•NEWSPAPER WINS STATE AWARDS
Overland won several state awards from the Colorado Student Media Association for this year's Scout magazine, which are best in the state: 1st Place - Environmental Photograph - Ayatt Drera,
2nd Place - Facing Page Design - Sam Sanchez,
2nd Place - Single Page Design - Ana Escoba,r
2nd Place - Staff Editorial - Sama Dabbour,
3rd Place - In-Depth Sports Coverage - Sam Sanchez, Ayatt Drera, Havilland Wilson, Lindsey Johnson, Ana Escobar, Dena Vu, Andrea Diaz,
3rd Place - Alternative Coverage Treatment - Sam Sanchez, Ayatt Drera, Lindsey Johnson, Ana Escobar, Dena, Vu
Honorable Mention - Commentary/Editorial - Havilland Wilson,
Honorable Mention - Editorial Cartoon - Daniah Elgomati.
•FCCLA STUDENTS WIN FIRST, SCHOLARSHIPS
Last week (mid-April) the Overland Chapter for FCCLA went to state competition in Denver. Gabi Rambhajan, Bryan Buitrago, and Uryah Mingo all received first place gold in Culinary Arts, Occupational and qualified to go to National competition in Anaheim, California. For their first place win they will receive $3000 in scholarships to further their culinary education at the post-secondary level. Congratulations to these three Blazers!
•FOUR STUDENT ATHLETES SIGN WITH COLLEGES
Four student athletes signed a letter of intent on Thursday, April 18. Congratulations to Nigel Duff, who will play baseball at Beloit College in Wisconsin; Gracey Martinez and Jayla Jackson who will play softball at Penn State in Pennsylvania; and Keara Felix who will play basketball at Pima Community College in Arizona.
•EXCEPTIONAL VOLUNTEER LOVELIN VILLEGAS PEREZ
Congratulations to Lovelin Villegas Perez who was named Overland's Exceptional Volunteer for 2019. Volunteers throughout the district were honored at a ceremony on April 11.
•OLIVIA SWANSON NAMED MARCH BLAZER OF THE MONTH
Congratulations to Olivia Swanson who was selected as the March Blazer of the Month. She was recommended by her counselor, Ms. Espinosa.
•EXCITING SEMESTER FOR THE ARTS
OHS had two students selected for awards from the International Scholastics Art and Writing Competition: Malaak Benghuzzi and Victoria Dos Santos each received a National Silver key! • Malaak Benghuzzi received a scholarship from CU through her efforts with Scholastics, and Mackenzie Johnson received a scholarship to the Rocky Mountain School of Art and Design. • We received four awards/mentions in the Cherry Creek Excellence competition including: Lucy Albers-Mead, Nikita Razumovskiy, Jordan Cox, and JoAnna O’Connel. • We also had a record number of state wide scholastic winners: Alexia Gonzalez Absalom, Maddy Aprill, Malaak Benghuzzi, Jordan Cox, Victoria Dos Santos, Daniah Elgomati, Katrina Gamez Scriven, Gwen Geyer, Mackenzie Johnson, Nate Larson, Kristy Nguyen, Chelsea Padilla, Raul Rangel, and Jan Silva
•SAID MOBASHER NAMED FEBRUARY BLAZER OF THE MONTH
Congratulations to Said Mobasher who was selected as the February Blazer of the Month. He was nominated by OTIP teacher Seth Replogle and Dean Sybil Booker. >PHOTO
•DECA SERVES AT FOOD BANK OF THE ROCKIES
Students from DECA, with sponsor Roberto Ocaña, participated in a community service activity at Colorado Food Bank of the Rockies with Restoration Christian Fellowship. >PHOTO
•TWO PASS ENGINEERING TEST
Engineering students are being offered three opportunities before the end of school to take the CSWA test. Two passed this round. Grant Foster and Kyle Walz are OHS's newest Certified SolidWorks Associates in Mechanical Design.
•OVERLAND ARTISTS PLACE AT DISTRICT CONTEST
Congratulations to the Overland art students who placed at the 2019 Cherry Creek School District Excellence Art Show: Second Place - Lucy Albers-Mead (Draw/Paint); Honorable Mention - Nikita Razumovskiy (Draw/Paint); Honorable Mention - Jordan Cox (Photography).
•RYAN HAMILTON PLACES FIRST AT TSA COMPETITION
Congratulations to Ryan Hamilton, senior, and the rest of TSA (Technology Student Association) who competeted at the State TSA Conference in CAD Engineering. Ryan placed 1st and has qualified to represent Colorado at the TSA National Conference in Washington D.C. >PHOTO
•$12,000 RAISED FOR MAKE-A-WISH
Message from Student Council: Thank you for all of your participation and support last week during our 8th annual Wish Week. We raised close to $12,000 to donate in honor of Davasia’s wish. During our time as a Kids for Wish Kids partner, Overland has raised nearly $90,000! That’s enough money to grant 12 wishes. So THANK YOU for continuing to support our efforts. I wanted to share a quick story before signing off. During our luncheon after the assembly on Friday, Danasia turned to her mom and said, “Mom! I want to go to Overland when I’m old enough! I love it here!” Thanks for being amazin,g everyone :) Lots of Blazer love! Lauren, Dana, and all of StuCo
•MALIK JUDD NAMED JANUARY BLAZER OF THE MONTH
Congratulations to Malik Judd who was selected as the January Blazer of the Month. He was recommended by math teacher, Lauren Boucher. >PHOTO
•PHOTOGRAPHY STUDENTS AWARDED AT STATE CONTEST
Scholastics Art and Writing is an art contest which typically has thousands of submissions each year, and this year Overland had the third most recognized students, with the most photography awards out of any school in the state. The highest honor a student can receive is a gold key, and this means that their work is advanced to the national competition in New York. Additionally, all of the selected work will be in display in the fourth floor gallery of the History Color Center during the month of March.
Congratulations to these 14 Blazers (and their instructor, James Dykstra): Alexia Gonzalez Absalom, Maddy Aprill, Malaak Benghuzzi, Jordan Co, Victoria Dos Santos, Daniah Elgomati, Katrina Gamez Scrive, Gwen Geyer, Mackenzie Johnson, Nate Larson, Kristy Nguyen, Chelsea Padilla, Raul Rangel, and Jan Silva!
•FIVE ATHLETES SIGN WITH UNIVERSITIES
Five Overland student athletes announced their intentions to attend colleges and universities at the February Signing Ceremony. Congratulations to Da'zhaun Reid (Football) New Mexico Highlands University, Jermaine Davis II (Football) Whittier College, Jalon'e Rice (Football) Chadron State College, Wendell Cole Jr. (Football) CSU Pueblo, and Jose Cintron Montalvo (Baseball) Lamar University. >PHOTO
•9-MILE JAZZ PERFORMS AT CMEA
Congratulations to Overland's 9-Mile Jazz performance group; they were selected to perform at CMEA (Colorado Music Educator's Association) in January. They are pictured with director, Abby Cate.
•FORMER BLAZER IS DISC GOLF CHAMP
Congrats to former OHS Blazer Paige Bjerkaas on making the cover of DiscGolfer (the official publication of the Professional Disc Golf Association) Winter 2019 edition! She was the 2018 PDGA Women’s Open World Champion!
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•UNIFIED TAKES FIRST PLACE
Unified had an awesome day at Gold Crown Facilities and took 1st place in their tournament! Way to represent & make Overland proud!
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Congratulations to the following Overland faculty members for their outstanding accomplishments: Erica McHenry Hutto (FACS) received a grant from the Beef Council, Roberto Ocaña (Business) received a grant from AT&T, and Kelly Jones-Wagy (Social Studies) presented at the National Council for Social Studies in Chicago.
•KLEINSASSER NAMED TEACHER OF THE YEAR
Congratulations to Social Studies teacher and department coordinator Pete Kleinsasser. He was selected as the Overland 2018-19 Teacher of the Year!
•LAURA CLARK NAMED ALL STAR EMPLOYEE
The Cherry Creek Schools Employee Recognition Committee is pleased to announce 27 classified employees have been selected as 2019 Cherry Creek Schools All Stars!! Among the honorees is our very own Counseling secretary, Laura Clark! Congratulations, Mrs. Clark, and thank you for contributing to the success of Cherry Creek students, staff and school.s
•2018 YEARBOOK IS FINALIST FOR PACEMAKER AWARD
For the first time since 2000, the Overland Yearbook is a finalist for the National Scholastic Press Association's Pacemaker Award! Overland has now made it to the finals for both of the major national scholastic journalism awards, and won the top award from the Colorado Student Press Association.
