Widefield of Dreams
November 2018 WOD ~ Lauren Chappell
Sproul Spartan Lauren Chappell is climbing her way to the top, literally. The seventh grader rock climbs for Team City Rock, ages 7-16, and competes in local and state competitions. Lauren practices three days a week working on technique and strength training. During the last USA competition, Lauren placed 12 out of 40 in her age group. She can boulder a V5 and climb a 5'11 plus. She said rock climbing serves as a positive outlet for exercise and mental health. Lauren enjoys the challenge of having to think critically and problem-solve. Outside the climbing wall, Lauren is active in her school community. She is the manager of Sproul’s cross country team, she is a student ambassador, and is a member of student news. Lauren’s dream is become a professional rock climber and a neurological surgeon.
October 2018 WOD ~ Cassidy Heckathorn
A fourth grade student at Sunrise Elementary is helping victims of Hurricane Florence. Cassidy Heckathorn organized a book drive to donate to schools affected by the hurricane. She got the idea during a writing assignment in which students had to think of a person who needed a book. Cassidy remembered watching the news and seeing the damage at schools in North and South Carolina and decided to write about them. The next day she brought the idea of a book drive to her teacher and has since collected boxes of books to donate. Cassidy’s dream is to continue giving back to the community. She also wants to be an art teacher and teach students how to use recyclables to create art.
September 2018 WOD ~ Erik Hiten
Erik Hiten is a sophomore at Mesa Ridge High School who has shown that determination and perseverance pays off. Last year, Erik went through a rough patch in life and made some poor choices that affected his education and extracurricular activities. Instead of giving up, Erik kept a positive attitude and proved that he could be an exemplary student and role model to his peers. Erik then went on to letter in Choir and Drama, and recently helped the Pride of Mesa Ridge Marching Band achieve first place at the Colorado State Fair. Erik has played the alto sax for three years and said music is his passion. Erik's dream is study music in college and share his knowledge with others.
May 2018 WOD ~ Sean Lockhart
A talented student shines brightly at Janitell Junior High School. Sean Lockhart is an eighth grader with a passion for singing and dancing. He won this year's District 3 Talent Show, showing his dance skills for all. Sean has been dancing for 11 years and is part of Summit Dance Works, where he travels to other states for competition. Sean also made the honor group for the Colorado All State Middle School Choir. Sean is also very involved in school and is always encouraging those around him to do the right thing. His dream is to one day become an entertainer incorporating singing and dance.
April 2018 WOD ~ Daniel & Achilles Evans
Two brothers are wrestling their way to greatness at Venetucci Elementary. Daniel and Achilles Evans, fifth and fourth graders, recently took first place in wrestling.
Daniel took the state title for 86 pounds in the 12 and under division and Achilles took the state title for 90 pounds in the 10 and under division. The brothers practice three days a week and look forward to continuing to grow and compete in the sport. Off the wrestling mat, the boys are champs in school too. Daniel has good grades and loves science. His dream is be an engineer and either play football in the NFL or wrestle in the olympics. Achilles is a straight-A student who loves math and also wants to become an engineer. His dream is play football in the NFL or basketball in the NBA.
March 2018 WOD ~ Miaja Starke
A passionate student is hoping to make a difference in French Elementary. Miaja Starke is a fourth grader who is involved in speech, choir, volleyball, and theater at Pikes Peak Regional Center Stage. She recenelty played Cogsworth for Beauty and the Beast. Outside of her school activities, Miaja strives to make schools a safe environment by speaking out against bullying. She has been raising awareness of an anti-bullying campaign called "Be Good to People." Miaja is motivated to make positive change. Her goal for the anti-bullying program is to create an after-school club for all students and spread supportive messages through announcements at school. Miaja’s dream is to stop bullying and make the world a better place.
