Eleven recent graduates of the Cherry Creek School District each received a $2,500 scholarship to help them pursue a college education. The scholarships were presented by the Retired Employees of Cherry Creek Schools (RECSS) during a celebration held June 1 at the Student Achievement Resource Center.
RECCS was organized in 2006 to promote the interests and welfare of more than 500 RECCS members and to raise scholarship funds to support high school seniors in their pursuit of post-secondary education. Since 2008, RECCS has awarded 79 scholarships totaling nearly $180,000.
The scholarship recipients are selected for their accomplishments in one of three categories; Academic Achievement, Focus on Career and Technical Fields and Overcoming Adversity. Congratulations to these 2016 RECSS Scholarship recipients:
Christian Ahrenkiel – A graduate of Eaglecrest High School, Ahrenkiel will attend Quest University in Canada to “tackle the many facets of environmental issues, including business, politics and hard science.” At EHS, Ahrenkiel was named “Student of the Year” three times. An AP Scholar with Honors, he was a member of both Spanish and Science National Honor Societies, served as DECA president and editor of the EHS literary magazine.
Justin Kim – Kim is a graduate of Smoky Hill High School and will attend the University of California – Berkley to study mechanical engineering with an emphasis in design. At SHHS, Kim earned a 4.74 weighted grade point average while participating in art, athletics and serving as an officer in National Honor Society.
Spencer Bradshaw – A graduate of Smoky Hill High School, Bradshaw will attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to pursue a degree in Chemistry. He plans to become a doctor. At SHHS, Bradshaw participated in the International Baccalaureate program and many extracurricular activities, but always maintained his focus on the things that are most important: family, goals and relationships.
Kylee Sibilia – Sibilia is a graduate of Cherry Creek High School and will attend Dartmouth College, where she will major in English with an emphasis on creative writing. At CCHS, Sibilia took Advanced Placement courses in 10 subjects, was a member of both National Honor Society and National Art Honor Society, served as a student ambassador helping new students acclimate to Creek and participated in both cross country and golf.
Career and Technical Fields
Madison Baker – A graduate of Eaglecrest High School, Baker will attend Pickens Technical College to study graphic design. As a child, Baker was bullied. She found solace in art and a home in the Visual Arts program at EHS. She loves drawing, painting, pottery and photography. Her photography teacher describes her as “VERY creative and driven, working tirelessly in and out of the classroom to perfect her craft.”
Cole Bowden – Bowden is a graduate of Cherokee Trail High School and will attend the TTEN Auto Program at San Juan College in New Mexico to become a Master Toyota Technician. While in high school, Bowden spent three years in the Career and Technical Education Automotive Program, participating in the Skills USA Chapter, serving as the group’s vice president and representing Colorado at the NYC Automotive Nationals. He has worked in the automotive industry for the past year and is destined for a successful career in that field.
Alex Tucker – A graduate of Eaglecrest High School, Tucker will attend Pickens Technical College to complete the welding program before transferring to Community College of Aurora to earn an associate’s degree in applied science/business. At EHS, Tucker was accepted into the Career and Technical Education precision machining course, then the welding 1 course. Eventually he plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in metallurgy and fabrication.
Nicholas Collard – A graduate of Eaglecrest High School, Collard will attend Whitman College, where he will study economics. At EHS, Collard earned academic and departmental awards each year and graduated as an Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction. He participated in Link Crew and served as an officer for National Honor Society. All of those accomplishments came after Collard was diagnosed, at age 15, with Wegener’s disease, a rare autoimmune disease that causes inflammation of the blood vessels.
Mekael Daniel – Daniel is a graduate of Smoky Hill High School and will attend Colorado College with plans to become an occupational therapist. Despite a volatile home life, Daniel was active in many activities at SHHS. She served as a Link leader, participated in Model UN and FBLA and was named an “Excellence in Visual Arts” honoree. She maintained a 4.0 grade point average as an International Baccalaureate student.
Nataly Montellano – A graduate of Overland High School, Montellano will attend Metropolitan State University. Montellano basically supported herself and her two siblings while in high school. At OHS, she was a member of Student Council, worked on the school newspaper and played junior varsity soccer, while maintaining an excellent academic record and holding down a part-time job. She has not decided on a particular career yet, but those who know her believe she will be successful in whatever she chooses to do.
Brianna Roman – Roman is a graduate of Eaglecrest High School and will attend the University of Denver with the goal of becoming a physician specializing in pediatric oncology. Two years ago, Roman was diagnosed with a benign cyst in her leg, which required two surgeries. Throughout that ordeal, Roman maintained her passion for and commitment to the sport of lacrosse, serving as EHS team captain this past year.
You can learn more about RECCS at www.reccs.org.