•WRESTLER ISAIAH BRADLEY PICKS UP 100TH WINOverland senior Isaiah Bradley picked up his 100th career win on the wrestling mat with a major decision victory Nov. 28 against Eaglecrest. Bradley is one a quest to add many more victories to his total this season, including one that will earn him a high place at the Class 5A state tournament. >SEE ARTICLE
•DEANS' OFFICE NAMES NOVEMBER "BLAZER OF THE MONTH"
Congratulations to junior Daniel Flores Garcia, who was selected as the November Blazer of the Month. Daniel was recognized by his FCCLA club sponsor, Erica McHenry-Hutto, for working "tirelessly to bring a quality FCCLA experience to Overland through recruiting, advertising, planning interesting events and meetings for club members. He has been an active contributor to the drive safe campaign." >PHOTO
•OVERLAND HOSTS "REFASHION THE FUTURE"
On December 1, 2018, eleven students from Overland competed in a Denver-Metro Area Fashion Show called "Refashion the Future." Participants were required to obtain 3 pieces of clothing from an ARC discount store, refashion them into something new, and model their creation on the runway. Winners received cash prizes and scholarships. Congratulations to Overland High School Senior Monserrat Celaya who took 2nd place. "Great job!" to all students involved and to Arielle Bergmann for organizing the event.
•OVERLAND STUDENTS FEATURED IN
EDUCATION WEEK ARTICLE
Students Learn to Put the 'Civil' in Civil Discourse: "Inside this high school at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, teenagers are immersed in a project with the potential to temper the divisiveness that is consuming U.S. politics. They're learning to have calm, balanced conversations about controversial issues. In two very ordinary classrooms here, students are aware that they're trying to do something extraordinary, something many adults around them seem unable to do: study a problem, understand the arguments on all sides, and discuss it together to see what solutions might work best for the country...." >MORE
•STUCO VOLUNTEERS AT JUNIPER VILLAGE
A few students from Student Council volunteered their time at a local memory-care facility, Juniper Village. On November 11, 2018, Juniper Village hosted a Thanksgiving event that allowed the families to gather together. Overland students helped serve food and spent time with the residents. >PHOTO
•CINTRON SIGNS WITH LAMAR
A huge Trailblazer congratulations to Jose Cintron for signing his letter of intent for Lamar University to play baseball! >PHOTO
•SOPHOMORES RAISE MONEY FOR BREAST CANCER
The sophomore class of Student Council, sponsored by M.E. Espinosa and Sydney Herman, raised $200 for breast cancer research at the annual Fall Festival. The night was a success, offering fun activities such as face painting, games, and treats for kids and families in the community.
•OHS STUDENTS "GEAR" UP FOR CARDBOARD CHALLENGE
On October 10, six OHS students from the Engineering Design and Drawing Class participated in the Cherry Creek Foundation sponsored Cardboard Challenge. Front L to R: Julian Jimenez, Kyle Walz, Xander Beazer. Back L to R: Jose Medina, Trieu Nguyen, William Patterson. Each student or group produced a gear project incorporating rotational motion to linear motion - or vice versa.
•FCCLA PLACES AT STATE
FCCLA, sponsored by Ms. Bergmann and Ms. McHenry-Hutto, competed at the State FCCLA FCS Career day and Skill Demonstration Competitions. Only the top 3 in each category were recognized and OHS swept almost all the categories! We received 12 medals: 9 first place, 2 second place, and one third place. Congratulations to Daniel Flores (1st in FCCLA Creed Speaking), Yalixa Zamora (1st in Technology in Teaching), Heidi Melchor (1st in toys that teach), Taja Brown (1st in Fashion Sketch, Senior Category), Boram Kwon (2nd in Fashion Sketch), Jackie Castro Flores (1st in Fashion Sketch, Junior Category), Ayelene Hernandez (1st in Interview Skills), Amira Nash (1st in Impromptu Speaking), Uryah Minho (1st in Knife Skills), Cheyenne Cisse (3rd in Interview Skills), Gabi Rambajan (1st in Chick Fabrication), and Jordan Panuty (2nd in Interview Skills).
•BOYS' CROSS COUNTRY IS GOING TO STATE
Our Boys' Cross Country team placed second at Regionals over Fall Break, which means they will be competing in the State Cross Country Championship on Saturday, October 27. Congratulations to Abdi Abade, Grant Bradley, Isaiah Bradley, Kobe Jara, Eduardo Martinez Calderon, Rifat Emam, Jaime Gutierrez, Jonael Cid Gonzalez, Coach Caldwell, and Coach Coy!
•DEANS' OFFICE NAMES FIRST "BLAZER OF THE MONTH"
The Deans' Office is proud to announce that Nancy Salgado Garcia is first recipient of the Blazer of the Month award. The new program celebrates students who “Own the Zone” the Trailblazer way. These students, nominated by staff members each month, attend class, are on time, come prepared to learn, value academics, show respect, and are accountable. Nancy was nominated by Counseling Secretary, Ms. Laura Clark. They are pictured here with Principal Lundie and Nancy's counselor, Alli Pineda.
•OFFICE DEPOT DONATES SUPPLIES
A great big THANK YOU to Office Depot for donating school supplies to Overland High School. Each year the Counseling Department takes up a collection of supplies for students in need.
with some of the donated supplies are (L–R) Samantha Straight, Jillienne McMillan, Asst. Principal John Madden, James Buxton, MJ Jobe of the OPTCO, Kevin Munoz, Principal Leon Lundie, and Cynthia Pinela.
•OVERLAND EMPLOYEES MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Overland staff members David Jones and Ashley Manning were recognized at a celebration with the superintendent on Tuesday, October 2, for Making a Difference at Overland. Congratulations, David and Ashley!.
•NINE MILE HEADED TO CMEA
Congratulations to Nine Mile Jazz, directed by Abby Cate. The performance group has been selected to perform at the 2018–19 CMEA Conference.
•CCSD TEACHERS SELECTED FOR PRESTIGIOUS FELLOWSHIP
Three CCSD teachers have been selected as 2018-19 teacher fellows for the inaugural year of "New Perspectives: Deep Understanding Through Deliberation." Two of them are from Overland: Kelly Jones-Wagy and Tim Lorenz.
•EISA AND AYALEW SIGN WITH HIGHLY-SELECTIVE UNIVERSITIES
Zinab Eisa and Robel Ayalew were honored at our Academic Signing Ceremony on May 10, for choosing to attend highly-selective universities in the fall. Zinab will study Premed or Biology at Brown, and Robel will study Computer Science at Cornell.
•FIVE GRADUATE FROM AURORA EXPLORERS ACADEMY
After a five-month commitment, five OHS students from the Aurora Explorers Academy graduated on Thursday, May 3. They are pictured at the Aurora Police Department: (L-R) JayShodiev (Senior), Teona Mirceska (Senior), Precious Jarrett (Senior), Hebah Shubbak (Senior), Tiffany Melgar (Junior), and Darius Jackson (Freshman).
•PADILLA IS STATE QUALIFIER
Congratualtions to junior Rosa Padilla who was a state qualifier in the Aurora District for National History Day. The competition was held at Metro on Saturday, May 5.
•HUMAN GEO STUDENTS CONDUCTED FIELD STUDY
Freshman students in A.P. Human Geography traveled on light rail in order to conduct an urban field study lead by Mr. Bennish and Mrs. Fitch on April 19. They analyzed land use and transportation routes in several historic Denver neighborhoods such as Five Points, RiNo and LoDo. It was powerful for students to see the impacts of Gentrification in their own city.
•SHELLMAN AND BUTLER GET PERFECT SCORE ON ACT
Congratulations to juniors Samantha Shellman and Brynn Butler who scored a perfect 36 on the ACT Test!
•AURORA SCHOLARS HONORED
Congratulations to our Aurora Scholars, pictured with Principal Lundie: Ilene Trahyn (9), Trevon Deen (10), Remington Bassett (11), and Habiba Abdurahman (12).
•JORGENSEN GETS FULL RIDE TO CSU
Senior Tia Jorgensen is the recipient of a 4-year Sean Ranch Lough Scholarship to CSU next year. She will study Interior Design at CSU.
•BLAZERS TRAVEL TO JAPAN
During Spring Break, Carolyn Childs, sponsor of the Anime Club, took a group of students to visit Kyoto and Tokyo, Japan. Be sure to ask Mrs. Childs or any of the students who went on the trip to tell you about this once-in-a-lifetime cultural experience!
•FBLA STATE WINNERS
Congratulations to the FBLA State winners: Edvard Mushiev earned 1st place in Virtual Business, and Spencer Peck won 1st in Coding and Programming!
•CALCULUS BOWL WINNERS
Congratulations to this year's Calculus Bowl winners: (2nd place) Marston Garber, Pablo Corona, Jade Keomanivong, and Sammie Shellman; (3rd place) Ivan Yang, Remington Bassett, Brandon Baggett, Isabella Livits, and Eduardo Garcia Martinez; and (4th place) Ryan Hamilton, Grant Gulevich, Zizou Boumghar, and Quinn Hiatt!
•GULEVICH & GONZALEZ CARILLO SELECTED AS OUTSTANDING SENIORS
Congratulations to our two Outstanding Seniors, selected by the Overland faculty: Grant Gulevich and Alondra Gonzalez Carrillo!
