March 23, 2011
School and community leaders came together to celebrate the accomplishments of many, including Cherry Creek High School graduate and Princeton University physics professor Dr. Steve Gubser, at the Cherry Creek Schools Foundation Leadership for Tomorrow Luncheon on March 17.
While in high school, Dr. Gubser was the first American to win the International Physics Olympian. He is currently a professor of physics at Princeton University. His research focuses on theoretical particle physics, especially string theory. Dr. Gubser told the crowd that as a child he lived in Aspen, Colorado, and as he approached high school, his parents were advised to seek a more rigorous high school curriculum. After researching Denver-area high schools, the family decided that Cherry Creek High School wastheir best option. “I’m proud to have graduated from Cherry Creek,” Dr. Gubser said.
Nearly 700 people attended the event. The money raised at the luncheon supports public education in the Cherry Creek School District. It will be invested in innovative resources to prepare students for tomorrow’s more technologically-advanced workplace, said the Foundation’s Executive Director Carolynn Erickson.
The Leadership for Tomorrow Luncheon recognizes 17 outstanding high school graduates for their distinguished contributions. They also recognize teachers who have received small foundation grants to implement instructional innovation within their classrooms. Corporate and community members who support excellence in education for 50,000 Cherry Creek Schools students, through their contributions to the Cherry Creek Schools Foundation are also acknowledged.
Champions of Education
Barry and Polly Gleichenhaus were honored as Champions of Education for their support of the Cherry Creek School District.
“I’m proud and humbled to be honored by the Foundation,” Polly said. It’s such an amazing organization that works to support not just one school, but the entire district.” Barry and Polly have a passion for children and public education. Barry served on the Foundation board for six years and served as the board chairman. He is also on the steering committee for the district’s Science Technology Engineering and Math program (STEM), designed to improve the technical education of school children. “We should all leave something behind that is better than it was when we started,” Barry said.
Polly is a tireless community advocate. She has chaired the Foundation Luncheon, and served as president of the West Middle School and Cherry Creek High School PTCOs. Last year Polly was recognized as the volunteer of the year for her service at Cherry Creek High School. Polly is also the co-founder of the Listen to Learn Guild which funds resources to facilitate learning for children with dyslexia.
“I would advise all young parents to get involved,” Polly said. “It’s our future and their future.”