3rd grade
Anabel Rassin, 4th grade
Randy Quach, 5th grade
students from dakota valley wearing red, white, black, and purple smiling big in fron of aurora scholars banner.
​Eastridge Community Elementary

Tori Tsirlin, 1st grade
Nathan Palmer, 2nd grade
Jair Gomez Morales, 3rd grade
Christopher Romero, 4th grade
Ahmad Abdou, 5th grade
students from Eastridge Elementary wearing beige, denim, grey, and white in front of a brick wall.
​Fox Hollow Elementary

Sara Miller, 1st grade
Ava Lichwalla, 2nd grade
Raimah Al Haddad, 3rd grade
Xavier Tolman, 4th grade
Ashlyn Turbyfill, 5th grade
students from Fox Hollow wearing summer colors with their principal in front of the aurora scholars banner.
​Highline Community Elementary

Dantily Samoura, Jr., 1st grade
Roy Coleman, 2nd grade
Adlan Suliman, 3rd grade
Jazmin Sandoval, 4th grade
Ingrid Munoz Trejo, 5th grade
students from Highline Community suited up in beige blazers with blue and orange dress shirts, in front of a brick wall.
​Independence Elementary

Andrea Stadig, 1st grade
Savannah Johnson, 2nd grade
Kamryn Buckley, 3rd grade
Mareon Chapman, 4th grade
Cross Benavidez, 5th grade
students from Independence  wearing purple, pink, black, and blue smiling big in front of the purple aurora scholars banner.
​Indian Ridge Elementary

Laila Thomas, 1st grade
Ella Rice, 2nd grade
Amari Jones, 3rd grade
Ryan Mendez, 4th grade
Kole Miles, 5th grade
​Meadow Point Elementary

Rey Morales Galindo, 1st grade
Jazzlyn Ward, 2nd grade
Davine Armijo, 3rd grade
Larenz Johnson, 4th grade
Kylie Ray, 5th grade
students from Meadow Point wearing red, pink, black, purple, and white in front of the purple aurora scholars banner.
​Mission Viejo Elementary

Aniya Coleman, 1st grade
Micah Zucker, 2nd grade
Riley Zimmer, 3rd grade
Kale Sedillo, 4th grade
Ayanna Daniels, 5th grade
students from Mission Viejo wearing green, pink, blue, white, and black in front of the purple aurora scholars banner.
​Peakview Elementary

Julia Swa, 1st grade
Laurel Bunger, 2nd grade
Gabriella Ginsburg, 3rd grade
Brooklyn Peterson, 4th grade
Raenna Addaie, 5th grade
students from peakview wearing purple, black, and white with their prinicpal in front of the purple aurora scholars banner.
​Pine Ridge Elementary

Avery Camp, 1st grade
Camryn Ashamalla, 2nd grade
Ezekiel Cornelio, 3rd grade
Adelaide Schmitt, 4th grade
Gabby Trownsell, 5th grade
students from Pine Ridge wearing purple, white, and black with their principal in front of the purple aurora scholars banner.
​Polton Elementary

Amy Mokan, 1st grade
Laeta Peterson, 2nd grade
Tensae Zeleke, 3rd grade
Madison Patterson, 4th grade
Abigail Goodwin, 5th grade
students from polton wearing blue, pink, black, and white with their principal in front of the purple aurora scholars banner.
​Ponderosa Elementary

Kyle Robinson, 1st grade
Darlene Boateng, 2nd grade
Isabella Garcia Martinez, 3rd grade
Celia Lafferty, 4th grade
Emilio Lopez, 5th grade
students from ponderosa wearing gold, purple, blue, green, and black in front of a brick wall with the purple banner.
​Red Hawk Ridge Elementary

Parker Wiley, 1st grade
Anton Shymko, 2nd grade
Ryan Boobar, 3rd grade
Ashlynn Mojica, 4th grade
Rebecca Ruesta, 5th grade
students from Red Hawk Ridge wearing red, grey, and blue in front of the purple aurora scholars banner.
​Rolling Hills Elementary

Eva Manuele, 1st grade
Ritvik Goyal, 2nd grade
Peyton Carlson, 3rd grade
Jady Anderson, 4th grade
Quincy Humphrey, 5th grade
principal of rolling hills elementary with five aurora scholars from her school.
​Sagebrush Elementary

