By Brennan Ruegg, Leadville Today Contributor
Lake County Intermediate School’s (LCIS) students, parents, teachers and administrators gathered last Thursday, Feb. 9 for a Celebration of Learning to showcase academic achievements the students have made this year. Far from the concept of a parent-teacher conference, it was an evening run by students.
Emcees Kaden Osborn and Ariana Diaz led a community meeting in the gym which included singing, acting, and dancing to an audience of more than 100 visitors. Getting everyone up and moving, the meeting acquainted guests with LCIS lingo and tradition before students took their friends and family to the classroom, where they individually presented their proudest work. All the signs of hard effort and preparation made for a smoothly run and impressive night.
LCIS hosts a community meeting every month, but this turnout was unprecedented. Gym bleachers stood full around staff and students who ran through their monthly routine, giving shout-outs of appreciation, and demonstrating the school handshake and LCIS cheer.
The children gave a small taste of what they have been working on collectively, sang a Spanglish version of Ben King’s “Stand By Me,” and acted out a scene to illustrate the purpose of the event: to highlight the students in their own words, and the processes and research they employed for their academic projects.
Finally, a grown-up took center stage, Principal of LCIS Stephanie Gallegos, who briefly introduced herself to the community and shared some of her experiences at LCIS. After that, a mini dance party took place before everyone flooded out into classrooms where students showed off math posters, ecology assignments and collaborative research projects designed to answer such questions as “How do children in Peru get their books?”
Keep updated on the Lake County School District website to find out what the Panthers are up to next. The school production of Little Shop of Horrors is coming up the same weekend of Leadville Ski Joring, Mar. 4. Third-graders will ski down Ski Cooper with 10th Mountain Division veterans on Friday, Feb. 17. The Lake County Intermediate School is part of the Lake County School District and is located at W. 6th Street and McWethy Drive in Leadville, Colorado.
Nordic Lady Panthers Bring Best Race of Season
Last Saturday, the Lake County High School Nordic ski team traveled over Fremont Pass to the Frisco Nordic Center for a mass start classic race for the last regular season race. After a warm week, the five kilometer course was sloppy and was best described as skiing on “mashed potatoes”.
The boys team battled through some fatigue and sickness over the week and found themselves a bit sluggish at the race. They finished 8th as a team. Joe Koch and Brandon Hanson led the charge, placing 28th and 30th respectively and finishing within a few seconds of one another. Zayden Tufte used a strong 2nd half to finish 37th. Sam Frykholm and Conner Lenhard were right behind in 42nd and 44th.
Next across the line was Matthew Seibiel in 60th. Matt Koch found his skis to be slippery but used his upper body to propel himself to 79th. Jarrett Rongstad had an outstanding race to place 81st.
“The boys had a decent day, but I know we have some better results in our future,” said coach Karl Remsen.
In contrast, the girls team had their best race of the season. Ariel Benney used a strong double pole to lead the team with a 9th place finish. Caroline Benney and Whitney White were right on her heels in 11th and 12th place, respectively. Jackie Williams notched her best ever finish with a 17th, and Harper Powell was the 5th Lake County skier in the top 20 with a 19th place finish. Molly Lenhard had a tumble at the start, but she passed more than 60 skiers en route to a 27th place finish.
Abby Holm just missed qualifying for the state meet in last week’s race, so she was determined not to miss her chance this week. With a powerful kick, Abby finished in 42nd place, making the qualifying line by two spots. Hannah Holm rounded out the Panthers in 81st.
“The girls rocked it!” exclaimed assistant coach Andrew Coffin after watching the stream of Panthers come in at the front of the pack.
The team was 2nd overall, but a closer look at the results shows just how strong the showing from the girls really was. Only the top 3 skiers count in team scoring, so the fact that the Panthers had the fastest 5th skier and fastest 6th skier of any team is not included in the team score.
Thirteen Panther Nordic skiers will head to Steamboat Springs on February 23 and 24 to compete in the State Meet. The competition consists of an individual start skate race and a mass start classic race. Joe, Brandon, Zayden, Sam, Conner, Caroline, Ariel, Harper, Whitney, Molly, and Jackie will be competing in both races. Abby will only be competing in classic and Cheyenne Mendoza will only be competing in skate. This is the largest number of Nordic skiers heading to the state meet in more than a decade. Go Panthers! Good Luck at State!