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Accolades and Latest News About the STEM School and Academy

STEM Student Dan Prehm Wins First Place in Douglas County Art Show
Dan Prehm wins first place in the Douglas County k-12 District Art Show.  He won the the high school painting competition.  

STEM Math Counts Team Places 4th in State; Individual Student Anthony Wang Qualifies for Nationals
Congratulations to STEM's Math Counts team who placed 4th in the state at the Colorado championship.  Student Anthony Wang took individual 4th place and qualified to represent STEM at the National competition in Florida.  

STEM Students Rock Destination Imagination - Fifth Grade Team Places First
The 5th grade Destination Imagination team from STEM. -- Team DI Destroyers - win first place for their improv event - 3Peat.
Team members are Joshua Cho, Nehal Choudhary, Sejal Daukia, Jaclyn Fustich, Jensen McDonald, and  Maya Turlapaty. Team managers are Adri Fustich and Kevin Cho.

More Stories From the Highland Ranch Herald Featuring STEM!

Student Anna Veal Honored for her work in radio technology.  "Teen Reaches our to world via airways."

Engineering Teacher Mike Shallenberger Featured in Highlands Ranch Herald
Read about our lead engineering teacher Mike Shallenberger in the Highlands Ranch Herald.

STEM Sixth Grader Featured in PARADE Magazine 
STEM sixth grader, Garrett Lowry was featured in Parade Magazine in a very special feature, "Kids Helping Kids: Inspiring Stories from Young People Who are Giving Back."
We are so proud of Garrett.  Another example of the kind of character we hope all students at STEM continue to demonstration.  Congrats Garrett.

Congratulations to Nathanel Cho  - Featured in DIME-Denver
Congratulations to Nathanel Cho who was featured in DIME-Denver, a guitar workshop using looping techniques similar to artist Ed Sheeran! 

Douglas County School District Features STEM'S Music Program

Future Business Leaders of America - District Competition Winners
Four of seven members of the STEM FBLA team qualified for the State competition which will take place in Vail on April 19-21.
Congrats to the following students:
  • Organizational Leadership - 1st place - Erast Davidjuk
  • Coding and Programming - 1st place - Aatif Jawani
  • Securities and Investments - 3rd place - Sebastian DelBarco
  • Computer Problem Solving - 3rd place - Dillon Schaeffer
  • Team Business Plan - 3rd place - Erast Davidiuk and Sebastian DelBarco

STEM History Class Featured on 9News March 6, 2017

Colorado Public Radio Features STEM, March 7, 2017
Link to story

Congratulations to STEM middle school student Sanjana Sankholkar who was named a finalist for the 13th Annual Kiwanis Stars of Tomorrow Talent Show. All students are judged based on talent and technique (complexity, artistic skill, level of technique, interpretation and expression), presentation (stage presence, style, grace, poise, and showmanship), and selection (appropriateness, staging, arrangement).


Special shout out to several STEM students who competed in the Regional Science Fair! Two students won SECOND place, and one student won THIRD place! These three students now get a chance to compete at State Level. Congratulations to Rewa Raizada, Ethan Shoop, and Tia Seniw!!


Highlands Ranch Herald Features STEM History Students

High School Students Win Best in Region for Verizon App Challenge

STEM School and Academy’s “We the People” app idea would allow the public to censor out unreliable news sources. The app’s goal is to provide reliable, unbiased sources for all major national and world news, which the team sees as a crucial need during this post-election year.  Link here for more information on the APP Challenge.  

Students pictured below are: Top row R to L: Sydney Zirbel, Zoey Roueche, Chase Babair, Eric Sorensen; Middle row R to L: Fiza Jiwani, teacher, Lisa Schnirel; Bottom row R to L: Peyton Gilbert, Aspen Medberry.

The group was also featured in a story in the Highlands Ranch Herald. 

My Name is: Jennifer Campbell-Smith
STEM Eighth grade physical science teacher featured in the Highlands Ranch Herald for her research, work with students and her association with the Museum of Nature and Science.  Link to full story.

KOA Interviews STEM Students on Artificial Intelligence and World War I

A group of sophomore AP History students were interviewed on KOA's Mandy Connell show about their work in creating artificial intelligence of World War I Figures.  Link to full show.  STEM students are featured at about 1:15 into the show.

Mr. Cegielski's History Class Students Featured on Front Page of Denver Post

STEM Story on Front Cover of Highlands Ranch Herald

My Name Is....Cameron Ryan Featured in Highlands Ranch Herald

Computer Science teacher Cameron Ryan was featured in the Highlands Ranch Herald's weekly feature -- "My Name Is."
Link here to read the whole story.  Congratulations Mr. Ryan.

Dr. Helke Farin's Class Featured in Highlands Ranch Herald

In a feature on real world and problem-based learning, reporter Alex DeWind spotlights Dr. Farin's anatomy and physiology class.  Read the story below.

