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2017 Boettcher Scholars thank most influential teachers

​Two high school teachers from the Cherry Creek School District were honored for the significant impact they have had on two of Colorado’s top students during The Boettcher Foundation’s 26th Annual Teacher Recognition Awards Program, held Aug. 11 at the Denver Botanic Gardens.

Gibson and HolguinSmoky Hill High School math teacher Adrian Holguin was recognized by 2017 SHHS graduate and Boettcher Scholar Leah Gibson.

“At first I was intimidated by your flamboyant teaching and challenging tests,” Gibson said during the awards program. “But because you share your love for math in your own unparalleled Holguin fashion, I too came to love math.”

In fact, Gibson is now studying Mathematics at Colorado State University.

“Your love for teaching and passion for sharing math with others has inspired my decision to pursue a career in math education,” Gibson said. “I hope one day I can be just as amazing a math teacher as you have been to me.”

Kvietok and ClintonCherokee Trail High School technology teacher Paul Clinton was honored by 2017 CTHS graduate and Boettcher Scholar Henry Kvietok.

“Mr. Clinton is an amazing and inspiring teacher and mentor,” Kvietok said. “He always goes above and beyond for his students. He pushes us to become better people, inspires us to learn new things and to see how we can apply that knowledge.”

Kvietok, who is now studying Technology, Arts and Media Engineering (TAM Engineering) at the University of Colorado at Boulder, said his interactions with Clinton were literally life-changing.

“Mr. Clinton has been integral in convincing me to pursue a degree in engineering. In his classes and the Technology Student Association, I had the chance to develop my leadership style, secure a provisional patent and become industry-certified for computer aided design,” Kvietok said.

Clinton and Holguin are among 42 educators from across Colorado nominated by this year’s 42 Boettcher Scholars.

“Colorado’s kids deserve teachers who are driven and passionate about the work they do,” said Tiffany Anderson, the Boettcher Foundation’s scholarship program director. “The 42 teachers selected by our newest scholars have championed excellence in their classrooms, and we are proud to recognize them for helping our scholars get to where they are today.”

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

Photo credit: Lynn Clark Portraits

Posted 8/29/2017 10:50 AM
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