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Leadville News – October 10

Choral Program Receives Legacy Gift

The Lake County High School Performing Arts Department raised its voices in gratitude earlier this week when it was awarded $4,300 from the Leadville Trail 100 Legacy Foundation. The funding will be used to purchase a new set of choir dresses for the Choral Program.

 “We are so thankful to the Trail 100 Legacy Foundation for supporting our program,” stated LCHS Artistic Director Scott Carroll. “These students deserve nothing but the very best and in turn can continue to give stellar performances throughout our community.”

The Lake County High School Performing Arts Department has grown significantly over the past five years. The program’s student participation varies from 80-100 students per season, and offers a variety of public performances, benefiting both the pupil and local community. From a robust choral, to an engaging theatre program, students have the opportunity to learn a wide variety of life skills, such as work ethic, communication, presentation, community engagement, and commitment.

In addition, Carroll’s professional contacts in musical theater provide students with the additional chance to work with outside professionals who have made a career in the performing arts, and in turn can explore the possibility of developing their own career in theater arts.

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The Lake County High School Choral Program will use the Leadville Trail 100 Legacy Funds for new choir dresses. Photo: Leadville Today/Brennan Ruegg.

“Some of these professionals have sung or worked backstage at the Metropolitan Opera, Broadway and major opera companies throughout the United States and Europe,” stated Carroll.

Some of the group’s upcoming engagements are as listed:

  • AN EVENING WITH CELESTA, DONNA, and SCOTT! (BROADWAY FAVORITES),  Lake County Civic Center Association (The Old Church), October 13, 2018.
  • TREELIGHTING CEREMONY (CHAMBER CHOIR), Downtown Leadville, November 30, 2018.
  • TOUR OF HOMES (CHAMBER CHOIR), Around Leadville, December 1, 2018.
  • HOLIDAY CONCERT (7/8), Lake County High School Performing Arts, December 6, 2018.
  • HOLIDAY CONCERT (9-12), Lake County High School Performing Arts, December 12, 2018.
  • INTO THE WOODS, Artistic/Stage Director, Lake County High School Performing Arts, April 26, 27, 28, 2019.

Leadville Racing Wraps Up Cycling Season

By Bruce Kelly, Leadville Racing Coach

Leadville Racing, the high school mountain bike team headed to Eagle Colorado for the Haymaker Classic, the last race before the State Championships. Two riders, Matt Koch and Stephanie Reveles had already qualified, both Michaelah Main and Makayla Garza needed to finish this race to qualify and both did.

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Stephanie Reveles riding hard at the Haymaker Classic in Eagle for the last race of the cycling season. Photo: Leadville Racing.

Matt Koch got things going for the team early Saturday morning finishing 76 in the large JV boy’s field of 160 plus in a time of 1:31:53. The JV girls followed the boys with Michaelah Main leading the way finishing 27 in a time of 1:09:42, followed closely by Stephanie Reveles in 37 with a time of 1:13:42, Maykala Garza in just her third race, had a lot of pressure on her to make the time cut and qualify for states, no problem, she finished the race in a time of 1:58:42.

Missing from the team was sophomore boy’s rider Jackson Hanson. After an improved result at the Nathrop race, Jackson crashed on his bike and broke his wrist sidelining him for the rest of the season. The team still finished in 12 place out of 18 teams, despite only getting to score four riders.

Please join us for our annual Meet the Team/Pep Rally this Saturday, Oct. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at The Leadville Trail 100 office at 222 Harrison Avenue. There will be free Mountain High Pies pizza and refreshments followed by an introduction of the 2018 team and their 2018 team video, all are welcome.

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Matt Koch is in the lead as he puts the hammer down in the corner curve at the Haymaker Classic in Eagle. photo: Leadville Racing.