STEM School and Academy Team Wins Regional Best in Verizon App Challenge

High School and middle school students nationwide were challenged to design a mobile app concept that will improve societal issues as part of the Verizon Innovative App Challenge.  A team of seven high school students were awarded Best in Region. Nearly 2,000 schools participated.  They are one of only 24 schools named Best in Region as as such received $5,000 from the Verizon Foundation for their school, along with tablets for each student team member. The teams will compete to earn one of eight Best in Nation awards, selected by a panel of education and industry experts, and the Fan Favorite award, determined by public voting. 

To help the STEM Team win fan favorite, just text WETHEPPL to 22333.  Here is the list of Best in Region winners as well as a link to the group's :30 commercial for their ap

Top row right to left: Sydney Zirbel, Zoey Roueche, Chase Babair, Eric Sorensen

Middle row right to left: Fiza Jiwani, teacher, Lisa Schnirel

Bottom row right to left: Peyton Gilbert, Aspen Medberry

STEM Eighth Grade Engineering Students Propose Urban Design in Douglas County
Read about the exciting work going on in Ms. Margelly Beltran-Nieves 8th grade engineering class.

KUSA TV Channel 9 Features STEM Kinders Coding
"Kindergartners at The STEM School and Academy are using a popular tech toy to learn math skills, and the excitement around learning is catching on. Students use the Sphero robot to understand coding, math, spelling concepts through the natural curiosity the kids have for this modern learning tool."

KUSA TV Channel 9 Features STEM Music Production Class

"In 2015, a group of students at STEM School & Academy in Highlands Ranch created an idea called “Band Together," in hopes of creating school unity through music. Band Together became a powerful force at the non traditional school, allowing students to express themselves through musical notes, powerful lyrics and composition. Band Together was awarded one of eight Education Innovation Awards by the Entertainment Industry Foundation. Band Together received an award of $5,000 in DonorsChoose.org funding credits to use in the classroom." Link here for full video and story.

Back Off My Charter School Competition Awards STEM Team $1,000 for Video Production
STEM students Aiden Beatty, Franklin Bryant, Luca Mederer and Mitch Young placed in the top 50 in the country for the John Oliver Back Off My Charter School video contest. The group won a prize of $1,000!  Congrats Team.  Watch their video here.

STEM Academy 8th Grader Wins First Place in Colorado Association for Recycling Poster Contest
Colorado Association for Recycling  announced STEM School and Academy 8th grade student, Nathanel Cho, as the top winner in their 10th Annual Recycling Poster Contest. The contest, opened to all Colorado students in grades K-12, asked students to create posters reflecting the theme,  “ten reasons to recycle.”  Cho’s artwork, features primarily ways to conserve water,  will be prominently featured in the organization’s PSA scheduled to run on National Recycle Day, November 15.  His work is also featured on a large billboard in the city of Pueblo, Colorado.
Billboard featuring Cho's artwork

STEM Best Robotics Wins First Place Sixth Year in a Row! 

The STEM School's BEST Robotics team competed on Saturday at the Front Range BEST Competition and won first place BEST Award for the 6th year in a row and now qualify for the regional tournament. The students also won:
  • 2nd Place in Robot Game
  • Software Design and Simulation Award
  • Spirit and Sportsmanship Award
  • Marketing Presentation Award
  • Outreach Award
  • Best T-Shirt Award
Congratulations to this team of very hard-working students, and thank you to the staff, students and cheerleading team for their support.  Regional in Fort Smith, Arkansas!

STEM School Tops Douglas County High School ACT Scores
Douglas County News-Press releases ACT scores for the Douglas County School District.  STEM is tops.  Read the story here.

STEM Student Omer Elder Featured in Highlands Ranch Herald
The Highlands Ranch Herald spotlights STEM student Omer Elder.  Omer's last line in the story tells us a lot, "If it weren't for this school, I wouldn't be where I am right now. I wouldn't be anywhere close to where I am with coding and music."  Read the full story here.

STEM School's Music Program's BAND TOGETHER Wins Innovative "THINK IT UP" Award from the Entertainment Industry Foundation

In July 2016, The Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) announced the winners of the inaugural THINK IT UP Innovation Awards, selecting eight teams of students and teachers, among thousands of submissions, who exemplify the great work happening in America’s classrooms.  STEM School and Academy’s team, Band Together was one of the eight innovation winners, receiving $5,000 in DonorsChoose.org funding credits to advance their outstanding work in the classroom.  Lisa Paulsen, CEO and President of the Entertainment Industry Foundation said, "These teams remind us of what we can accomplish when we support and celebrate the tremendous effort of America's schools and teachers.  There's no spotlight bright enough for the inventive, inspiring work they do every day."

We are proud to be education innovators!

Expansion makes STEM School K-12
Highlands Ranch Herald covers the expansion of the STEM school to K-12.  Link here for full story.

Colorado Public Radio's Jenny Brundin Interviews Dr. Penny Eucker
Listen online to a recent interview with Dr. Penny Eucker featured on Colorado Public Radio.  Link here to listen.

National News and TV Feature STEM Student
STEM student Michael Bodzianowski's experiment was one of 11 selected to fly on Mission 4 to the International Space Station.  His experiment, "What are the effects of creation of beer in microgravity and is it possible" drew national media attention ranging from coverage on all three network news programs, the Katie Couric Show and even in Jay Leno's monologue.  Here is a link to a print story by ABC News.