Turning Tassels, Casting Lines
Graduation Ceremonies, Celebrations Planned
This weekend celebrates a milestone for many as Commencement Ceremonies take place for both Lake County High School and Cloud City High School Classes of 2021. It’s traditionally a time of family gatherings with visiting relatives joining in the celebrations. Please enjoy your time together responsibly. The weather looks decent, always earlier in the day so keep an eye to the sky when planning afternoon and evening activities. It’s also worth noting that Graduation Weekend matches up with FREE fishing weekend from the Colorado Parks and Wildlife. So whether you’re turning your tassels or casting a line, make it a good one.
LCSD Graduation is June 5th!
Once again this year LCHS and especially our seniors are grateful to our community and their support. That sense of gratitude is shared among the very first senior class from Cloud City High School! Senior scholarship night saw the usual support for Lake County graduates that continues to surprise us every year. Students received over $300,000 in scholarships, many of them from local organizations and individuals. We saw each graduating senior receive $2000 from the Leadville Trail 100 Legacy Foundation! Even for those of us who have seen this night many times, it fills us with gratitude for our amazing students and their amazing plans as well as gratitude for our community and their support for students and their goals.
Also, we are grateful to the City of Leadville for getting the seniors’ photos up in town to celebrate them during the month of May. We started this tradition last year and Mayor Labbe and Sarah Dallas really pushed to make it happen. Several community volunteers really helped as well, led by Amy Tait. The City decided that it was a fun tradition and so they have continued it and have the seniors’ photos up again in town and we are so grateful for this fun recognition.
Many of you are probably wondering what graduation will look like this year and we wanted to share our plans. First, we will start with the Motorcade on June 4th at 5 p.m. Much like last year we will leave from LCHS at 5pm and head on a route through West Park. We will weave through town so folks can come out and cheer and then finish heading down Harrison. We are grateful to the City for approving this new tradition that we started last year and everyone seemed to enjoy.
This is the first year that Leadville/Lake County has two high schools with graduating seniors! Lake County High School remains the school of choice for all students in the county and Cloud City High School offers an alternate path for a small percentage of students. Together, the two schools provide a broad continuum of options for students to achieve their high school diplomas within Lake County. This year’s graduation ceremonies will combine graduates from both schools and will be in two shifts on June 5th. Shift one will happen at 9 a.m. and the second graduation will happen at noon. Students will be broken up, mainly by alphabetical order and will each be told which graduation they are participating in. In order to accommodate social distancing, graduation will not be open to the public as each student will have a limited number of tickets for friends and family. Both Ceremonies will be available to watch over Zoom in English and Spanish.
Thanks so much for all the community support for our students during this challenging season in education. We are proud of them and grateful for our community.
FREE Fishing Weekend: Get Hooked!
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is inviting resident and nonresident anglers of all ages to participate in its annual Free Fishing Weekend June 5 – 6, 2021. The free fishing weekend is a great w?ay to get outside with family and friends and take advantage of Colorado’s extensive opportunities to fish for a myriad of cold and warm water species.
The fish are starting to bite at waters all around the state. To give everyone an opportunity to get out and get some hits, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is inviting resident and nonresident anglers of all ages to participate in its annual Free Fishing Weekend on June 5 – 6. The free fishing weekend is a great way to get outside with family and friends and take advantage of Colorado’s extensive opportunities to fish for a myriad of cold and warm water fish species.
Fishing Tips & Hotspots
There are many resources that Colorado Parks and Wildlife offers to help those interested in fishing throughout the state:
- Fishing Report– This report offers a weekly fishing report from lakes all around Colorado
- Fishing Atlas– This is an interactive map that shows the many waters people can fish in Colorado
- 101 Places to Take a Kid Fishing– this webpage has an interactive map showing all of the possible places to take a kid fishing
- Stocking Report– The stocking report shows lakes, ponds, and rivers that have been stocked with catchable (9 to 12 inch) trout in Colorado.
This year’s Memorial Day Tenth Moutain Division service was more subdued due to COVID-concerns, however, the private ceremony was just as meaningful. Here’s a video from the 10th Mountain Division Foundation. Climb to Glory!