February 2018 WOD ~ Kaley Newman
A stellar student-athlete is showing her peers what is means to be a Sproul Spartan. Kaley Newman is an 8th grader who follows "The Spartan Way" with respect, responsibility, and integrity. Kaley is a straight A student who has her eye set on becoming Valedictorian when she graduates high school. She earned “exceeds” on her PARCC tests and said education is very important in her life. Her favorite subjects are math and science. Kaley also plays five sports including softball, volleyball, basketball, tennis, and track. She was nominated by three of her coaches (softball, volleyball, and basketball) for Athlete of the Week at her school. Kaley said she plays sports to stay active, have fun, and learn responsibility. While she admits she is competitive, Kaley said she keeps a positive attitude, win or lose. Kaley’s dream is to play softball in the Olympics, if the sport comes back, and to study interior design at CSU Fort Collins.
January 2018 WOD ~ Damien Reyes
A professional Brazilian Ju-Jitzu (BJJ) fighter walks the halls of Webster Elementary. Fifth grade student Michael "Damien" Reyes is a national champion in the lightweight division. He started ju-jitzu when he was three years old and is currently a yellow-black belt. Damien has competed in three professional fights and recently took first place at the Battle 4 the Ages tournament. Damien is also a wrestler and said both sports give him confidence and allow him to meet new kids. Damien is just as focused in the classroom. He participates, works hard, and is purposeful in everything he does. His future plans include attending Oklahoma State University (OSU) to wrestle and to get a degree in science. Damien’s dream is to send rovers to Mars and of course, fight in the UFC.
December 2017 WOD ~ Ashley Turner
She’s a philanthropist in the making whose love for art led to a fundraiser to help Hurricane Harvey victims. Ashley Turner is a fifth grade student at Widefield Elementary. Her favorite subject is art, and while in class one day, she got the idea to create something that would help students in Houston who lost everything to the hurricane. Ashley said she wanted to help because she was worried the kids wouldn’t have stuff they needed to learn. With the guidance from her art teacher Ms. Katie Whatley and the help of Art Club and Link Crew, Ashley and friends made colorful tiles coasters and magnetic bottle caps. The school sold some of the items at its Fall Carnival and will sell more at the Tree Lighting on Dec. 5 at Widefield Parks and Recreation. Ashley’s dream is to be a businesswoman. She wants to own a veterinarian clinic and host fundraising events to help animals. She already has the name of her business, “All Animals Wishes Come True (A.A.W.C.T.)” Way to dream big Ashley!
November 2017 WOD ~ Patrick Medina
Football and basketball season are extremely busy for Patrick Medina. He is constantly running around on the field and court, traveling to and from games, and making sure his teammates are ready to play. Patrick, sophomore at Widefield High School, is the manager for both teams. His duties include everything from assisting referees to getting the coach and players what they need during practice and on game day. He became the manager for both teams last year and plans to hold that position until he graduates in 2020. Patrick is also training as a student athletic trainer to better support his teammates. Patrick said being a team manager gives him confidence and helps him make friends. He gets to be involved with sports and still gets that team bonding experience. Patrick’s dream is to be a team manager and athletic trainer for the Denver Broncos.
October 2017 WOD ~ Aiden Meacham
Lucky for us, skates are not allowed in school or we would never see Aiden Meacham.
Aiden is a fifth grader at French Elementary and a local speed skater, both inline and ice skating. Aiden found his calling as a skater when he was pursuing hockey. He joined a learn-to- skate program and met a speed skating coach. Since then he was placed in the top three of several regional, state, and national competitions, and he is currently training for indoor regionals. Aiden said skating is important to him because it keeps him healthy and fit, it’s fun, and he gets to travel and meet people. Aiden’s dream is to skate in the Junior Olympics and when he is of age, the Olympics. He also wants to be a speed skating coach for kids when he grows up.
