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Athletics and Activities; contributing to student succes

​​​Jordyn Poulter.jpeg“If I could go back, I would do more.”

That’s what 2015 Eaglecrest High School graduate Jordyn Poulter says about her time in Cherry Creek Schools where she was a very involved student athlete. At Thunder Ridge Middle School, she ran track, played volleyball and was a member of the Triathlon Club and the Spanish Club. At Eaglecrest, she was a member of Key Club and led the Raptor volleyball team to four, top-eight state finishes, accumulating state and national honors along the way.

Jordyn Poulter setting a volleyball while wearing an orange jersey in the University of Illinois gym.Poulter also played club volleyball from third grade on, has played on U.S. Youth and Junior National teams and earned an athletic scholarship to the University of Illinois where she is a starter for the “Fighting Illini” women’s volleyball team.  She and her parents attribute much of her success to her involvement in extracurricular and school-sponsored sports and activities.

“She learned time management, teamwork, responsibility and leadership,” said Poulter’s father, Robert Poulter. “All of these are important life lessons that she now uses in college and will carry beyond school.”

“How to manage being on a team, working together, making friends…  Knowing how to be a leader and how to interact and bring the best out of my teammates,” added Poulter, who encourages younger students to participate in as many sports and activities as they can.

“If you’re not involved, get involved,” Poulter said. “You won’t regret it.”

448 CCHS Lacrosse State Champs.jpgVolleyball is one of 22 sports, sanctioned by the Colorado High School Activities Association and offered at the high school level in Cherry Creek Schools. (Skiing is the only CHSAA-sanctioned sport the district does not offer.) The district has a remarkable record of athletic success: CCSD student athletes have earned nearly 200 team and 300 individual state championships in the past 15 years.  They have a one-in-four chance of placing first, second or both in all sports each season.

“The Cherry Creek Schools tradition of excellence extends from academics to athletics and activities,” said Larry Bull, director of Athletics and Activities for Cherry Creek Schools. “We are committed to offering our students outstanding opportunities to participate in sports and clubs where they can build strong relationships with other students and adults, develop existing skills and discover new talents, and build self-confidence and life skills that will support their success later in life.”
 
Cherry Creek Schools also offers four middle school sports; basketball, volleyball, track and field and wrestling. At the middle school level, the emphasis is on fun and participation; there are no try-outs or cuts. Everyone can play.

Connor Sendel, a 2015 graduate of Cherry Creek High School, played four years of tennis, two on the varsity tennis team. But he found his true passion as a member of the school’s nationally-recognized Speech and Debate Team. During his four years on the team, Sendel accrued the most National Speech and Debate Association points in the school’s history. He says the experience he gained there has helped him in every aspect of his life.

“Debate taught me to quickly organize my thoughts and what I want to say, allowing me to greatly improve my communication skills, especially when speaking off the cuff,” Sendel said. “This helped me in college interviews of course, but also helps me with presentations and just on a day-to-day basis.”

Sendel is now a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania where he was accepted into the competitive Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology. He is pursuing a dual degree in mechanical engineering and management of entrepreneurship and innovation.

Scott Cohen, assistant principal, activities director and swim coach at Smoky Hill High School isn’t at all surprised by the success of students who are involved in activities and athletics.

SHHS Cheer.jpg“When students are involved in a club or sport, they develop stronger and more positive connections to their school, make friends, build positive relationships with adults and work together to better our community,” Cohen said. “Activities and athletics foster the learning of team work, time management, commitment, goal setting and leadership.  Ultimately, activities and athletics are a wonderful place for students to gain a sense of pride in their school and confidence in themselves.”

CCHS 2016 Musical 18.jpgResearch supports that assessment. Studies show that students who participate in activities and athletics have fewer absences, get better grades and are more likely to earn a college degree than students who aren’t involved. They are also highly sought after by potential employers.

In the Cherry Creek School District, between 60 and 75% of high school students and 80 to 85% of middle school students participate in one or more sport or activity. Athletics and activities are also offered at the elementary level.  Here is a sampling of the activities available at each level:

​Elementary​Middle School
​High School
Art Club
Band
Choir
Chess Club
Intramurals
Jump Rope Club
Robotics
Running Club
Science Matters
Spanish Club
Student Council

*Activities vary by school.
Art Club
Band
Brain Bowl
Choir
Chess Club
Drama
Intramurals
Jazz Band
Math League/Math Counts
Robotics
Running Club
Science Matters
Spanish Club
Student Council
Year Book

*Activities vary by school.
CHSAA Sponsored
•    Marching Band
•    Orchestra
•    Student Council
•    Vocal Music
•    Speech/Debate    
District Sponsored
•    Pep Band
•    Jazz Band
•    Drama
•    Musical
•    Newspaper
•    Yearbook
•    DECA
•    FBLA
•    Service Clubs
•    Interest Clubs

*Activities vary by school.

Posted 8/16/2016 3:40 PM


“The Cherry Creek Schools tradition of excellence extends from academics to athletics and activities. We are committed to offering our students outstanding opportunities to participate in sports and clubs where they can build strong relationships with other students and adults, develop existing skills and discover new talents, and build self-confidence and life skills that will support their success later in life.”

-Larry Bull, Director of Athletics and Activities, Cherry Creek Schools
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