•FCCLA WINS AWARDS AT COMPETITION
Students in FCCLA—coached by Arielle Bergmann and Erica McHenry-Hutto—competed at the Colorado State Leadership Weekend in early April. Our Chapter received a Silver Chapter of Merit Award for our fccla work in our school and in our community! Maggie Krug, Cheyenne Cisse, Gail Tannor, and Rebecca Loya were recognized on stage at the opening ceremony for completing the FCCLA Leadership Academy. Cheyenne Cisse received the Colorado Outstanding Member Award! Cheyenne Cisse and Taja Brown were installed as 2018-2019 Mountain View District Officers! (First time EVER for Overland) Here are the competition results: Khadija Isa, Fashion Design: Bronze • Cheyenne Cisse, Career Investigation: Bronze • Taja Brown, Sports Nutrition: Bronze • Daniel Flores, Odalis Alvarenga & Rebecca Loya, Culinary Arts: Silver • Maggie Krug, Illustrated Talk: Silver • Gail Tannor & Chamya Love, Life Event Planning: Silver • Nicola Abramian, Advocacy: Bronze.
•OVERLAND HAS SEVEN DANIELS FUND SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS
Congratulations to our 7 Daniels Fund Scholarship winners: Halima Abdirahman Afrah, Jennifer Lulu Aklilu, Camden Andre Ervin, Yordanos Adane Limeneh, Belem Esmeralda Magana Martinez, Deependra Pokhrel, and Priscila Rivera Avila!
•NEWSPAPER WINS GOLD CROWN FOURTH YEAR IN A ROW
Scout newspaper won the National Gold Crown award for the fourth year in a row for best high school magazine from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association! Overland is one of 7 schools in the nation to win the gold crown for best high school general magazine. The top awards go to publications that are judged on their excellence as shown by their design, photography, concept, coverage and writing.
•BASKETBALL TEAM READS TO PONDEROSA STUDENTS
At Ponderosa's Literacy Night in March, members of the OHS boys' basketball team read to students. It was wonderful to see such positive role models for the elementary students! Special thanks to Coach Danny Fisher for encouraging these teens to volunteer.
•LUCERO'S CLASSES EXPERIENCE "HAMILTON"
One of Melissa Lucero's students couldn't hold back the tears when she received the big news. Lucero, a social studies teacher at Overland High School, had just told the student and the rest of her class that they'd be getting cheap tickets to "Hamilton," the smash Broadway musical that's currently running at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts on a national tour. Thousands were turned away in the quest to secure tickets to the popular show, but 100 of Lucero's students earned easy access through a unique school project, one that incorporated American history, creativity and performance.
Overland students and staff showed support for the R-Word Campaign on Wednesday, March 14 by helping to raise awareness about the hurtfulness of the R-Word. Check out the tweets and stories at
•OVERLAND ART STUDENTS WIN AWARDS
Several Overland art students will be honored in this year’s Scholastic Art and Writing competition. Their work will be on display along with the other winners from March 3 until March 30 at the Colorado History Center in Denver. This is one of the only contests that is participated in state wide, and out of 6,000 art submissions, only 600 were selected for presentation. Congratulations to Maddy Aprill – 2 gold key awards, Joy Love - 2 gold key awards and an honorable mention, Ava Chasansky – a silver key award, Sayaka Valdivia – a silver key award, Nathaniel Larson – a silver key award, and Gissell Olivas Gonzalez - a gold key award.
•MAKE-A-WISH FUNDRAISER A DISTRICT SUCCESS
Not only did Overland and the feeder community raise $16,000 to support Ashaun's wish of building a wheelchair-accessible park in Aurora, but the Overland Swish-for-a-Wish basketball team came in first place in the district tournament. All 6 high schools in the district played each other to raise money for the various schools' Wish Weeks. Thank you to everyone who donated and made these wishes possible!
•HOSA STUDENT TOP IN STATE
Congratulations to Courtney Gatlin, who is the HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) State Leadership Champion, following the state competition in February. She received a gold medal and will attend Nationals in June. Other members of the HOSA team, Kamola Lapasova and Awura Gyimah, placed in the Top 10. Congratulations, HOSA and sponsor, Sue Singh!
•WRESTLERS PLACE AT STATE
Congratulations to the Overland Wrestling Team, coached by Trevor Griffin, Patrick O'Riley, and Carter Krueger. Two wrestlers placed at the state competition: Grant Bradley (4th place) and Kaelin Chin (5th place). Way to go, Blazers!
•SENIORS BUILD BIKES FOR YOUTH
The Overland senior student council is hosted a charitable event on February 2 in conjunction with Wheels for Wishes, allowing students to build and donate bikes to local elementary schools.
•AVID SENIORS FEATURED IN DISTRICT AVID VIDEO
Overland AVID students helped mentor second graders at Highline, who are first-time AVID students there. According to Michael Giles, Director of Inclusive Education for CCSD, "...high school students coming back to work with the Highline second-graders...gives them a sense of purpose, a sense of leadership and mentorship. They're modeling for the younger students what it's going to look like for them in the upcoming years." Check out the video featuring some of our AVID seniors:
AVID Inspires Students Across Generations
•DENVER NUGGETS SPEAKS TO OHS & PRAIRIE BROTHERHOOD CHAPTERS
Check out the discussion with Richard Jefferson, of the Denver Nuggets, as he inspires students from the Overland High School and Prairie Middle School Brotherhood chapters. >
•SCOUT IS FINALIST 4TH YEAR IN A ROW
news magazine is a finalist again for the national Gold Crown award for best high school magazine from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. This is the fourth year in a row! The top awards go to publications that are judged on their excellence as shown by their design, photography, concept, coverage and writing. The winners will be announced in March.
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•BASKETBALL TEAM MENTORS PONDEROSA STUDENTS
The varsity basketball team has started a Brotherhood mentor program at Ponderosa Elementary, hoping to impact the lives of the boys in our community so they develop further as men from the experience. Thank you to these young men for being leaders in the community: Daijon Smith, Tucson Redding, Stephen Hayes, Goy Wang, Laolu Oke, Wacim Benyoucef, Jalone Rice, Alex Pena-Avila, Ryland Clark III, Hezekiah Swanson, Trevon Deden, Graham Ike, and Yusuf Ali.
•CHOIR GOES TO CMEA
The Overland High School Cecilian Choir has been selected to sing at the State Music Convention (CMEAN) on Saturday, January 27. Way to go, Cecilians!
•FCCLA SUPPORTS LITERACY
FCCLA'S state theme for this school year is "An Everlasting Tale," with a strong focus on literacy. The club members chose to go and read and do reading activities with preschoolers (Age 3-5). In honor of Martin Luther King Day, they did I-have-a-dream activities and read a book to them about him.
•ABBY CATE NAMED TEACHER OF THE YEAR
Congratulations to vocal music teacher Abby Cate, who was selected as the Overland Teacher of the year. Abby teaches theatre, choir, and piano, directs the music for our musicals, and serves as coordinator of the fine arts department.
•ATHLETES SIGN WITH UW AND MINES
Congratulations to our two student athletes who signed with a university on College Signing Day: Cameron Murray will play football for the University of Wyoming and Kevin Zapanta will play baseball for the Colorado School of Mines.
•THESPIANS RECEIVE HONORS AT THESCON
At the Colorado State Thespian Conference, OHS had nine events qualify for nationals including Wray Szenderski (Solo Musical Theatre), Kylie Wieand (Solo Musical Theatre), Asher Wolf (Solo Musical Theatre), Breonn Lyons and Dalanda Balde (Duet Scene), Ashley Keya, Cassidee Raffa, Lucy Albers-Mead, and Maxcy Ross (Group Scene), Jackson Ross and Joseph Wersc (Duet Scene), William Vaughn (Solo Musical Theatre), Samuel Wersch (Monologues), and Sophia Guagliardo (Monologues). We had two events win Critic’s Choice: Kylie Wieand (Solo Musical Theatre) and Breonn Lyons & Dalanda Balde (Duet Scene). Out of every duet or group scene that was brought to the State Thespian Conference, Breonn Lyons and Dalanda Balde were chosen to perform during the closing ceremonies as the best scene of the conference. Congratulations, Thespians!
•POMS GET STANDING O
Congratulations to the Overland Poms, who placed third at state competition and received a standing ovation from the entire crowd. #theirfans
•DECA STUDENTS QUALIFY FOR STATE
On Friday, December 8, our DECA chapter went to Johnson & Wales to compete at our District Conference. Our students showed class and professionalism throughout the conference. Congratulations to the state qualifiers: 1st Mykaela Dickerson, 1st Jennifer Aklilu, 2nd Shakur Hudson, 1st Jabez Kim and 4th Linda Zhou.
•ZINAB EISA WINS SCHOLARSHIP
Congratulations to Zinab Eisa who was awarded the QuestBridge Scholarship for Brown University. This scholarship covers all four years of tuition, room and board, book and supplies, and travel expenses.
•CANNED FOOD DRIVE SUPPORTS COMMUNITY
A big "thank you" to Overland students and staff for donating canned food to benefit the MORE Life Center in Aurora. Together we helped feed our community.
