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Boettcher Scholars thank the teachers who most inspired them
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​Nathaniel Smith and Camilla Hallin
Courtney Hendricks and Janaye Matthews
Eric Eidson and Jasmine Middleton
E​ric Paricio and Jim Techau
Michael Mazenko and Grace Rooney

Five high school teachers from the Cherry Creek School District were recognized for the significant impact they have had on five of Colorado’s top students during The Boettcher Foundation’s 25th Annual Teacher Recognition Awards Program, held Aug. 12 at the Denver Botanic Gardens.

The teachers were nominated by the district’s five 2016 Boettcher Scholars. Congratulations to:
•    Grandview High School social studies teacher Nathaniel Smith, nominated by 2016 Boettcher Scholar Camilla Hallin
•    Cherokee Trail High School English teacher Courtney Hendricks, nominated by 2016 Boettcher Scholar Janaye Matthews
•    Overland High School drama teacher Eric Eidson, nominated by 2016 Boettcher Scholar Jasmine Middleton
•    Smoky Hill High School vocal music teacher Jim Techau, nominated by 2016 Boettcher Scholar Eric Paricio
•    Cherry Creek High School English teacher Michael Mazenko, nominated by 2016 Boettcher Scholar Grace Rooney

The five CCSD teachers are among 42 educators from across Colorado nominated by this year’s 42 Boettcher Scholars.

"These 42 teachers have played a significant role in shaping the educational experiences of our Boettcher Scholars,” said Tiffany Anderson, the Boettcher Foundation’s scholarship program director. “We are proud to honor these individuals for championing excellence in their classrooms.”

During the Recognition Awards Program, each Boettcher Scholar explained how their teacher had positively impacted their life. Each teacher also received a $1,000 grant from The Boettcher Foundation to be used toward an educational program or project to benefit students at his or her school.

The Boettcher Scholarship is arguably the best scholarship available to Colorado students who want to attend college in state. It is a four-year, full-ride scholarship that also provides opportunities for students to develop their leadership skills and jumpstart successful careers. The Boettcher Scholarship Program was established by the Boettcher Foundation more than 60 years ago, to encourage Colorado’s best young minds to remain in state and use their immense talents to improve Colorado communities. Each year, more than 1,500 exceptional high school seniors apply for the 42 available Boettcher Scholarships. For more information about the Boettcher Scholarship Program, visit

Posted 8/16/2016 11:23 AM
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