Sea Perch Success
On May 13, DCC Middle's Sea Perch Club participated in the local Sea Perch Underwater Robot Competition. The winners are below:
1st place: Team Narwhals (John C., Isaac E., Ali S., and Joshua B.)
2nd place: Jayson A. Logan L., and Chase S.
3rd place: Team Hobehr Guison (Noelle B., Kate G., and Kailey H.)
1st place: Team Nitro-Drones (Caeden C., Henry S., and Noah T.)
2nd place: Team AZ (Amanda M., Zoe S., and Avery T.)
3rd place: Team Triple S Crew (Victoria S., Will S., and Kesslyn S.)
DCMS Jazz Band Debut
Discovery Canyon Middle School's first ever jazz band, assembled and conducted by Mr. Matthews, have reason to be proud after their fantastic performance at the Pikes Peak Jazz Festival! The band received a "Superior" rating from both judges (the highest score level). Listen to their festival performance by clicking here. Congratulations, Jazz Band!
Art Show Accolades
Sienna Guttormson, DCC Middle School 7th graded, won 2nd place in the Concussion Art Show Contest at the D20 district level. She received $125.00 for her efforts. Her poster is also on display at the district office. Congratulations to Sienna!
A big congratulations to DCC Middle 7th grade student Sophia S., who earned two medals in a state gymnastics meet in November. Sophia finished 5th All Around in State, and she placed 1st in Floor with an impressive score of 9.8. Great work, Sophia!
More Musical Honors
We are proud of our music students, especially those who have distinguished themselves by qualifying for special community groups! We have 11 DCC Middle students who made it into 2017 Colorado All State Choirs, a group chosen from students across the state who will be rehearsing an advanced repertoire and performing in February 2017. All State Choir students are: 8th graders Camden G., Kevin C., Genesis A.-C., Betsy B., Bree C., Amber C., Erin D., Isabella F., Paige H., Natasha M., and Nicole M.
We also have the privilege of having 2 DCC Middle students who have made it into the Pikes Peak Middle School Honor Band! This is another amazing honor, and these students have worked very hard to earn it. Congratulations to 8th graders Scott U. and Brice D.
Congratulations to our DCC Middle students who were accepted into the Pikes Peak Middle School Honor Orchestra! Great work, 8th grader Jessie Z. (chosen for Violin 1), 8th grader Michael M. (Violin 2), 7th grader Kathryn C. (Violin 2), and 7th grader Mena S. (Cello). The Honor Orchestra is a competitive group that invites students from across the Pikes Peak region to audition. Our students who made the group should be congratulated for their dedication to practicing and honing their musical skills!
Jazz It Up
Congratulations to DCC Middle 8th grader Brice D., who has been selected to be a member of the Pikes Peak All-City Jazz Band! This is the most competitive honor for the middle school age group in the city, so it is a huge accomplishment. Great playing, Brice, and have fun showing off your skills in the city Jazz Band!
Ticket to Success
Discovery Canyon Middle School 7th grader Shreya K. has been selected to participate in the Mayor's Ticket to Success program for middle schoolers. This City of Colorado Springs program provides a unique leadership opportunity, and it supports one of Mayor Suthers's Spirit of the Springs initiatives to transform city government leadership and grow city leaders for our future. Shreya, along with other students in the program, will visit and learn from city government officials and community leaders to explore and enhance their career opportunities. Congratulations, Shreya!
Spraying the Love
Cousins Ellie W. and Caleb W. got out in the community a few weekends ago to "Spray the Love" at Colorado Springs's What If Festival. Along with their families, Ellie and Caleb, both 7th graders at DCC Middle, ran a booth called Spray the Love where festival-goers could spray-paint a colorful flower on a long stretch of fence. The booth had over 700 of visitors who helped transform the fence into a beautiful and joyful piece of art.
The project started small, in Ellie's own backyard. They wanted to help Ellie's older sister deal with the sad events that happened last year in the DCC community, so they thought of painting a colorful mural on their backyard fence. After they transformed their own fence, they got the idea to go big and share this project with the community at the What If Festival. They reserved space for their booth, and they gratefully accepted a fence donated by Higher Grounds Fencing, as well as paint and other paint supplies donated by Ace's Hardware. And the rest is history!
Ellie and Caleb hope their project has brought a little more joy and happiness into the world; they hope that when people drive by it, they will smile and know that there is a reason to keep trying and keep going even though bad stuff happens. Part of the fence was donated to a local church, and the "LOVE" part is currently at the corner of Sahwatch and Vermijo downtown but it is in need of a permanent home. You can see more of Spray the Love online by checking out their website, www.spraythelove.com. Way to spread the love, Ellie and Caleb!
Soapbox Derby Champ
Jayleen I., a DCC Middle seventh grader, made Colorado proud this past summer by placing 3rd in the All American Soapbox Derby, Masters Division. She qualified for this national race, held in Akron, Ohio, by winning the local Pikes Peak Soapbox Derby races for the past 3 years, each year advancing a level. Her accomplishment this summer has earned her a college scholarship and the pride of having competed and won upon a national--and world--stage. Keep racing, Jayleen!