•BLAZERS SHINE AT TALENT SHOW
Congratulations to the following Blazers for placing in the Talent Show "From Blazer to Broadway" on November 29: (3rd Place) - Andre D'Portillo & Ezra Pohan, (2nd Place) - Emmily Fernandes & Sam Wersch, and (1st Place) - Wray Szenderski.
•VARSITY CHEER EARNS FIRST PLACE
Congratulations to the Varsity Coed Cheer Team! They came in first place at the Rock Canyon Invite and at the Centennial League Invite.
•SPEECH & DEBATE EARNS RECOGNITION AT GREAT PUMPKIN MEET
OCTOBER 2017 | The Speech & Debate Team, coached by Jason Sandoval, did an amazing job this past weekend at the Great Pumpkin tournament. Elena Simpson received a Superior for LD, Yara Ahmed and Renat Mohamed received an Excellent award for PF, Furyl Mian and Faiza Ahmed received an excellent for Drama duo, Alan Lopez Ortega received a Excellent for OO, Chelsea Padilla received an Excellent for OO, and Christina Hoang received a Superior for Drama. Way to go, Blazers!
•GYMNASTICS HEADED TO STATE
OCTOBER 2017 | Congratulations to the Overland Gymnastics Team, coached by Lisa Sparrow, for placing first in regionals. They're headed to State!
•BOYS CROSS COUNTRY HEADED TO STATE
OCTOBER 2017 | Congratulations to the Boys' Cross Country Team...they're headed to State! They came in fourth place as a team at regionals on October 19 and will compete at the state meet on Saturday, October 28 at 9:20am at Norris Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs.
•FALL FESTIVAL RAISED MONEY FOR HURRICANE RELIEF
OCTOBER 2017 | Thanks to the Student Council Class of 2020, sponsored by Danny Barocas and Dana Hansen, the Fall Festival was successful in creating seasonal fun for kids and for raising money for hurricane relief. Great job to National Honor Society, DECA, FBLA, NUTS, Spanish Club, Yearbook, OTV, GSA, and the StuCo class of 2021 for their participation and decoration of classrooms!.
•YEARBOOK INDUCTED INTO HALL OF FAME
SEPTEMBER 2017 | Fifteen student media programs from across the state have been announced as the first inductees into the Colorado Student Media Association All-Colorado Hall of Fame, including the Overland Trail Yearbook. Congratulations to Overland Trail staff!
Hall of Fame 2017 press release.pdf
•PRE-MED CLUB RAISES FUNDS FOR HOUSTON
SEPTEMBER 2017 | The Pre-Med Club, sponsored by Ashley Atwell, ran a fundraiser to raise money for victims of Hurricane Harvey. Donations totaled $640.29 and went to Save the Children for their Hurricane Harvey Relief fund. Roughly one third of the donated money was in pocket change, so don’t forget that every little bit always helps!
•SEWELL BRINGS OUT OVERLAND'S FOOTBALL TALENT
JULY 2017 | "Under Sewell's guidance, the momentum at Overland has accelerated. In addition to the success on the football field, Sewell and his staff have preached a change in the culture. This year, they are posting their own team GPA that all players must achieve if they want to stay eligible. It is their goal to have every senior graduate a better person first, and a better player, second." Read more on
•HAMILTON IS TSA FINALIST
JUNE 2017 | Rising Junior, Ryan Hamilton, was a top 10 finalist at the 2017 National Technology Student Association in the 3D CAD engineering event. Ryan earned his Certified Solidworks Associate Certificate as a freshman in the concurrent enrollment CAD 256 class and his Professional Certification as a sophomore in the CAD 257 concurrent enrollment Engineering class.
•MIRCESKA TO ATTEND FBI TEEN ACADEMY
MAY 2017 | Congratulations to Teona Mirceska, who was selected to attend the competitive FBI Teen Academy 2017 at the FBI Denver Headquarters. Teona applied for this amazing opportunity through our criminal justice program, taught by Antoinette Gifford.
•SEA PERCH COMPETES AT NATIONALS IN ATLANTA
MAY 2017 | Congratulations to the Overland SeaPerch team (Cesia Martinez, Xenia Guardado, Zena Roybal, Emilia Killion, and Luis Dealtan), coached by Debbie Gregg, for competing at the national level in Atlanta. SeaPerch are underwater tethered robots, and the Overland team is the OHS Mantis Shrimp. Students competed in Engineering Notebook, plus a Challenge course and Obstacle course in the 1996 Olympic pools at Georgia Tech University in Atlanta on May 20, 2017. The Obstacle course varies each year but is always a group of 5 rings they must traverse through and back. The Challenge course differs each year. This year the contestants moved diving rings and 4" PVC cubes from a platform to a jungle gym like PVC apparatus. They were timed and received points.
•AKLILU WINS TRIG STAR
MAY 2017 | Jennifer Aklilu of Overland High School is our Colorado State Trig Star Champion for the 2016-2017 Trig Star competition with a score of 88 in the time of 34 minutes 21 seconds. Her teacher is Cyndee Wooden. Jennifer is a junior at Overland and is a DECA State Qualifier, NHS Social Committee Officer, varsity volley ball player and high honor roll. Her parents are Lulu Woldegabreal and Miski Ahmed. We wish to send a hearty congratulations to Jennifer and wish her well in the NSPS National Trig Star competition.
•STATE QUALIFIERS FOR BOYS SWIM AND DIVE
MAY 2017 | Congratulations to the following boys for qualifying for state this past weekend after some great swims and amazing dives! Sean Kelly 12: 200 Medley Relay, 50 Free, and Diving • Wesley Schumacher 12: 200 Medley Relay • Carson Erickson 12: 200 Medley Relay • Ryan Palma 11: 200 Medley Relay and Diving • The boys were able to overcome some difficult obstacles to achieve these results. It was a total team effort from all swimmers, divers and coaches involved! Now onward to State!!!
•SCHOLARS RECOGNIZED AT ACADEMIC SIGNING
MAY 2017 | Two Overland students have been accepted to highly selective universities and were recognized at our Academic Signing Ceremony. Congratulations to Meron Araia, who will be studying Biochemistry and Africana Studies at Cornell University! Congratulations to Tanzilla Purnota, who will be studying Chemical Biology at University of California Berkeley!
•GOLF TEAM WINS CHAMPIONSHIP
MAY 2017 | Overland High School Girls Golf Team won the Springhill Junior Varsity Championship on May 1. Maya Romero had the low score for the day. Borum Kwon, Kayla Makowski, and Kareena Basnet made up the team for the day.
•NEARLY $4 MILLION IN SCHOLARSHIPS
MAY 2017 | As of May 1, Overland is approaching 4 million dollars in scholarships, with special recognition to:
Presidential Award Candidates – Alexander Martin, Sarah Shapard
National Merit Scholars – Parker Lacy, Alexander Martin, Samantha Shapard, Sarah Shapard
Daniels Fund Scholars – Mohamed Aichhiouene, Igor Crilov, Mikayleigh Pearson, Oscar Whitney Jr.
Dell Scholar – Christopher Toe
•MASONIC AWARD WINNERS
APR 2017 | Congratulations to the recipients of the Masonic Achievement award: Alondra Gonzalez Carrillo, Camden Ervin, and social studies teacher, Pete Kleinsasser!
•ACADEMIC AWARD CELEBRATION
APR 2017 | Congratulations to the Blazers who were recognized for their academic achievements at the Academic Awards Ceremony on April 19, with special recognition to Alex Martin and Melody Shellman who were selected as the 2017 Outstanding Senior Students.
APR 2017 | Overland is proud to recognize Stacy Moist as this year's Exceptional Volunteer for Overland High School. Congratulations and thank you, Stacy!
•SCOUT WINS GOLD CROWN FOR THIRD TIME
APR 2017 | The
newspaper won the National Gold Crown award for the third year in a row for best high school magazine from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association! The top awards go to publications that are judged on their excellence as shown by their design, photography, concept, coverage and writing. We were one of 11 schools in the nation to win the gold crown, and the only Colorado school to win in both the newspaper and magazine categories.
•FIVE ATHLETES SIGN WITH COLLEGES
APR 2017 | Congratulations to these student athletes who signed on for college-level athletics at the signing ceremony on April 12: Dajana Scott-Smith (Cornell College, Womens' Soccer); Mason Moore (Midland University, Bowling); Zachary Collins (Kalamazoo College, Mens' Lacrosse); Preston Askew (UCCS, Baseball); and Ian Conlin (Otero Jr. College, Baseball)!
•FOUR DANIELS SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS
APR 2017 | Congratulations to the four Overland recipients of the Daniels Fund Scholarship: Mohamed Aichiouene, Igor Crilov, Mikayleigh Pearson, and Oscar Whitney! The Daniels Fund offers college scholarships for young people of exceptional character and non-traditional students through two distinct programs.
•OVERLAND TSA WINS ENGINEERING NOTEBOOK
MAR 2017 | The Overland TSA Sea Perch team competed with an underwater robot at CU Boulder and took First Place in Engineering Notebook and Third Place overall. The team may have the opportunity to attend nationals in Georgia. Congrats to Luis Deltan, Zena Roybal, Xenia Gardado, Emilia Killion, Cesia Martinez, and Coach Debbie Gregg!