Art Students Inspired By Nature

The Leadville community is invited to attend the Student Art & Music exhibition Forest Gallery Walk, According to Lake County Intermediate School Art Teacher Amanda Good, 5th grade students have been working outside for the last month creating artwork inspired by artist Andy Goldsworthy

Students will be presenting their outdoor work in art and music on Friday, Oct. 12 from 4:30 – 6 pm at the LCIS playground, located behind the school. Please feel free to join the group for a cup of hot chocolate or cider and see the awesome art these kids have created!art outside.jpg

It’s “Into The Woods” for Theater Lovers

The Lake County High School Performing Arts Department  announced last week that there has been a change from the initial selection for this year’s school theatrical presentation. “Into The Woods” will now be their 2018-2019 musical production. While the original performance selection hit a hiccup with some licensing issues, the theater group is excited about the new selection which will grace the 2018-19 marquee.


A favorite among music students and Leadville-theater lovers, Donna Schaefer will continue as Associate Musical Director for this year’s “Into The Woods” production.

 “We are confident that the smash hit Broadway musical ‘Into The Woods’ will bring joy to audience members as well as a valuable learning experience for our performers,” stated LCHS Artistic Director Scott Carroll. “We are passionate about making sure we have a top notch show for you and sometimes these changes are necessary.”

“Into The Woods” play writers James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone’s favorite storybook characters and bring them together for a timeless, yet relevant, piece which is fast becoming a modern classic. The story follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone’s wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.

INTOTHEWOODS-JR_LOGO_FULL_GSThe Tony Award-winning book and score are enchanting, and also provide an opportunity to feature many actors, a popular attribute among parents and students for the LCHS Performing Arts Department’s recent productions.  

“With this production, we hope to feature 2nd through 12th grade talent,” said Carroll. Auditions are scheduled for October 29 – 30.

The “Into The Woods” performances scheduled is April 26-28, 2019. Break a leg!

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The 20th Annual Career Fair will be held at the Lake County High School gymnasium in Leadville Today, allowing students to speak directly to professionals in their field of interest. Photo: Leadville Today/Kathy Bedell

Leadville News – February 26

Panthers Place Strong at State Ski Championship

Last Thursday and Friday, the Lake County High School Nordic Ski Team competed at the Colorado High School State Ski Championships which was hosted in Lake County. The meet, which consists of both alpine and Nordic races, was held at Ski Cooper and the Tennessee Pass Nordic Center.

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Ariel Benney led the Panther girls at the Colorado High School State Ski Championships by placing 13th at the meet which were held Feb. 22 – 23 at Ski Cooper and the Tennessee Pass Nordic Center. Photo: Maja Tingstedt.

Thursday morning was an individual start classic race. With cold temperatures and fantastic grooming from the Tennessee Pass Nordic Center, the stage was set for a great race. The course dropped down to just behind the 10th Mountain Memorial on the pass and then climbed steadily up to the Tennessee Pass Cookhouse. From there, the skiers flew down the Cooper Loop for an exciting finish right in front of the Nordic center.

The Panthers were led by the duo of Joe Koch and Conner Lenhard, as they placed 19th and 20th respectively. Zayden Tufte placed 40th, and Matt Koch and Sam Frykholm were 58th and 59th respectively. The boys team was 7th on the day for classic.

Ariel Benney led the Panther girls by placing 13th. Molly Lenhard was 21st and Jackie Williams was 24th. Caroline Benney placed 33rd and Abby Holm was 48th. The girls team was 6th for the day.

“We skied well on Thursday,” noted coach Karl Remsen. “We’ve been practicing on this course all year so we were ready to attack it at the right times.”

On Friday, the skiers lined up by how they had finished on Thursday. They started the amount of time behind the leader that they had finished the previous day, known as a pursuit start. The course was the same, but the technique was skating.

Joe Koch placed 19th once again to solidify his spot as a top 20 skier in the state. Conner Lenhard had another great day to place 30th. Zayden Tufte was 58th and Matt Koch was 65th. Once again, the boys were 7th as a team. After combining with the alpine side, the boys were 11th overall in the meet.

