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Exceptional Volunteers honored for contributions to Cherry Creek Schools
Enthusiastic.  Organized.  Dedicated.  Devoted to children.  Those are just a few of the words used to describe the 62 people honored as the Cherry Creek School District’s 2012 Exceptional Volunteers.  They include parents and grandparents, businesspeople and retirees; people who have spent countless hours volunteering in classrooms, serving on committees, organizing events, and working in myriad ways to support Cherry Creek students and schools.

These generous people were recognized by the Cherry Creek School District and Parents’ Council during the 2012 Exceptional Volunteer Event, held Thurs., April 26, at the Hyatt Regency Tech Center.  Each honoree received the Wendy DeBell Exceptional Volunteer Award, named after long-time volunteer and former Board of Education President Wendy DeBell.

“We are reminded tonight of your remarkable and often humble work, many times tirelessly, and often behind the scenes,” said DeBell.  “Thank you for the wonderful impact and positive difference you have made in so many young lives.  Each of you have created an incredible legacy.”

The 2012 Exceptional Volunteers were nominated by every elementary, middle and high school in the district.

Smoky Hill High School selected Jean Solis as its 2012 Exceptional Volunteer: “Since 2007, Jean has served as Smoky Hill’s Accountability Chairperson.  Most recently, she was instrumental in creating a partnership between SHHS and the Arapahoe Library District to support the school’s reading goals.  Whether she’s distributing flyers, manning the phones during an election campaign, attending countless school events, or inviting a neighbor to come to a school concert, Jean is one of our most ardent supporters.”

Jaime Samudio is the Exceptional Volunteer from Prairie Middle School.  “Jaime has lent countless hours to our school as one of the sponsors of the Prairie Latino Leadership Group and as the co-chair for the Overland Zone’s Hispanic Opportunities in Public Education (HOPE) Conference.  In his work with Prairie’s Latino leaders, he has helped create experiences with local Latino leaders for our students to fully understand the important elements of hard work and education.”

Willow Creek Elementary named Eric and Heidi Parish as the 2012 Exceptional Volunteers.  “Eric and Heidi have been exemplary role models of volunteerism.  They have modeled their passion for working with children through organizing Willow Creek’s Accelerated Reader program, working in our library reading with our children and helping them with their artwork, organizing art exhibitions at Starbuck’s for our art program and hanging student artwork in our halls.  We will never forget the selfless deeds of volunteers like Eric and Heidi!”

Since the Exceptional Volunteer Event was established in 2005, the Cherry Creek School District has honored nearly 500 Exceptional Volunteers.  Congratulations to the 2012 Exceptional Volunteers!


School    Honoree
1.    Antelope Ridge    Angie Stohl
2.    Arrowhead    Carla Krebs / Julie Smith
3.    Aspen Crossing    Neliza Kriedmann
4.    Belleview     Donna Bucholtz
5.    Buffalo Trail    Ann Moore
6.    Campus MS    Joan Adams
7.    Canyon Creek    Miriam Lay
8.    Challenge    Bernadette Kingsland
9.    Cherokee Trail HS    Gloria Wheeler
10.    Cherry Creek Academy    Karen Secor
11.    Cherry Creek HS    Lisa Chaiken
12.    Cherry Hills Village    Honey Beggins
13.    Cimarron    Lori Guthrie
14.    Cottonwood Creek    Rachel Petrie
15.    Coyote Hills    Ellen Pesavento
16.    Creekside    Sarah Klingler
17.    Dakota Valley    Pamela Chandanais
18.    Dry Creek    Janice Ingram
19.    Eaglecrest HS    Jackie Muhlithaler
20.    Eastridge    Dolly Lager
21.    Falcon Creek    Aurora Stein
22.    Fox Hollow    Sydney Alie
23.    Fox Ridge MS    Mary Ann Moultrie
24.    Grandview HS    Jill Seagren
25.    Greenwood    Casey Lloyd
26.    Heritage    Julie Harris
27.    High Plains    Tracie Slater
28.    Highline    Misty Howell
29.    Hollys    Amy Carroll
30.    Homestead    Joni Ann Morella
31.    Horizon MS    Delinda Pinson
32.    Independence    Tiana Claypool
33.    Indian Ridge    Kate Miller
34.    Laredo MS    Kim Dyer
35.    Legislative Network    Mariellen Guerra
36.    Liberty MS    Kelly Bates
37.    Meadow Point    Wilson Croom
38.    Mission Viejo    Dorcas Hunsucker
39.    Overland HS    Karen Snyder
40.    Peakview    Carol Bryan
41.    Pine Ridge    Jennifer Anderson
42.    Polton    Jennifer McMeekin
43.    Ponderosa    Marie Bacon
44.    Prairie MS    Jaime Samudio
45.    Red Hawk Ridge    Tanya Muniz
46.    Rolling Hills    Mary Ann Mares
47.    Sagebrush    Cristina dePalma-Vega
48.    Sky Vista    Marion Kunkel
49.    Smoky Hill HS    Jean Solis
50.    Summit    Dan & Donna Carney
51.    Sunrise    Katie Douglas
52.    Thunder Ridge MS    Marc and Joanna Saunders
53.    Timberline    Doreen Stokes
54.    Trails West    Sheila Bengtson
55.    Village East    Elizabeth Dominguez
56.    Walnut Hills    Elizabeth Atwell
57.    West MS    Anita Corwin
58.    Willow Creek    Eric & Heidi Parish
Posted 5/10/2012 12:13 PM
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