•CULTURE NIGHT A BIG SUCCESS
MAR 2017 | A big "Thank You" to everyone who helped make Culture Week a success. Culture Night included performances and cuisine from Tepochcalli, MSA/African United, Brotherhood, BSA, Chinese Club, GSA, Art Club, Anime Club, and Judaism Club.
•OVERLAND WINS SWISH FOR A WISH
MAR 2017 | Congratulations to the Overland team, comprised of students and staff, that dominated at the district-wide Swish for a Wish basketball game on March 2. Go Blazers!
•WISH WEEK RAISES NEARLY $18,000
FEB 2017 | Students, staff, and community members from Overland and the feeder schools all worked together to help grant the wish of Abigail, a 3-year-old fighting cancer. Abigail's wish was to go on a San Diego adventure. With the generosity of the Overland community, Abigail is now able to take that trip with her family. Thank you to everyone who participated in the week's events and donated to the cause!
•OVERLAND ALUM IS POET LAUREATE
FEB 2017 |
Aurora Sentinel Article
: Aurora City Council Monday night unanimously approved Dominique Sample to serve as the city’s official poet laureate for a two-year term starting next month. The position comes with a $500 per quarter stipend, a stipulation that was approved by council in August 2015. An Aurora native, Sample first became interested in poetry when she was a sophomore at Overland High School and a trio of local poets — Bianca Mikahn, Panama Soweto and Ken Arkind — performed at a school event.
•SENIORS ORGANIZE BLOOD DRIVE
FEB 2017 | Thanks to the Senior Class officers of StuCo and sponsor Jessica Price for organizing the Blood Drive though Bon Fils on February 23. Special thanks to all who donated blood!
•MARTIN & SHAPARD ARE PRESIDENTIAL AWARD FINALISTS
FEB 2017 | Due to their perfect scores on the ACT, Alex Martin and Sarah Shapard are finalists for the Presidential Award. Congratulations to them both!
•CHIN PLACES THIRD AT STATE WRESTLING
FEB 2017 | Congratulations to Kaelin Chin, coached by Trevor Griffin, who placed third at the State Wrestling Championship!
•DUFF'S PHOTOGRAPH EARNS HONORABLE MENTION
FEB 2017 | Congratulations to Nigel Duff, who was recognized as a 2017 Scholastic Art Awards of Colorado Winner. Students across Colorado submitted over 5,600+ original works, and Nigel's photography entitled "Heater" earned him an honorable mention.
•TEN DANIELS FUND FINALISTS
JAN 2017 | Congratulations and good luck to our ten finalists for the Daniels Fund Scholarship: Mohamed El Amine Aichiouene, Ekaterina Crilov, Igor Crilov, Mariah Elizabeth Gavito-Wildeman, Asma Nuri Giornazi, Husam Abdelaziem, Mikayleigh Ann Pearson, Desma Ariana Trescott, Alexis Leigh Weiss-Vigil, and Oscar Antwaine Whitney!
•AVID SCHOLARSHIPS FOR OVERLAND
JAN 2017 | Four (out of eight total) finalists for the Giving Generations ($5K scholarship) are from OHS AVID: Katie Crilov, McKayla Schneider, Astrid Barrera Hernandez, Ebtesam Mohamed. In addition, four semi-finalists (more than we've ever had) for GreenHouse ($6K per year for four years): Ebtesam Mohamed, Katie Crilov, Alice Garcia, and Mary Kudoadzi. Way to go, AVID students!
•THREE ARE BOETTCHER SEMIFINALISTS
JAN 2017 | Congratulations to Jillian Oviedo, Tanzilla Purnota, and Melody Shellman who are semifinalists for the Boettcher Scholarship. The Boettcher Foundation Scholarship supports Colorado’s high-potential graduating seniors by providing them with a full-ride scholarship to attend a Colorado college or university.
•SHAPARD SISTERS ARE PLAYWRIGHT FINALISTS
JAN 2017 | Congratulations to Sarah and Samantha Shapard, who were selected as two of ten semifinalists in the DCPA's playwrighting competition. On January 13, DCPA will announce the three scripts that will be read at the 2017 Colorado New Play Summit.
•BAROCAS NAMED TEACHER OF YEAR
DEC 2016 | Congratulations to Danny Barocas, English teacher and Yearbook advisor. He was selected as the Overland Teacher of the Year!
•RUIZ AND QUEZADA NAMED ALL STARS
DEC 2016 | Congratulations to Susie Ruiz (Activities) and Alejandra Quezada Meraz (Security)! They were selected as CCSD All Stars!
•THESPIANS SHINE AT THESCON
DEC 2016 | Congratulations to the following Thespians, who won Critic's Choice for Improvisation at ThesCon: Isaac Hill, Alex Martin, Harper Guagliardo, Abraham Guzman, Kingahnah Grant-Perry, and Ta'Lor Mosley. Additionally, senior Wendy Lyson received 15 callbacks, was accepted to college costuming programs, and was offered scholarship money for her portfolio. Way to go, Blazers!
•JONES WINS VOLTA WRITING CONTEST
DEC 2016 | Helen Jones is our Fall Writing Contest Winner! She received her prize for winning during the Volta Literary Magazine meeting. Her short story, "Limos," will be featured in the next issues on
. Congratulations, Helen!
•FIVE QUALIFY FOR COLORADO ALL-STATE CHOIR
NOV 2016 | Congratulations to the following performing arts students who qualified for Colorado All-State Choir: Tessakiree Garber, Parker Lacy, Muhanned Makkawi, Christopher Hernandez, and Lexi Antisdel.
•TWO GET PERFECT SCORE ON ACT
NOV 2016 | Congratulations to Sarah Shapard and Alexander Martin! These outstanding seniors scored a perfect 36 on the ACT.
•FOUR QUALIFY FOR HONOR BAND
NOV 2016 | Congratulations to the following musicians who qualified for the Cherry Creek Honor Band: Elijah Henderson/trombone, Jonathan Dominguez/clarinet, Julian Ruiz/clarinet, and Luis Portillo/bass clarinet!
•FOUR DECA STUDENTS QUALIFY FOR STATE
NOV 2016 | On November 11, our Overland DECA (An Association of Marketing Students) students participated at the District Conference competition held at Johnson & Wales. We had 4 students qualify for State. Congratulations to Jennifer Aklilu, Mykaela Dickerson, Evelyn De La Torre Chavez, and Maya Nettath.
•AVID ATTAINS SCHOOLWIDE SITE OF DISTINCTION
NOV 2016 | The Overland AVID Program has been recognized as a pillar of excellence in the district for college and career preparedness. Way to go, Blazers!
•FOUR ARE NATIONAL MERIT SEMIFINALISTS
OCT 2016 | Congratulations to our National Merit Semifinalists: Samantha Shapard, Alex Martin, Parker Lacy, and Sarah Shapard!
•JONES WINS SECOND AT CARDBOARD CHALLENGE
OCT 2016 | Congratulations to Helen Jones who won second place in the district Cardboard Challenge. Helen created a replica of Star Trek's USS Enterprise.
•SOPHOMORES RUN FALL FESTIVAL FOR KIDS
OCT 2016 | The sophomore class of Student Council, sponsored by Sarah Schreiber and Daniel Ellis, provided a fall community activity for the youth in our feeder area. Their Fall Festival on October 18 was an opportunity for kids to wear costumes, get candy, and participate in seasonal games and activities.
•TWO RECOGNIZED AS NATIONAL HISPANIC SCHOLARS
OCT 2016 | Congratulations to the Roman Mary and Emma Roche, who are 2016-2017 National Hispanic Scholars!
•SIX COMMENDED BY NATIONAL MERIT
OCT 2016 | Congratulations to the six National Merit Commended Overland students: Ian Hummel, Emma Saunders, Grace Edwards, Leon Lundie, Tessakiree Garber, Melody Shellman, and Tanzilla Purnota!
•FOUR INSTRUMENTALISTS PERFORM WITH HONOR ORCHESTRA
OCT 2016 | Four OHS students were selected for the 2016 Western States Honor Orchestra. This is an all-state level group, and these students will perform with the finest high school string players in the state on Saturday, November 5th at 4:00pm at the Union Colony Civic Center in Greeley. Congratulations to Malcolm Bamba (sophomore, bass), Paulison Fosu (senior, bass), Jonathan Hummel (sophomore, cello), and Hanan Ruiz (sophomore, bass)!
•BLAZERS EXCEL AT FITNESS FESTIVAL
SEP 2016 | Congratulations to senior, Melody Shellman, who won the Girls 17-19 year old 5K race at the CCSD Fitness Festival on September 10. In addition, Overland has won the 2nd Annual Fastest Staff Team award. The traveling trophy will be shown off in the main office this next week. Congratulations to Carter Krueger, Jeff Planck, Jeff Neises, and David Ford! Job well done with those speedy times and for adding another piece to the trophy case.