In the skate race, Ariel placed 16th passing a few skiers while trying to fend off some of the faster skaters who started behind her. Molly was 23rd and Caroline was 30th after moving up through the field. The girls team was 7th for skating, and they secured 6th for both days as a nordic team. They also combined with the alpine team to place 6th overall for the entire meet thanks to the great skiing from the alpine side.

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Joe Koch placed 19th at the Colorado High School State Ski Championships last week, making him the top contender for the Lake County High School Nordic Ski Team. Photo: Maja Tingstedt.

For Joe, Zayden, Molly, Caroline, and Jackie, it was their final Nordic race as a Panther. Coach Remsen commented, “We are losing a fantastic senior class that has improved the culture of our team. However, the races by Conner, Sam, Matt, Ariel, and Abby show that we have plenty of returning firepower next year.”

Although the racing season is over, the team will undoubtedly continue to explore the snowy trails around Leadville now that winter has finally arrived. You can also catch many of these student athletes competing in this Friday’s Nordic Sprint Knock-outs on historic Harrison Avenue this Friday as part of Leadville’s Crystal Carnival.

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Conner Lenhard placed 20th at the Colorado High School State Ski Championships held Feb. 22 – 23 in Lake County. Photo: Maja Tingstedt.

“Annie” Reviews: The Sun WILL Come Up Tomorrow!

It takes a village to put together a production like this,” stated Scott Carroll, Artistic Director of the Lake County High School Performing Arts Department’s production of “Annie” as it wrapped up its 2018 season with a Sunday matinee to a nearly sold-out audience. The K-12 musical production included a “village of more than 60 cast, crew and musicians from students, to teachers, and community members, all working together toward the success of the Leadville presentation of this smash Broadway hit.

The critics have weighed in, marking the production a big hit with local audiences as well!

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The “village” of actors, crew and musicians who made the Lake County High School Performing Arts’ production of “Annie” a smashing success with Artistic Director Scott Carroll.

“The play was so good!! Great job Lake County!!” – Dawn Todd-Flores, Owner, the Pastime Bar & Cafe.

It was fabulous. We so enjoyed the Saturday night performance. Outstanding work by all involved. Congratulations!” – posted Leadville Today reader Teena Walls Harvey. 

“A star is born! exclaimed Leadville Today Publisher Kathy Bedell after seeing Lake County High School Senior AnnMarie Duel play the part of Miss Hannigan. “She is a natural-born actor and it came through in every scene she stole!”

Star of the “Annie” production Jude Hill (red dress) and her dog Sandy (aka Milla), pose with young fans Madison (left) and Kat (center) after Saturday’s performance. Hill received thunderous applause and kudos in her leading role of this classic hit! Photo: Leadville Today/Dawn Flores-Todd

Nordic Knockouts in the Dark on Friday!

This Friday, March 2 as part of Crystal Carnival, you’ll find a hearty, skilled group of Nordic skiers taking advantage of the freshly laid snow in downtown Leadville, brought in for Ski Joring weekend. For many of these skinny skiers, it’s a chance to get in one more solid competition before the race season is officially over. 

“It’s one of my favorite events of the season,” said Leadville Nordic Coach Karl Remsen of the Harrison Nordic Knockout Sprints which will take place under the full moon on March 2.


For many skinny skiers the Harrison Nordic Knock Outs is the last race of the winter season! Photo: Julia Martinez

The competition happens between 7th and 8th Streets on Harrison Ave. Races start at 7 p.m., with sign-up at 6:30 at Melanzana. The competition is a double elimination with two skiers starting and the fastest racer advancing to the next round of competition. Entry fee is $3 for a 400 meter sprint. Many of the local high school Nordic skiers will tip-up to the start line and always fare quite well, marking for many, the last race of the season. To keep up with skinny-ski news, connect with the Leadville Nordic website