HS Track Finishes Busy Week
Last week was busy for Lake County High School’s track & field team. On Tuesday, the 18th, they competed in the rain at the David S. D’Evelyn Invitational held at Jeffco Stadium in Lakewood. Then on Friday the 21st, they enjoyed sunshine in New Castle at the Coal Ridge Invitational.
Anthony Martinez proved his ongoing dominance in the 110 meter hurdles by winning that race in both meets. His Friday time of 15.18 seconds was a personal best and only 3 hundredths of a second away from the Lake County High School record. At the D’Evelyn Invite, Martinez finished 3rd and 4th respectively in the 200 m and 100 m dashes with times of 23.42 and 11.59. On Friday, Martinez was 2nd in the 200 m (23.38) and 5th in the long jump (19’11”). He also anchored the 4 x 200 m with teammates Fabian Jimenez, Jace Peters and Javier Lazaro. Their time of 1 minute 35.30 seconds was good enough to place 2nd in the Coal Ridge Invitational and 3rd overall in the 2A state rankings.
Despite facing off against 19 other teams, many of them larger schools, at the Jeffco meet, several other Panthers placed in the top 8 of their events. Ivan Liewer reached 36’3” in the triple jump and finished 2nd. Peters fell in the 300 m hurdles and still managed to get up and cross the finish line in 3rd place and a time of 46.21. Fabian Jimenez took 5th in the 800 m with a personal record (PR) of 2:08. Ivan Hinojos achieved his own PR in the discus by throwing it 104’2,” enough for 6th place in that event.
On the ladies’ side, Aurora Marruffo finished the 300 m hurdles in 3rd place and a time of 57.29. She also leaped to a season-best 15’2.5” in the long jump and placed 4th. Keira King ran a very steady 3200 m run, even though she had to run much of it by herself. She completed that 2 mile race in 13:02 and 6th place. Jaycee Windorski cleared 4’8” in the high jump and took 7th place.
The women’s sprint medley relay team of Makayla Arellano, Kaytlin Sprague, Marruffo and Violet Hill finished in 7th with a season-best time of 2:09.
Lazaro, Obed Tarango, Cody Hall and James Garrison teamed up in the men’s 4 x 200 m relay. They were 8th in a time of 1:42. Together Garrison, Tarango, Lazaro and Jimenez ran 3:55 in the 4 x 400 m relay and placed 8th.
In the final results, the guys were 8th out of 20 teams and the ladies were 10th.
Windorski was the only individual girl to score points for the Panthers at Coal Ridge. She was 6th in the high jump with her clearance of 4’7.”
A few of the ladies’ relays placed in the top 8, though. Sprague, Arellano, Marruffo and Adele Horning comprised the sprint medley relay. They finished the 800 m event in 2:13 and placed 7th. The 4 x 400 m relay team of Hill, Sprague, King and Horning also took 7th with their time of 4:59. Sprague, Windorski, King and Marruffo teamed up for the 4 x 200 m relay, finishing 8th in 2:00.
On the men’s side, Jimenez won the 400 m dash in 52.25 seconds. He also ran 23.83 in the 200 m dash and placed 6th. Peters set PR’s in the 800 m run (2:08) and the pole vault (10’3”), finishing 6th in both of those events.
As a team, the men placed 6th out of 20 schools, and the women finished 17th.
The following Panthers also accomplished PR’s this week: Cody Hall in the 100 m (13.22) and the shot put (28’4.5”), Ben Lowry in the high jump (5’5”), James Garrison in the 200 m (26.67), Abel Gonzales in the 400 m (1:00) and the 800 m (2:35), Josiah Horning in the 800 m (2:46), Anthony Harris in the 300 m hurdles (59.62) and the pole vault (7’9”), James Medina in the triple jump (32’1”), Troy Baker in the discus (82’4”), Fabian Jimenez in the 100 m (11.89), Kaytlin Sprague in the 200 m (32.07), Aurora Marruffo in the 200 m (28.92), Violet Hill in the 1600 m (6:15), Keira King in the 800 m (2:44), Grace Bunch in the 800 m (3:17), Joci Holbrook in the shot put (24’7.5”), Molly Coleman in the high jump (4’5”), Jaycee Windorski in the long jump (11’11”), Adele Horning in the pole vault (6’9”) and Rose Horning in the pole vault (6’3”).