Latest News – May 12

New Head of School Announced at HMI 

On May 8, the High Mountain Institute (HMI) Board of Trustees announced the appointment of Danny O’Brien as the new Head of School at the educational institution located in Lake County.HMI_Link_SpringNews copy

“In his role as Acting Head of School, Danny’s leadership has demonstrated a passion for education, a deep commitment to HMI and a bright vision for the future,” stated HMI’s Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Mike Maughlin .

To read about O’Brien and his deep connection to HMI as well as other news coming out of the campus, read their Spring 2014 Newsletter.Obit_Spacer_Thin

Summer Camp Offered at Morning Star in Leadville

Did you go to summer camp when you were a kid? Ah, the memories of the care free days of playing outside, arts and crafts and discovering nature; those just can’t be beat!

The Morning Star Summer Camp program gets kids involved in outdoor fun and learning. Photo: Morning Star.

Summer Camp gets kids involved in outdoor fun & learning. Photo: Morning Star.

So don’t let your child or grandchild miss out on having that same experience at the Morning Star Summer Camp Program for children 1 – 13 years of age.

Morning Star Learning Center provides a high-quality, safe, and educational summer day camp experience for school-age campers. Summer camp activities are based around a thematic unit. Themes explored in past summers include: Space Travel, Summer Olympics, Our Amazing World, and Getting to Know Colorado.

From Camp outs to Arts & Crafts, it's Summer Camp fun at Morning Star. Photo: Morning Star Learning Center

From Camp Outs to Arts & Crafts, it’s Summer Camp fun at Morning Star. Photo: Morning Star.

Field trips to museums, swimming pools, nature trails, and historical sites are included in each summer’s planning. Craft projects, drama, dance, and music enhance Morning Star’s camping experience.

Each June, Morning Star campers attend a week-long soccer, basketball, and cheer leading practice camp sponsored by the 1st Presbyterian Church. Morning Star teachers are experienced and educated professionals possessing a love and commitment to children.

Summer camp enrollment is open, but don’t delay as space is limited. Call 719-486-1211 for details or visit their website @ Morning Star Learning Center.

Fun on the Mineral Belt Trail. Photo: Morinng Star.

Fun on the Mineral Belt Trail. Photo: Morinng Star.


LCHS Student Athletes Named to Academic All-State 

By Mike Vagher, LCHS Athletic Director

 The Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) and Lake County High School (LCHS) has named ten participants to the fall/winter activities season Academic All-State teams.  In addition, CHSAA Commissioner Paul Angelico has announced that eight students have earned first team recognition. Congratulations:

  • Jessica Coffin
  • Stephanie Colton
  • Kaelen Masterson
  • Brieanna Hirsheimer
  • Fatima Lizardo
  • Hannah Lufkin
  • Lara Lufkin
  • Ryan Morrison
  • Kimberly Vierczhalek
  • Cynthia Vigil  

The ten students received honors for excellence in the classroom as well as accomplishments in the activities arena.  Of these recipients, eight earned First Team Honors. 

First team honors are given to those students with 3.60 or higher grade point average.  Students with grade point averages 3.30 to 3.59 earned honorable mention recognition.  

Each student receives a certificate in acknowledgement of his/her achievement. Congratulations!Obit_Spacer_ThinLeadRacing_LCHS_MTB copyObit_Spacer_Thin



Future Business Leaders from Lake County High School

For the first time – ever – Lake County High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) have qualified for National Competition.

LCHS Seniors, Andrew Coffin and Ryan Morrison are headed to FBLA National Competitions in Nashville, Ten., the end of June 2014. As far as anyone can recollect, this is the first time Lake County High School students have qualified for national competition.

Andrew Coffin (left) and Ryan Morrison (right) are tomorrow’s Business Leaders, but first it’s off to the National Competition next month. Congratulations!

Andrew Coffin (left) and Ryan Morrison (right) are tomorrow’s Business Leaders, but first it’s off to the National Competition next month. Congratulations!

They qualified for the nationals at the state competition April 27-29. LCHS Adviser Roxie Aldaz took three LCHS students to the state competitions.  Morrison and Coffin made up the Network Design team, this competition included a scantron test of 100 questions and then a presentation Monday afternoon as Finalists.

The presentation was a mock situation requiring understanding of how networks are designed. The Team had 20 minutes to prepare their presentation and then seven minutes to convince a panel of four judges that their design was the best way to go. The team found out Tuesday morning (April 29) at the Awards Celebration that the Team had placed 3rd in this competition qualifying them to compete at the national level in Nashville, Tennessee , in June.

This journey actually started when Morrison and Coffin competed at the District level in February. They placed first at this competition to qualify for State.

Chris Corona, FBLA Chapter President, also qualified for State at the District competition. He competed in Cyber Security.

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