•WILLIAMS PLACED SECOND IN STOCK MARKET EXPERIENCE
MAY 2016 | Congratulations to Stephanie Williams who placed 2nd in the region and was honored at the Colorado Council for Economic Education Awards. She participated in The Stock Market Experience, which is a real-life investment simulation that advances student academic achievement in the core academic disciplines.
•TRIG STAR WINNERS
MAY 2016 | Congratulations to the 2015-2016 winners of the Trig Star Awards! Eight students from area high schools were honored, including our very own Samantha Shellman. She is pictured here with math teacher, Joe Welborn.
COMPLETES STEM INTEGRATION
MAY 2016 | Congratulations to STEM teacher Kate McDonnell, who has successfully completed the STEM Integration series of courses in conjunction with CSU.
•ACADEMIC & ATHLETIC SIGNINGS HONOR 6 BLAZERS
MAY 2016 | In a combined recognition event, Overland honored students who were accepted to distinguished universities and those who received athletic scholarships.
- Asia Keomanivong — US Air Force Academy — Computer Engineering
- Filipa Martinovic — US Merchant Marine Academy — Engineering
- Beza Gebremariam — Duke University — Political Science
- Divine Davis — Missouri Valley College — Basketball
- Padiet Wang — University of Colorado, Colorado Springs — Basketball
- Donovan Simon — Missouri Valley College — Lacrosse
- D'Angelo Rivas — Rockhurst University — Lacrosse
•OVERLAND LISTED AMONG AMERICA'S MOST CHALLENGING HIGH SCHOOLS
MAY 2016 | Congratulations to Cherokee Trail, Cherry Creek, Eaglecrest, Grandview, Overland and Smoky Hill high schools for being named to the Washington Post’s list of America’s Most Challenging High Schools. The list ranks schools through an index formula that’s a simple ratio: the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year. A ratio of 1.000 means the school had as many tests as graduates.
•2016-17 STUDENT COUNCIL SELECTED
MAY 2016 | Congratulations to the 2016-2017 Student Council! Be sure to check the list of names outside the Activities Office. Student Body Officers (StuBo) are Caroline Collins, Katie Dorman, Alice Garcia, Stefany Simangunson, and Matthew Stravato.
MAY 2016 | Overland is approaching 5 million dollars in scholarship money, and here are a few other highlights:
- Boettcher Scholar – Jasmine Middleton
- Air Force Academy Appointment – Asia Keomanivong
- US Merchant Marine Academy – Filipa Martinovic
- National Merit Commended Students – Samuel Goldman and Asia Keomanivong
- Daniels Fund Scholars – Beza Gebremariam and Rashib Basnet
- Dell Scholars – Sena Fuad and Tumim Yifru
- Gates Millennium Scholars – Rodina Mohamed and Tumim Yifru
- One confirmed Perfect 36 on Colorado State ACT – Sarah Shapard
- Overland being included with all 6 Cherry Creek School District High Schools on Washington Post’s list of America’s Most Challenging High Schools
•COLLEGE CELEBRATION DAY
APRIL 2016 | Post Grad celebrated seniors who have been accepted to college with a College Celebration on April 27. Seniors signed the windows in the cafeteria, posed for photos, and enjoyed some cake. In addition, seniors who have uploaded their college acceptance information into Naviance received college-bound t-shirts and are featured in the slideshow in Post Grad and the hallways.
•CCSD DAY AT THE CAPITOL
APRIL 2016 | The Overland Boys' Basketball team met with legislators and OHS basketball fans during the CCSD Day at the Capitol.
•ACADEMIC AWARDS CEREMONY CELEBRATES
APRIL 2016 | The Overland auditorium was filled with parents and their students who were recipients of various academic achievement awards on Wednesday, April 20. Students were recognized with department awards as well as for their GPA's and other accomplishments. The evening concluded with the recognition of the 2016 Outstanding Senior Students — Asia Keomanivong and Julianna Oviedo.
•SENIORS SHARE STORIES OF RESILIENCE AND PERSEVERANCE
APRIL 2016 | Overland graduating seniors, James Artis III and Alaysia Macon Robinson enlightened district leaders and parents with proof of their amazing perseverance at the April 13th Parents’ Council meeting. Artis and Robinson were joined by students from all seven high schools in the district to share their harrowing, inspiring stories of overcoming unbelievable obstacles and succeeding in the face of overwhelming odds.
Read their stories >>
•SUPERIOR, EXCELLENT RATINGS AT MUSIC FESTIVAL
APRIL 2016 | The performing arts department had great success at the annual CHSAA music festivals they participated in this April. The Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and Cecilians received superior (I) ratings and Choralaires and Trebelaires received excellent (II) ratings. All of these performance groups have been preparing for this competition since January and did extremely well.
•CULTURE WEEK A SUCCESS
APRIL 2016 | A huge THANK YOU to Alli Pineda, Kelly Osuna, and all the clubs that helped with the Culture Week events. Culture Night on April 7 was an awesome showcase of talents, cultures, and cuisine. Thank you to everyone who donated to the Clothing Drive sponsored by Lit Mag and GSA. Well done, Blazers!
•SARSFIELD PERFORMS WITH ALL STATE BAND
APRIL 2016 | Senior and string bass player, Lindsey Sarsfield performed with the All State Band held in Greeley Colorado. Hundreds of students from around the state audition in December to be in this elite ensemble.
•CCSD — ONE OF AMERICA'S BEST LARGE EMPLOYERS
APRIL 2016 | Forbes business magazine has named the Cherry Creek School District one of America's Best Large Employers for the second consecutive year. "We continue to work hard to make our district a great place to work," Cherry Creek School District Superintendent Harry Bull said. "We have among the lowest turnover rate for teachers in the Denver Metro Area, all of whom are supported by a dedicated classifed staff that ensures that we create the best possible environment for teaching and learning." Cherry Creek Schools was one of seven organizations, and the only school district, in Colorado to make the list. Of the seven, the district was highest ranking once again. Nationwide, the district moved up to #92, from #143 last year. Cherry Creek Schools is one of just three public school districts in the country to make the list. The anonymous survey is given to employees of organizations with more than 2,500 employees. The questions asked employees to rank their employer in 5 categories. Atmosphere at work and potential for development Working conditions Salary/Wage Workplace Diversity The survey, conducted by Statista in collaboration with Forbes, analyzed employer attractiveness from the perspective of American employees. Employees of 1,100 organizations were included in the survey.
•UNIFIED TEAM FEATURED ON THE NEWS
APRIL 2016 | Denver7 reporters, Connor Long and Hanna Atkinson recently hit the basketball court to meet some great Special Olympics Colorado Unified athletes and coaches. Mike Reno is an Overland High School Senior and plays on the Unified team at Overland High School. This is Mike’s first year working with athletes with intellectual disabilities. We asked him what he enjoys most. “Just seeing them be happy, that’s why I’m doing it," said Reno. Reno enjoys basketball, but that’s not the main reason he’s on the court.
Read more from Channel 7 >>
•SCOUT WINS GOLD CROWN AGAIN
APRIL 2016 | The results are in from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) National Crown Awards competition, and Overland has won the Gold Crown again as a national finalist for best high school magazine. OHS placed in the top category with 15 other magazines around the country (and one from Hong Kong). The Scout was the only Colorado school to receive this award for magazine.
List of all winners >>
•DAVIS NAMED MR. COLORADO BASKETBALL
APRIL 2016 | De'Ron Davis is the winner of this year's Mr. Colorado Basketball award by The Denver Post. He scored a total of 1,527 points for a career average of 14.4 per game. He added range out to beyond the 3-point line and made 77 percent of his free throws.
Denver Post article >>
•CCSF GALA AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS
MARCH 2016 | James Artis and Rashib Basnet received the 2016 Giving Generations AVID Graduate with Distinction Scholarship during the Cherry Creek Schools Foundation Gala on March 24.
MARCH 2016 | Congratulations to Jasmine Middleton, who is the recipient of a Boettcher scholarship, and to Beza Gebremariam and Rashib Basnet, who both received the Daniels Scholarship.
List of recipients >>
9 News Video >>
•M3 CHALLENGE WINNERS
MARCH 2016 | Of the 1,084 papers submitted in this year’s Moody’s Mega Math Challenge, Overland's team solution has been selected to receive one of 78 honorable mention awards. This is quite a distinction, especially given the rigorous and intense scrutiny that each paper endured. Only 8.3% of the submitted papers were selected for recognition. Our team included Sam Goldman, Melody Shellman, Mikee Martin, and Asia Keomanivong.
•STEM SYMPOSIUM BRINGS IN 5 GUEST SPEAKERS
MARCH 2016 | On March 17, five professionals from STEM-related fields talked to students about their journey and what is involved in careers as engineers, researchers, programmers, and doctors.
•OVERLAND BACK-TO-BACK STATE CHAMPS
MARCH 2016 | Overland Boys' Basketball beat Eaglecrest for a second consecutive Class 5A State Championship! Way to go, Blazers!