Brooklyn Darden, 1st grade
Camnitt Muk, 2nd grade
Ryan Novy, 3rd grade
Malia Moorman Tezak, 4th grade
Jessica Juliana Da Silva Martinez, 5th grade
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​Summit Elementary

Demetrius Robles, 1st grade
Rachel Beisel, 2nd grade
Timothy Speech, 3rd grade
Feben Araia, 4th grade
Victor Ngure, 5th grade
students from summit wearing grey, green, pink and red in front of the purple aurora scholars banner.
​Sunrise Elementary

Natalie Ottinger, 1st grade
Jese Jaramillo, 2nd grade
Braeden Perry, 3rd grade
Jason Ingalls, 4th grade
Sohia Watkins, 5th grade
​Timberline Elementary

Stratton Anderson, 1st grade
Jennifer Tejawijaya, 2nd grade
Jose Flores, 3rd grade
Judit Owusu-Sekeyere, 4th grade
Roger Richards, 5th grade
students from timberline wearing blue, red, white and black with their principal in front of the purple aurora scholars banner.
​Village East Elementary

Bernard Sellers, 1st grade
Banean Aljewad, 2nd grade
Isabella Lira, 3rd grade
Jason Hoang, 4th grade
Isabelle Ramirez, 5th grade
students from Village East wearing blue, beige, grey and white in front of a brick wall with the purple aurora scholars banner.
​Falcon Creek Middle School

Thomas Ho, 6th grade
Hunter Midgett, 7th grade
Fabrizzzio Biorggio,8th grade
students from falcon creek wearing black, blue, yellow, and red in front of the purple aurora scholars banner.
Fox Ridge Middle School

Jasmine Rivera, 6th grade
Ny Asia Crosley, 7th grade
Breana Jansa, 8th grade
students from fox ridge wearing blue, beige, pink, and white with their principal in front of the purple aurora scholars banner.
​Horizon Community Middle School

Wesley Gilbert, 6th grade
Samantha Rodriguez, 7th grade
Ryan DeJournett, 8th grade
students from Horizon Community wearing blue, black, and white with flowers in their dress shirts in front of a brick wall.
​Laredo Middle School

Paige Marie Little, 6th grade
Lydia Shimelis, 7th grade
Marquay Martin Wognum, 8th grade
students from laredo wearing pink, black, and white in front of the purple aurora scholars banner.
​Liberty Middle School

Gabriella Black, 6th grade
Safiya Dhunna, 7th grade
Noah Turbyfill, 8th grade
students from liberty wearing blue, green, and black in front of the purple aurora scholars banner,
​Prairie Middle School

Jack Lausten, 6th grade
Danya Al Nazal, 7th grade
Yara Ahmed, 8th grade
students from prairie wearing pink, grey, beige, and black in front of a brick wall with the purple aurora scholars banner.
​Sky Vista Middle School

Favour Akpokiere, 6th grade
Natalie Burr, 7th grade
Dalain Wilson, 8th grade
students from sky vista wearing purple, black, and white with their principal in front of the purple aurora scholars banner.
​Thunder Ridge Middle School

Lauren Billings, 6th grade
Carson White, 7th grade
Menna Tarekegne, 8th grade
students from thunder ridge wearing gold, navy blue, grey, and black with their principal in front of the purple scholars banner
​Cherokee Trail High School

Ritika Chopra, 9th grade
Jorge Halvas Nottenbohm, 10th grade
Zariah Smith, 11th grade
Ji Sub Lim, 12th grade
students from cherokee trail wearing pink, beige, black and blue in front of the purple aurora scholars banner..
​Grandview High School

Alyssa Kong, 9th grade
Alene Winslow, 10th grade
Isabelle Aboaf, 11th grade
Melanie Jenkins, 12th grade
​Overland High School

Nyzayah Dean, 9th grade
Mihret Gelinas, 10th grade
Sean Kelly, 11th grade
Paola Montellano, 12th grade
students from overland wearing yellow, black, green, and blue in front of a brick wall with the purple aurora scholars banner.
​Smoky Hill High School

Kenneth Foster, 9th grade
Jacqueline Kamlet, 10th grade
Taylor Phillips Jones, 11th grade
Omar Jeelani, 12th grade
students from smoky hill wearing blue, grey, and black in front of the purple aurora scholars banner.


 

Posted 4/29/2016 3:07 PM
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