Westside schools:
Bristol, Howbert, West in district choir April 2

       Choirs from Bristol, Howbert and West elementaries are among 11 in District 11 that will sing with an element of the Colorado Springs Chil-dren's Chorale, accompanied by the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony, in the 17th annual District 11 Elementary School Festival April 2.
       The free event will be at the Coronado High School Auditorium, 1590 W. Fillmore St.
       The times are 11 a.m. (for the group including West and Bristol) and 1 p.m. (for the group including Howbert).
       Coronado seeks veterans
       World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans are being sought for filmed interviews by Coronado High School history students.
       The goal is to “collect their stories and experiences while they are still among us” through the national Veterans History Project, a press release states.
       Coronado is working in conjunction with The Palisades at Broadmoor Park and Odyssey Healthcare.
       “The primary focus is the first-hand account of U.S. veterans from World War II, but Coronado students are also looking for Korean War and Vietnam War veterans,” the release continues. “In addition, those U.S. citizen civilians who were actively involved in supporting war efforts are also invited to share their valuable stories.”
       The final project will be sent to the Library of Congress for its online America Folklife Center. Veterans' stories will be uploaded to that site, and then anyone can click on the name of the vet to see that particular interview.
       More information is at www.loc.gov/vets.
       To contact Coronado, call Jill at 328-3750, or Elke at 331-2937.
       Geography semifinalist
       Elinor Kuykendall, a Holmes Middle School eighth grade, has been notified by the National Geographic Society that she is a semifinalist eligible to compete in the 2011 Colorado Geographic Bee April 1 in Denver.
       She had first won the bee at Holmes, then, like other school-level winners between fourth and eighth grades, took a qualifying test from the National Geographic Society. Because her test score was among the top 100 in Colorado, she was invited to compete in the state bee, a press release states.
       FTC robot 4th at regionals
       Coronado High School's freshmen-built robot took fourth place at the Denver regional FIRST Technical Challenge (FTC) competition March 5.
       Along the way, the nine Coronado ninth-graders won the special Motivational and Think awards, and were runner-up for the Inspirational Award.
       The first-time effort was part of the engineering department's extra-curricular robotics program, which is in its third year with the national FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC).
       The freshmen had built their robot from a FIRST-prescribed kit earlier this year, programming “Rocky” to perform certain automatic functions as well as to respond to commands, including picking up and dropping off six-inch PVC tubes.
       Regional Science Fair
       Led by West Middle School sixth-grader Taija Artalejo's triumph in physical science for her grade level, eight Westside District 11 students placed in the recent Pikes Peak Regional Science Fair at UCCS.
       The 54th annual fair had more than 250 middle and high school competitors in all.
       About 200 community leaders, teachers, and scientists served as judges.
       Westside placers were:
       Senior High Health/Behavioral Science - second place, Tessa Konik, Coronado High School; third place, Sophia Blayney, Coronado.
       Eighth Grade Biology - fourth place, Meagan Prewitt, Holmes Middle School.
       Eighth Grade Health and Behavioral Science - second place, Rachael Tindal, Holmes.
       Sixth Grade Physical Science - first place, Taija Artalejo, West Middle School; second place, Elisabeth Staton, West; fourth place, Kaylee Ritch, West; fifth place, Ethan Brewer, West.

       CHS ProStart 2nd at state
       Coronado High's ProStart team took second in statewide competition at Denver's Johnson and Wales University March 3. Going up against 21 other Colorado Springs high schools, Coronado was led by its management team's second place.
       ProStart combines culinary and food-service management skills.
       The Coronado ProStart program is taught by Liz Price. Retired Coronado teacher Leona Lindvall, who led Coronado to three state titles between 2006 and 2009, served as a mentor.
       Students are Justin Edgar, Robbie Austin, Karissa Houghton, Ashley Ruebsamen, Erica Miller, Owen Zaiger, Larus Thomasson and Andrew Rose.

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