•EIDSON NOMINATED FOR TONY
MARCH 2016 | Overland parents, faculty, and alumni worked together to nominate Theatre teacher, Eric Eidson for a teacher Tony Award. Nomination
submissions required a 3-minute video. Check out the video, edited by Noah Johnston, on
. Fans and friends are encouraged to use the hashtag
on social media, together with Eric's full name (Eric Eugene Eidson) and share this exciting news and strengthen his nomination! The more posts, the stronger his nomination. Congratulations, Mr. Eidson!
•SWISH FOR A WISH UNITES COMMUNITY
MARCH 2016 | The lines between students, teachers and staff blurred, as teams composed of players of all ages met in the gym for a series of friendly pick-up games known as "Swish For A Wish." All proceeds from the event went toward different charities championed by Cherokee Trail, Eaglecrest, Grandview and Overland high schools. Teachers played alongside their students, security guards fielded passes from advisors and coaches had a chance to prove sports theory on the court.
•JERVAE ROBINSON STUDENT-ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
MARCH 2016 | Congratulations to basketball player Jervae Robinson who was named Student-Athlete of the Week by The Denver Post.
•NICOLE MORGAN DAVIS NAMED EXCEPTIONAL VOLUNTEER
MARCH 2016 | Overland offers congratulations and appreciation to parent volunteer Nicole Morgan Davis, who was named an Exceptional Volunteer at the PCTO Board Meeting. When Nicole isn't working on the weekly parent newsletter, she is coordinating fundraisers or helping out with the performing arts department. Thank you, Nicole!
•SPEECH & DEBATE QUALIFIERS
MARCH 2016 | The following students qualified to the State Speech and Debate tournament to be held March 18-19: Noah Spicer and Casey Spring were a 3-1 Qualifier in Public Forum Debate, Fatai Akolade won 3rd Qualifier in Poetry Interpretation, Wajia Ali won 4th Qualifier in Original Oratory, and Shanyah Marshall won 5th Alternate in Poetry Interpretation.
•WE BUILT A ROBOT
FEBRUARY 2016 | Congratulations to the Robotics team who have been busily working on their robot. They showcased the efforts of their hardwork to the community on February 23.
•SENIOR CLASS SPONSORS BLOOD DRIVE
FEBRUARY 2016 | A huge shout-out and thanks to all who donated blood during the Blood Drive. Bonfils and Channel 7 came to the to honor the hard work of the Senior Class who have organized a blood drive at Overland for 30 years in a row. We continue to have all of our spots filled and continue every year to save lives in our community.
News clip >>
•BLAZERS HEAD TO SWEET 16
FEBRUARY 2016 | Blazers won big over Liberty 64-32 and are headed to the Sweet 16 on Wednesday, March 2. Go Blazers!
•READ ACROSS AMERICA
FEBRUARY 2016 | National Honor Society students will celebrate Read Across America by visiting our feeder elementary schools and reading to the students.
•NEAR SELL OUT SHOWS FOR
SHREK THE MUSICAL
FEBRUARY 2016 | Overland Performing Arts finished strong with three stellar performances of
Shrek the Musical
to near sell-out crowds on February 25–27. Congratulations to the over 100 cast, crew, and musicians who made this show a success. Special thanks to the parent volunteers for providing sustenance for the long rehearsals.Photo >>
•WINTER SPORTS RECAP
FEBRUARY 2016 |
Boys Basketball (Head Coach: Danny Fisher)The team is headed to the playoffs with a #1 seed!
Girls Basketball (Head Coach: Wayne McDonald)The Girls Basketball Team is playoff bound!
Unified Basketball (Head Coach: Brandon Salisbury) The Blazers won the area tournament last week in two separate divisions!
Wrestling (Head Coach: Cameron Seger) The Blazers sent 2 wrestlers to the State Championships!
•ECONOMICS STUDENTS WIN AVALANCHE TICKETS
FEBRUARY 2016 | Forty-two economics students were awarded a ticket to one of the two Stadium Series Avalanche games for using an online Financial Literacy Program to learn basic financial literacy principles. They were recognized for their hard work at a ceremony in the IST.
•BLAZER EARNS EAGLE SCOUT
FEBRUARY 2016 | Congratulations to Stephen Regan who earned his Eagle Badge, Troop 376, Denver Area Council. His project was coordinating the construction of two benches along the boardwalk of Wilderness On Wheels, up near Kenosha Pass.
•UNIFIED WINS TOURNAMENT GAMES
FEBRUARY 2016 | The Unified Basketball team won both their games at the Special Olympics Area Tournament for Basketball and took 1st place at each of their levels. Each athlete won a first place ribbon. They also qualified for the Special Olympics State Tournament which will be on March 11 at Gold Crown Fieldhouse, times TBD.
•VIDEO PRODUCTION PLACES AT STATE
FEBRUARY 2016 | The public service announcement group, sponsored by Leslee Kitzman, took first place at TSA State and On-Demand Video took second! Congratulations to the following: (1st Place - Digital Video Production) Tommy Grieves, Grant Chapel, Solomon Henderson, Talhia Stevenson, Copper Reimer, and Semaj Wilson-Hurst (2nd Place - On-Demand Video
) Solomon Henderson, Talhia Stevenson, Marcos Lopez-Fleming, Odalis Alvarenga, Meisha Gaines, and Copper Reimer!Photo of On-Demand Video Team >>
Photo of Digital Video Team >>
•WISH WEEK UNITES COMMUNITY, RAISES $11,500
FEBRUARY 2016 | A huge THANK YOU to the Overland community, including students, staff, and parents from the feeder schools, who helped us raise $11,500 for the Make-A-Wish program. The money will help 7-year-old Yovany go to Disneyland.
•FBLA QUALIFIES FOR STATE
FEBRUARY 2016 | Congrats to Overland FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) District Champions, Emily and Katie Dorman! We are proud to announce that a group of FBLA members will also go on to the State competition slated for April 14-16 in Vail, Colorado.
•OVERLAND LAUNCHES NEW APP
FEBRUARY 2016 | Students, parents and staff can now access everything OHS by downloading the school's robust new app. Quick and easy access to Power School, Athletics schedules and scores, calendars, school documents, Points of Pride, OHS Library, staff directory and more! Check out the new app today - download it free on
•BASKETBALL SENIOR GETS OFFER FROM REGIS
FEBRUARY 2016 | Congrats to Senior, Padiet Wang, for picking up an official offer from Regis University!
•16 SCHOLARSHIP FINALISTS
FEBRUARY 2016 | OHS has 16 college scholarship finalists: 1 Boettcher/National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist, 2 Daniels Scholarship finalists, 2 AVID Giving Generations finalists, 1 Military Academy finalist, 3 Aim High scholarship finalists, 1 Comcast Leaders & Achievers finalist, and 6 Greenhouse semi-finalists.
•ROBOTICS IN FINAL WEEK OF ROBOT BUILD CHALLENGE
FEBRUARY 2016 | THe Robotics Team (FRC Team 3807) has been busy designing, building, building an electrical system and programming their robot within a short 6 week time frame for their upcoming competition. Students have put in 18+ hours each week in addition to regular school hours and have raised over $4500 to help fund this exciting project.
•OVERLAND WRESTLERS GO TO STATE
FEBRUARY 2016 | Congrats to OHS wrestlers Sean Kelly and Kaelin Chin who competed at Regionals this past weekend and are headed to the State Championship Tournament Feb 18-20 at the Pepsi Center. Isiah Bradley also placed 5th at Regional match. Congrats and good luck, Blazers!
•OPTCO AWARDS GRANTS
FEBRUARY 2016 | This year OPTCO was excited to be able to award several classroom/school grants to Overland teachers and staff. Congrats to the recipients who represent OHS staff from the English, Art, Special Ed, ILC and Security departments: James Dykstra, Jenny Kirkpatrick, Sarah Lemire, Susan Weber, and Trevor Van Luit.
Read more >>
•ATHLETES SIGN WITH COLLEGES
FEBRUARY 2016 | Three Overland athletes participated in the National Signing Day ceremony: Alijah Halliburton will play football for the University of Wyoming, Taylor Bean-Marshall will play football for Western State University, and Morgan Moore will bowl for Midland University.
•VAN LUIT IS GOLDEN HEART AWARD WINNER
JANUARY 2016 | Congratulations to head of Overland security Trevor Van Luit, who is the recipient of the Golden Heart Award for his support of students with special needs.
•TWO OHS FINALISTS FOR DANIELS FUND
JANUARY 2016 | Congrats to seniors Rashib Basnet and Beza Zersenay Gebremariam who have been selected among 463 finalists from thousands of applicants in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. All finalists will participate in a personal interview with community leaders in their state in February. Daniels Scholarship recipients will be announced in March.
Read more >>
•VIDEO PRODUCTION STUDENTS COMPETE AT STATE
JANUARY 2016 | Please cheer on the following students as they compete at state in Digital Video Production and/or On-Demand Video: Odalis Alvarenga Marquez, Grant Chapel, Meisha Gaines, Tommy Grieves, Solomon Henderson, Marcos Lopez-Fleming, Copper Reimer, Talhia Stevenson, and Semaj Wilson Hurst.
