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Exceptional Volunteers to be honored for service to students, schools

They are parents and grandparents, high school students and retirees. They serve on countless committees and organize events ranging from book fairs to fundraisers. Most importantly, they provide inspiration and support to students and staff in every Cherry Creek school every day of the year. They are the Cherry Creek School District’s 2014 Exceptional Volunteers.

“How fortunate we are to have people who so generously share their time and talents with our students and staff. Their presence in our schools is priceless,” ” said Dr. Harry Bull, superintendent of Cherry Creek Schools. “Our volunteers lead by example; teaching our students the value of service and selflessness in person, in every school, every day.

Sixty-three remarkable volunteers will be honored by the Cherry Creek School District and Parents’ Council during the 2014 Exceptional Volunteer Event, to be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Thurs., April 24, at the Hyatt Regency Tech Center.  Each honoree will receive the Wendy DeBell Exceptional Volunteer Award, named after long-time volunteer and former Board of Education President Wendy DeBell. To make a reservation for the 2014 Exceptional Volunteer Event, please visit and enter event code eve424.

The 2014 Exceptional Volunteers were nominated by every elementary, middle and high school in the district, as well as the Cherry Creek Community Legislative Network.

Black Forest Hills Elementary selected Carly Kvietok, a student at Cherokee Trail High School, as its 2014 Exceptional Volunteer. “Carly has been teaching a weekly after school Spanish class with Black Forest Hills students.  She’s built relationships with our kids and with their families all while simultaneously being an honors IB student and star athlete on the swim team.  No one could ever meet a high school student with more integrity, compassion, or dedication.”

Peter and Diane Kufeke are the Exceptional Volunteers for Village East Elementary. “At Village East, Peter is known as Grandpa Pete and his students love to work with him because he encourages them to complete their work with pride. Diane has worked tirelessly for several years with the kindergarten students.”

Lisa Alexander is the Exceptional Volunteer for West Middle School. “Lisa has found time to be the West PTCO President, Treasurer (twice), nominating chair, fundraising chair, and for the last two years, co-chair of the school's highly successful Family Giving Campaign.  She does every job well, and brings reliability, innovation, and creativity to all she is involved with.”

Overland High School’s Exceptional Volunteer is Top Abdelrahman. “Top is one of our most dedicated volunteers supporting the Overland athletic program since 2008. He serves as the football equipment manager, wrestling manager, basketball game manager, and runs the score board for baseball. He contributes his time and energy to help bring excellence to our athletics programs."

Congratulations to all of the Cherry Creek Schools 2014 Exceptional Volunteers!

School    Honoree
Antelope Ridge - Becca Macdonald
Arrowhead - Jessie Marshall and Sonia Strossner
Aspen Crossing - Justina Grimble
Belleview - Susan Barker
Black Forest Hills - Carly Kvietok
Buffalo Trail - Christy Lowder
Campus - Stephanie Whittelsey
Canyon Creek - Nicole Bidwell-Perry
Challenge - Elizabeth Kliegel
Cherokee Trail - Lynn Watson
Cherry Creek - Nikki Gordon
Cherry Creek  Community Legislative Network - Rita Gomez
Cherry Creek Academy - Sarah Bowling
Cherry Hills Village - Janney Carpenter
Cimarron - AnnMarie Meteer
Cottonwood Creek - Ashley Franklin
Coyote Hills - Amada Cooke
Creekside - Kelly Bates
Dakota Valley - Christy Vasey
Dry Creek - Beth Reedy
Eaglecrest - Sherrie Akin
Eastridge Community - Cheryl Northern
Falcon Creek - Leah Camper
Fox Hollow - Missy Depew
Fox Ridge - Leslie Goerner
Grandview - Kim Abele
Greenwood - Jerry Burkey
Heritage - Tessa Tarr
High Plains - Cyndi Stahl
Highline Community - LuAnn DeHaas
Holly Hills - Patti Dominguez
Homestead - Linda Kay
Horizon Community - Jennifer Dorris
Independence - Cory Taylor
Indian Ridge - Nikki Maroni
Laredo - Faith Holland
Liberty - Nina Young
Meadow Point - Jim Cover
Mission Viejo - Jerry Kiefer
Overland - Top Abdelrahman
Peakview - Kristine Ritter
Pine Ridge - Monica Bird
Polton - Nicole Brown
Ponderosa - Donna Scarborough
Prairie - Tinea Watkins
Red Hawk Ridge - Austin Jeffries
Rolling Hills - Lorraine Eloriaga
Sagebrush - Meagan Cave
Sky Vista - Andrea McMullen
Smoky Hill - Becky Karlin
Summit - Emily Brumage
Sunrise - Gressa Fischer
Thunder Ridge - Kelly and Angie Stohl
Timberline - Amanda Clarke
Trails West - Ellie Sletta
Village East - Peter and Diane Kufeke
Walnut Hills - Maria Mohacsi
West - Lisa Alexander
Willow Creek - Barney and Betty Johnson

Posted April 3, 2014.

Posted 4/3/2014 12:01 PM
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