Westside schools:
Annual Westside choir show April 19

       Choirs combining students from several District 11 schools west of I-25 will perform Saturday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the Coronado High School auditorium.
       “Westside Sings” is the name of the annual concert, which is in its fifth year, according to Howbert Elementary music instructor Katherine Kennedy, one of the organizers.
       The show is free and open to the public.
       Participating schools are Coronado High; Holmes and West middle schools; and Bristol, Chipeta, Howbert, Trailblazer and West elementaries.
       Asked how it works out having elementary kids singing with older students, Kennedy said, “It's good for them to sing with the older voices. They love it, and it inspires them.”
       CHS honors slain teen
       Coronado and Doherty high schools joined this year to present the Rachel's Challenge community event April 5.
       The challenge was started by Darrell Scott, whose daughter Rachel was the first person killed in the Columbine High School mass murder April 20, 1999. Before that, in her diaries and a school essay, she had written her ideas about compassion and not being too quick to judge other people.
       Elena Lobato, a member of the Coronado High School Student Council, who helped organize the Challenge, said she feels strongly about it because of Rachel's concept that “you can start a chain reaction with one act of kindness.”
       Coronado had an assembly about the Challenge, and after school there was a training session to discuss accepting differences and reaching out to people, Lobato said. She added that she would like to see that same kind of spirit extend to the community outside the school.
       Although not discussed at the Coronado assembly, the Scott family has indicated elsewhere that they believe Rachel was targeted by the two Columbine killers (also students at the high school) because of her Christian faith.
       Howbert's 'spacey' art
       In a new aspect of the 27th annual National Space Symposium, organized by the Westside-based Space Foundation, two Howbert Elementary students placed in a space-oriented student art contest.
       The students are Hannah Marquez, second place; and Landon Vidmar, third place. Both were in the category of drawing for grades pre-K to second grade.
       Sponsored by the ARES Corporation and Fisher Space Pen Co., the contest invited students in pre-K to 12th grade to submit original artwork depicting the theme, “Human Space Travel in the Year 2020.” In all, there were 150 entries from 13 states, according to a press release.
       Entries were judged in four grade categories - preK-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12 - and three style categories - drawing, painting and multimedia. All winners will be recognized April 13 as part of the Space Symposium at the Broadmoor Hotel.
       Count on it for West
       West Middle School's MATHCOUNTS team, led by math teacher Phil Hutcherson, has earned the Gold status for the third straight year through participation in the national MATHCOUNTS program, which promotes math achievement. (Gold is attained by having a sufficient number of students pass MATHCOUNTS' 10- question Gold-level challenge.)
       According to a District 11 press release, only four schools in Colorado (out of 150 that participated in MATHCOUNTS) qualified for Gold.
       West's club will be receiving a banner to recognize its achievement.
       Historic achievement
       Four Coronado High School students qualified for state competition May 7 in Denver by placing in two categories at the recent regional History Day event at Colorado College.
       They are:
       Senior Individual Web Site - second place, Taylor Hershberger.
       Senior Group Web Site - third place, Kyle Allison, Carter Gerber, and Joah Smith.

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