Latest News – July 21

SCHOOL NEWS

“Summer” School Never Looked So Cool . . and Fun!

By Kate Bartlett, Lake County School District

Rockies Rock participants Samantha Reap and Mahala Dallas search for bugs at the Fish Hatchery to help determine the health of the water.  Photo: Lake County School District

Rockies Rock participants Samantha Reap and Mahala Dallas search for bugs at the Leadville National Fish Hatchery to help determine the health of the water. Photo: Lake County School District.

The Rockies Rock summer program is a partnership between Lake County Recreation Department and Lake County School District 21st Century Community Learning Centers program. The program is funded this year through the Climax Community Investment Fund with in-kind donations from several partners, including the school district and the recreation department.

Eighty youth are enrolled in the program, which is tuition-free, this summer. Students are working in four different “crews,” each of which is studying an environmental issue. The issues being studied this summer are:  animal habitats, insects, mining, and watershed ecology. Students are investigating the issue and developing action steps; they will make final presentations of their work on August 6. Students are working with many high-quality partners this summer, including Outward Bound, the Colorado Mountain College Natural Resources Management Program, the Fish Hatchery, the High Mountain Institute, Keystone Science School, and the Cloud City Conservation Center.

Tyler Mainz, an intern with the Natural Resources Management program at Colorado Mountain College, leads Rockies Rock students, including Karen Sierra and Aiden Freeman, on a hike exploring mining around Leadville. Photo: Lake County School District

Tyler Mainz, an intern with the Natural Resources Management program at CMC, leads Rockies Rock students, including Karen Sierra and Aiden Freeman, on a hike exploring mining around Leadville. Photo: Lake County School District.

This is the third year of Rockies Rock. In the past, the program has been shown to prevent summer learning loss in many of the students who participate, thus enabling them to start the next school year ready academically.

Rockies Rock students leaving Outward Bound base camp. Photo: Lake County School District

Rockies Rock students leaving Outward Bound base camp. Photo: LCSD.

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High School Cyclists Train, Race During Summer

The Leadville Racing High School Cycling Team did well in the Vail Recreation District Mountain Bike Race series. Lake County High School (LCHS) Junior Cheyenne Mendoza took 1st in his group and LCHS (’15) Grant Gipson was 2nd in his group.  The team continues to train and compete over the summer with the official Colorado High School Cycling League  season kicking off on August 29 in Frisco.

Pictured at the Vail race (L-R): Grant Gipson, Cheyenne Mendoza, Lara Lufkin, Cain Gipson, Stephanie Colton. Photo: Leadville Racing Coach Kelly.

Pictured at the Vail race (L-R): Grant Gipson, Cheyenne Mendoza, Lara Lufkin, Cain Gipson, Stephanie Colton. Photo: Leadville Racing Coach Kelly.

The Leadville Racing team ended their 2014 season in 3rd place overall among 52 Colorado high school cycling teams. Leadville Racing was also named Division 2 All Star Team of the year.

This impressive standing was gained through dedicated training and hard work, resulting in several individual and team podiums between the beginning and end of the season.

 “As much as the podiums mean to the team,” explains Leadville Racing Coach Stacy Kelly, who along with husband Bruce have dedicated countless hours and resources for the team’s success both on and off the race course, “the character aspect of helping others and giving of your time means just as much to Bruce and me as the racing results.  Our riders and their families have demonstrated exemplary character both on and off the race course.”

While three of the team’s members will move on to college this fall, for the rest of the Leadville Racing team, the season officially kicks off on August 29 in Frisco, with the second race in the series is the Cloud City Challenge hosting in Leadville on Sept 12-13. The team can always use some extra help, so if you can schedule some volunteer time for the local race, contact Coach Stacy Kelly at stacyreesekelly@live.com.

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