July 2015 Around Town 7


Chaparral Senior Named CHSPA Photographer of the Year

For the second straight year, Chaparral High School’s Maddie Malhotra was named Photographer of the Year by the Colorado High School Press Association.

Malhotra, who is the first to be a repeat winner, served as the editor-in-chief of Chaparral’s yearbook.

According to an article on the Douglas County School District’s website, Chaparral Yearbook Adviser Jeremy Kamm says that choosing Malhotra as this year’s editor-in-chief was one of the easiest decisions he has ever made. And he couldn’t be prouder of this year’s edition of Golden Images.

“In my opinion, although I’m biased, this is the best book that Chaparral has ever produced,” Kamm says. “She was patient and wanted to bring other students up to her level. She set the bar for excellence at Chaparral in terms of what a yearbook can be.”

Ponderosa High School’s Elliott Douglas came in third place.

4th of July in Parker

Parker’s 4th of July celebration – Let Freedom Sing! – is set for 6 to 10 p.m. July 4 at Salisbury Park, 11920 Motsenbocker Road.

The free event is more than just fireworks and music. There are complimentary bounce houses, slides, games, balloon twisting and the new wacky world inflatable, as well as a big slide, climbing wall and human hamster balls.

The entertainment will begin at 6 p.m. with patriotic favorites performed by Rocky Mountain Brassworks, followed at 7 p.m. by Ronnie Raygun & the Big 80s. The fireworks display will begin at 9 p.m.

Some local food will be available, including Old Time Kettle Korn, Swirls frozen yogurt, Snow Business shaved ice, East Coast Italian ice, burgers and dogs, tacos, burritos, and more.

Residents are welcome to bring coolers and picnic items; however, no alcohol, tents or canopies are allowed. Limited parking and handicap accessible parking will be available at Salisbury Park for $5, cash only.

New Book Portrays 
Parker’s Past

It could be called a labor of love. With about 200 photographs of Parker’s past, it definitely was a lot of work. It’s the latest book on Parker’s history: Parker-Images of America.

Written by Parker native Sandra Jane Whelchel, the historical book will educate readers about those often sought-after details about Parker’s history – from the first Native Americans who roamed the area and the early settlers, to the agricultural days filled with community spirit and the loss of Parker High School in 1958, to severe weather and area’s near demise in the 1970s.

“From a town that without a railroad would have died in the 1880s to a town that nearly died in the 1970s, Parker has become a vibrant and thriving community,” Whelchel writes on the last page. “As the adage says, ‘What does not kill you makes you stronger.’”

Whelchel’s book can be purchased at Poor Richards Book Shoppe in Parker or ordered online at ArcadiaPublishing.com.

Rotary Club of Parker 
Scholarship Winners

The Rotary Club of Parker awarded six $1,000 scholarships to students at Chaparral and Ponderosa high schools, based on financial need, extracurricular activities, community service and citizenship, grade-point-average, and an essay about Rotary International’s motto, “Service Above Self.” The 2015 winners were:

Chaparral High School:

Laura Ton , who is ranked 43rd in her class and will attend the University of Colorado, Boulder, majoring in engineering.

Korinna Barrett, who is ranked 46th in her class and will attend the University of Wyoming. She is active in DECA, the National Honor Society, Link Crew, and serves as a tutor in her school.

Haleigh Stewart, who is ranked 57th in her class and will go to the University of San Diego majoring in marketing 
and communications.

Ponderosa High School:

Ian Hendrick, who is 37th in his class and will attend the Colorado School of Mines.

William Caine, ranked 73rd in his class and going to the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, majoring in sports management and finance.

Joanna Pollen, ranked 16th in her class and attending Colorado State University, majoring in meteorology.

Chamber Scholarship Winners

The Parker Area Chamber of Commerce announced that it awarded four $1,500 scholarships this year, thanks to the generous contributions from Chamber members.

Thirty-four students from Chaparral, Legend, Lutheran and Ponderosa high schools applied for the scholarships, which were awarded to:

Legend High School’s Christopher Lewis, who will be attending Colorado State University; Chaparral’s Haleigh Stewart, who will attend the University of San Diego; and Chaparral’s Sydney Nelson and Lindsey Whittington, who will both continue their educations at Colorado School of Mines.

Daniels Scholarship Goes to Chaparral Senior

Devin Reasoner of Chaparral High School was recently awarded a scholarship from the Daniels Scholarship Program for exceptional character, leadership and a commitment to serving the communities. The scholarship helps pay the costs of tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and miscellaneous educational expenses.

Parker Area Chamber 
Honors Tait with Jim 
Adkins Award

Tim Tait of Lifestyle Kitchen and Bath was recently awarded the Parker Area Chamber of Commerce’s Jim Adkins Award.

The annual award honors a local business owner for his or her community service as demonstrated through leadership in community organizations and the successful completion of projects in the Parker community and beyond.

Tait joined the Chamber in 2000 and has been involved ever since, as a board member, Cornerstone member, and chairman and co-chair of various committees. He also has participated with Town planning activities and is a strong supporter of the local Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Debbie Jackson Memorial Scholarship Foundation.

Mark the Date

The Kids’ TRY-athlon is scheduled for Aug. 15 at the Parker Recreation Center.

This community event, held annually by the Parker Parks and Recreation Department, is geared for children ages 6 to 12. Surrounded by cheering family and friends, more than 100 boys and girls of all ability levels will test their skills in three events: swimming, biking and running. This event is all about fun, not competition.

Businesses and organizations can gain recognition and show community support by becoming an event sponsor. For information about those opportunities, visit ParkerRec.com/KidsTRYSponsor or contact Jaime Vollertsen at jvollertsen@parkeronline.org or 303.805.3267. Event information can be found at ParkerRec.com/KidsTRY.

High School Students of the Month

The Rotary Club of Parker recently honored Mackenzie Millar and Ali Zarrini as its May Students of the Month from Ponderosa and Chaparral, respectively.

Millar is active in sports and excels in soccer and track, earning four varsity letters. He also finds time for community service by helping the elderly, tutoring students and working with Project Outreach. He will attend Colorado State University in the fall, majoring in business and graphic design.

At Chaparral, Zarrini was enrolled in six Advance Placement classes, is a member of the National Society, FBLA and the Chess Club. Ali is also active in sports as a member of the cross country and swimming teams. Ali will be attending the Colorado School of Mines in the fall.

Kam Breitenbach Honored for Rotary Contributions

Parker’s Kam Breitenbach recently won two Rotary District 5450 Awards – the Alana James Diversity Award and Edward A. Bemis Award.

She received the Alana James Diversity Award from the Rotary Club of LoDo for her work founding and advising the Rotary Community Corps of Parker, a club for developmentally disabled teens and adults that now has 57 members.

The Edward A. Bemis award was given to her from the Rotary Club of Littleton for the Best Communication in the District. She serves as editor of the Lamplighter weekly newsletter and updates both the website and Facebook pages for the Rotary Club of Parker.