•NASA HUNCH ON 9NEWS
JANUARY 2016 | Overland students are featured in a Channel 9News clip that outlines their work with the NASA Hunch program.
Read more >>
•HURLEY IS ALL STAR AWARD WINNER
JANUARY 2016 | Congratulations to administrative assistant Erin Hurley, who was selected as a Cherry Creek All Star Award winner. She will be recognized along with recipients from other schools at the All Star dinner on February 18.
•INSTRUMENTALISTS QUALIFY FOR ALL-STATE GROUPS
JANUARY 2016 | Congratulations to junior Paulison Fosu, who qualified for All-State Orchestra and to senior Lindsey Sarsfield, who qualified for All-State Band. Both students play the bass.
•BLAZERS ROCK AT THE STATE SPIRIT COMPETITION
DECEMBER 2015 | Congratulations to the Overland Poms and Cheers for their outstanding performances at the State Spirit Competition. Poms placed 2nd with their crowd-pleasing performance. Cheers have improved their standing from #52 in 2013 and #25 in 2014 to #17 this year. Way to go, Blazers!
•STUDENTS QUALIFY FOR ALL-STATE CHOIR
DECEMBER 2015 | Congratulations to the following students for qualifying for All-State Choir: Parker Lacy, Tessakiree Garber, and Emme Short. They perform February 4-6 at the Bellco Theatre. Good luck, Blazers!
•SENIORS RECEIVE ACCOLADES AT THESCON
DECEMBER 2015 | The following students received college theatre acceptances and scholarship offers at the Thespian Conference (ThesCon): Mohammed Ahmad, Anna Austin, Jose Hernandez, Jasmine Middleton, Lindsey Miller, Rafael Moreno, and Emme Short.
•NHS MAKES BLANKETS FOR CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL
DECEMBER 2015 | National Honor Society students participated in a holiday service project to make blankets for Children's Hospital in Denver.
•DANNY BAROCAS — NHS TEACHER OF THE SEMESTER
DECEMBER 2015 | English teacher and Yearbook sponsor, Danny Barocas, was selected by the National Honor Society as the Star Teacher of the Semester.
•BLAZERS WIN SCHOLARSHIPS
DECEMBER 2015 | Three Overland seniors were awarded the ASFAW Family Foundation Aim High Scholarship: Kehmoni Hyattte, Bright Asamoah, and James Artis. They received scholarship money and a laptop at a ceremony on December 6.
•STUDENTS SHOWCASE SKILLS AT LAST BLAZER STANDING
DECEMBER 2015 | Congratulations to the winners of the Overland Talent Show "Last Blazer Standing": 1st Place: Pedro for President (Sam Gendelman, Stephen Regan & D’Angelo Rivas) • 2nd Place: Men II Boyz (Kingahnah Grant-Perry Jr, Ernest Dapremont IV, Oscar Whitney, and Isaiah West) • 3rd Place: Olivia Veerabadren singing "Valerie."
•TEACHER OF THE YEAR — MARTY JACOB
DECEMBER 2015 | Congratulations to vocal music teacher, Marty Jacob, who was selected by students, staff, and parents as the Overland Teacher of the Year!
•AUTHOR, REBEKAH CRANE, VISITS OVERLAND
NOVEMBER 2015 | Colorado author, Rebekah Crane, visited Overland again to speak to students about the writing process. One of her books,
Aspen, was a summer reading text. Stop by the library to check out more books by Rebekah Crane.
•OVERLAND WINS VETERANS CONTEST 2ND YEAR IN A ROW
NOVEMBER 2015 | Congratulations to Kingahnah Grant-Perry whose poem won the district-wide Veterans Day contest. He performed his piece at our Veterans Celebration and will perform again in Pueblo. Kinganah's win marks the second year in a row that an Overland student has won the contest.
•MUSICIANS MAKE HONOR BAND
NOVEMBER 2015 | Julian Ruiz (junior) and Erin Dodds (senior) both made the Cherry Creek District Honor Band. Both had to audition infront of a judge, play two excerpts, and 3 scales.
•SCOUT NAMED NATIONAL FINALISTS
NOVEMBER 2015 | Last week, OHS student body reveled in the much anticipated release of this year's first edition of "The Scout", Overland's Student Newspaper. In addition to this exciting news, The Scout, has also been named national finalists for the second year in a row for the Columbia Scholastic Press Association's Crown Awards. Last year we won the award, and we are excited to be finalists once again. The award winners will be named in the spring.
•DECA STATE QUALIFIERS
NOVEMBER 2015 | Congratulations to Overland DECA State Qualifiers: Alewia Roba, James Artis, Tavien Rockett, Rodina Mohamed, Solomon Henderson, and Seifeldin Dabbour.
•SPEECH & DEBATE WINS
NOVEMBER 2015 | Congratulations to the students who placed in the Speech and Debate tournaments: (November 7) Deborah Kim and Fatima Ibrahiem won 5TH PLACE in Public Forum Debate, and Noah Spicer and Casey Spring won 2ND PLACE in Public Forum Debate. (November 13–14) Fatai Akolade won 6TH PLACE in Poetry Interpretation, and Casey Spring and Noah Spicer made it to Quarterfinals in Public Forum Debate.
• THE ODD COUPLE CAST & CREW QUALIFY FOR STATE
NOVEMBER 2015 | Congratulations to director Eric Eidson and the cast and crew of
The Odd Couple. The show scored in the top two in the state of Colorado and will be performed at ThesCon in December.
•DE'RON DAVIS SIGNS WITH INDIANA
NOVEMBER 2015 | Congratulations to senior De'Ron Davis who signed with the Indiana Hoosers to play basketball next year.
•EDUCATOR INITIATIVE GRANTS AWARDED
OCTOBER 2015 | 3 Cherry Creek Schools Foundation Educator Initiative Grants awarded to the following: JodI Sanchez with a grant called Food and Mood—her SED students will be studying the impact diet has on mood and emotional health, Judy Paukovich with a grant to continue the E-Waste recycling initiative housed here at Overland, and Amy Cleveland with a grant called Life Skills through video modeling–the grant will allow us to purchase iPad minis to use for this instruction.
•YEARBOOK WINS AWARDS
OCTOBER 2015 | For the 2014-2015 Yearbook, Overland was recognized as an All-Colorado Yearbook which is the highest ranking that yearbooks are awarded in our state. For this year’s book, OHS received an Honorable Mention for Best of Show for 3 photos and captions that were submitted by the yearbook staff. The group also received recognition from the National Scholastic Press Association as having an honor rating of First-Class with 3 Marks of Distinction for the 2014-2015 book.
•OHS WINS AT CARDBOARD CHALLENGE
OCTOBER 2015 | Two of the five awards for high schools at the district Cardboard Challenge went to Overland students. Way to go, Blazers!
•STUDENTS SELECTED FOR HONOR ORCHESTRA
OCTOBER 2015 | Two students were selected for the prestigious Western States Honor Orchestra, which is being held at UNC November 5–7. Congratulations to Paulison Fosu (bass, junior) and Jonathan Hummel (cello, freshmen)!
•VOLLEYBALL RAISES MONEY FOR CANCER RESEARCH
OCTOBER 2015 | Overland Volleyball raised over $700 in 2 days for cancer research. They are supporting the Dorean Katz Memorial. Thank you to everyone who donated and/or bought one of their pink fundrasiser t-shirts.
•MIT STUDENT THANKS KATE MCDONNELL
OCTOBER 2015 | Overland grad and current MIT student, Joseph Mueller, was asked to recognize a teacher that helped him get where he is today. He chose Kate McDonnell as this influential teacher. Congratulations, Ms. McDonnell!
OCTOBER 2015 | Congratulations to the following Overland students and alumni who were honored at ThesCon this past year: Alissa Austin, Rebecca Martin, Noah Johnston, Taylor Vaughn, Mariah Paliasotti, Tyranee Jackson, Samuel Pierce III, and Mason Harvey.
•GYMNASTICS FEATURED ON COLORADO SPORTS NETWORK
SEPTEMBER 2015 | It’s business as usual once again in the Overland gymnastics program, as the 5A defending champion Blazers—owners of four out of the last six state titles—are again focused on themselves, and only themselves. For as fourth-year head coach Lisa Sparrow explains, the Blazers’ focus is always on internal details.
•SENIOR CITIZEN LUNCHEON A SUCCESS
SEPTEMBER 2015 | Overland was proud to host its annual Senior Citizen Luncheon on Friday, September 25, and invite senior members of our community to enjoy musical performances by our bands and choirs as well as a tasty meal. Special thanks to NHS and Cheers for their help with this event.
•MASCOT TRADITION CONTINUES
SEPTEMBER 2015 | Congratulations to Talhia Stevenson and Carson Erickson. These two spirited seniors were selected to represent Overland as this year's school mascots. Go Blazers!
•EAGLE SCOUT BEAUTIFIES CAMPUS
AUGUST 2015 | Many thanks to Grant Gulevich who chose to improve the Overland campus for his Eagle Scout project. He renovated the area by the marquee and planted some trees by the main entrance.