September 2017 WOD~ Malachi Clark
Malachi Clark, freshman at WHS, is proving you can do anything you put your mind too. Malachi has a form of cerebral palsy that makes his muscles tight and prevents his brain from sending signals to his legs. He has had three surgeries on this lower body to improve his balance. Despite physical challenges, Malachi plays sports just like everyone else. He has played sled hockey for the past four years with a local team and just recently started playing with a wheelchair basketball league out of Denver. Malachi said he wants to be a detective when he grows up, but more importantly, his dream is to inspire other disabled people and encourage them to follow their dreams.
September 2017 WOD~ Teagan Keeler
Meet Teagan Keeler! She’s a sophomore at Widefield High School who spends all her free time fostering puppies. In the past three years, Teagan has fostered more than 200 dogs! She volunteers with Mile High Lab Mission out of Denver. Her latest rescue of puppies came from Houston, Texas where Hurricane Harvey recently hit. Dozens of puppies were lost or left behind during the floods. Teagan took in seven puppies and will be helping them find forever homes soon. Teagan said she loves making people’s lives happier by adding a furry family member. Her dream is to continue rescuing puppies as a hobby, and to help people by becoming a school psychologist or English teacher.
May 2017 WOD~ Shaelynn Williams
After spending a month in the hospital and rehabilitation, Conor returned to school continuing ROTC and wrestling. While he may not be on the mat, he is still a part of the team taking pictures. Conor continues outpatient rehab once a week. His “Plan B” is to attend Pikes Peak Community College and transfer to UCCS to major in chemistry and minor in biology. His dream is to become a neurologist and study rehabilitation.
Shaienne Knox is a rising star Mesa Ridge high school. Besides being involved in marching band, KMRG, National Honor Society, and cheerleading, she can now add “award-winning filmmaker” to her resume. During the summer Shaienne completed a fellowship with the Youth Documentary Academy. She was selected to attend YDA at the Bemis Arts School for a six week, intensive workshop on filmmaking.
Shaienne's film “OUT OF OUR HEADS” explores the variety of hairstyles that African American girls wear, the commodification of black hair, the pressure to straighten and conform to white standards of beauty, and the role of hair in a political movement of change. Her film won the 'Excellent Experimental or Documentary Film' and 'Young Filmmaker' awards by the Pikes Peak Arts Council on October 4.
Shaienne's documentary will screen on October 26 at the Fine Arts Center.
For more information on the event visit: http://www.youthdocumentary.org/2016-yda-premiere-announced/
It’s a mix of the saxophone, accordion, bajo sexto (12 string bass) and drums. Wesley comes from a long line of musicians including his brother, father, and grandpa. His brother inspired him to play an instrument and taught him how to play the saxophone. La Nueva Lealtad is based out of Denver and performs all over Colorado and surrounding states. Most recently, the band played at the Colorado State Fair. Wesley practices at least 10 hours a week, along with his school work and working part-time at KFC. Wesley plans to pursue his music career after graduation and to one day make it big!
Micahel Westberg may not be the youngest Eagle Scout ever, but he is pretty close. At just 13-years-old this Watson Junior High seventh grader has earned the highest honor of Eagle Scout, which is pretty rare. The typical age to earn the rank of Eagle is 17 or 18 years old. Scouts must earn a total of 21 merit badges of which 10 are required, provide leadership to their unit for six months after earning their Life Rank, and plan, develop, and give leadership that benefits a religious institution, a school, or a community organization. Michael helped rebuild a playground at a local elementary school. Michael’s drive to become an Eagle Scout so young stems from healthy competition with his older brother who earned his Eagle rank before his 14th birthday. Michael says his dream is to become a mechanical engineer and professional soccer player.
Over the summer she took part in a leadership class called Leading Edge through Leadership Pikes Peak. The program is designed to help students make a difference in their community. Kylie was one of 35 students chosen to participate in Colorado Springs.
Her group worked with TESSA, a non-profit organization that helps women and children. Kylie’s group created a video to show parents warning signs of teen abuse. Kylie received a "Community Trustee Award" from TESSA for her hard work and dedication, and got the opportunity to speak to the El Paso County Commissioners and City Council representatives. Kylie says her dream is to become a leader and help other people.