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Retired Employees of Cherry Creek Schools award $36,000 in scholarships to deserving graduates

RECCS Scholarship recipient Ian LimburgOn May 19, Ian Limburg, a 2022 graduate of Cherry Creek Elevation, stood before a crowd of retired Cherry Creek Schools teachers and staff members in the atrium at the Cherry Creek Innovation Campus. He expressed his gratitude for their part in helping him pursue his dream of becoming a commercial pilot.

“Thank you to everyone for being here and for making this possible,” said Limburg, who is the recipient of a $3,000 Career & Technical Scholarship from the Retired Employees of Cherry Creek Schools (RECCS). “Without this, it would make it a lot harder for me to do that. It’s my dream and it’s not cheap, so this is going to help me a lot.”

Limburg will attend Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia this fall, where he will earn a degree in aviation along with his pilot’s license. He received one of two Career & Technical scholarships presented by RECCS.

The group of retired educators is dedicated to raising funds for scholarships for deserving CCSD graduates. RECCS holds “RECCS U” classes throughout the year to provide members and people in the community inexpensive classes on a variety of topics. The group also holds a silent auction in the fall and accepts donations year-round to fund its scholarship program.

RECCS presented the second Career & Technical scholarship to Eaglecrest High School graduate Megan Peppin, who will study physical therapy at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Ill.

2022 RECCS scholarship recipientsIn addition, RECCS presented five Merit Scholarships and five Adversity Scholarships, each worth $3,000. The Merit Scholarship recipients are:

  • Hannah Kim, Smoky Hill High School graduate who will attend Carthage College in Kenosha, Wis.;
  • Madison Manning, Overland High School graduate who will attend Syracuse University in Syracuse, N.Y.;
  • Kel McDavid, Cherry Creek High School graduate who will attend the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla.;
  • Rico Nelson, Cherry Creek High School graduate who will attend the University of Colorado at Boulder;
  • Aimee Resnick, Cherry Creek High School graduate who will attend Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.

RECCS Scholarship Committee member Fred Isernhagen said of Resnick, “Aimee’s transcript indicates that she has completed more than 20 Honors and Advanced Placement courses with the highest level of success. She has maintained a 4.0 unweighted GPA and a 5.0 weighted GPA, which is, in my mind, perfect! She is an example of the type of people that RECCS likes to recognize and reward.”

The RECCS Adversity Scholarship recipients are:

  • Emily Dan, Cherokee Trail High School graduate who will attend Colorado State University in Ft. Collins;
  • Jayed Khan, Grandview High School graduate who will attend the University of Colorado at Boulder;
  • Joseph Kigerl, Eaglecrest High School graduate who will attend the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, N.M.;
  • Sophia Shelkovich, Cherry Creek High School graduate who will attend Colorado State University in Ft. Collins;
  • Alexandra Torres, Cherry Creek High School graduate who will attend Metropolitan State University of Denver.

Dr. Kathy Smith hugs RECCS scholarship recipient Emily DannEmily Dann received one of the Adversity Scholarships for overcoming incredible health challenges caused by a connective tissue disorder, which was diagnosed when she was a freshman.

“She has had surgery after surgery, and one of her surgeries took 22 hours,” said RECCS member and former Cherry Creek High School Principal Dr. Kathy Smith. “She recovers as quickly as she can, she gets back to school and she always has a smile on her face. She’s resilient and incredibly adaptable.”

Dann plans to study psychology at CSU.

2022 RECCS scholarship recipient Jayed KhanJayed Khan also received an Adversity Scholarship, although with his academic record, he also qualified for a Merit Scholarship. Khan has a 4.7 weighted GPA, is an AP Scholar with Distinction and is also a DECA state champion and national qualifier. He was born in Bangladesh and came to the U.S. when he was twelve. He credited his parents for much of his success.

“They have always been a symbol of hope and endurance for me,” Khan said. “The choices they have made throughout their lives are what brought me in front of you today.”

Khan, who will study quantitative finance at CU, also thanked the Cherry Creek School District teachers and staff who have supported and challenged him during his years in the district.

“They have been very influential in my life and have changed my perspective on multiple things and really helped me unlock my potential,” he said.

Congratulations to the 2022 RECCS scholarship recipients and thank you to the Retired Employees of Cherry Creek Schools for continuing to support student success!

See more photos from the scholarship presentation on the Cherry Creek Schools Facebook, Twitter and Instagram platforms.

Posted 6/1/2022.