Students and teachers with a passion for learning and a commitment to serving others were honored by the Revelation Masonic Lodge #180 during the 2012 Masonic Education Recognition Night, held April 26 at the Aurora Masonic Lodge. One junior boy, one junior girl and one teacher from each high school in the Cherry Creek School District received the “Outstanding Junior” or “Outstanding Teacher” award. The honorees are:
School Outstanding Junior Boy Outstanding Junior Girl Teacher
Cherokee Trail Kyle Freeman Kirsten Mattson Dennis Griebel
Cherry Creek Homero Ortiz Jessica Daubert Yael Abrahamsson
Eaglecrest Xavier Lewis Jamie Griffin David Frantom
Grandview Joseph Choe Victoria Rowe Tom DeConna
Overland Sawyer McLane Yasmine Dakhama Deborah Carnevale
Smoky Hill Sidharth Tripathi Clara-Aya Blanco Mike Renes
Masonry is the world's oldest and largest fraternity for men and Masons, also known as Freemasons, support many worthwhile causes including education.
“We believe public education is a vital and important part of our society and community,” said Jack Burns, co-chairman of the Education Committee of the Revelation Masonic Lodge.
Randy Harrold, who is the leader of the lodge, introduced each of the student honorees and described their many accomplishments. Some, like Eaglecrest’s Xavier Lewis, demonstrate excellence in both academics and athletics.
“I’m a student-athlete, but the student comes first,” said Lewis. “I take pride in my grades.”
The students are also very involved in school clubs and activities and community service projects and organizations.
Many of the teachers who were honored have spent decades serving students. For example, Dennis Griebel, math teacher and Math Department coordinator at Cherokee Trail High School, has been teaching for 41 years. In that time, he has worked with more than 4,000 students.
“My passion is working with young people,” Griebel said.
In addition to honoring outstanding high school juniors and teachers, the Masons also offers scholarships to graduating seniors through the Colorado Masons’ Benevolent Fund. For more information, visit www.cmbfa.org.