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Student of the Month


For March 2014



Olivia Engobor accepts Student of the Month honors from the Rotary Club of Castle Rock. With her were, from left, Principal of Castle View High School, James Calhoun, her mother Mel, her father Vince, and Immediate Past President of the club Mike Phibbs.

Olivia Engobor, senior at Castle View High School, has been named the Student of the Month for March by the Rotary Club of Castle Rock.

Engobor has been very active in the theater department at the high school. She has been vice president of the International Thespian Society for the last two years, in the National Honor Society for the 2012-2013 school year, in the French Honor Society for two years, and has worked in the Castle View Theater Company all four years of her high school tenure.

She also has won National Individual Showcase qualification for two consecutive years and has been published in two editions of “Dramatics” magazine for her work in theatrical costumes.

She has done an internship at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and carries a 3.8 grade point average.

In addition, she has completed community service work in the Douglas County community and in November of 2010 completed a mission trip to Africa to help provide healthcare to local villagers.

James Calhoun, principal at Castle View, introduced Engobor to the club and said her passion and dedication to theater and the costume and design needed for productions made her a vital part of the success of the school’s theater program.

He said in many productions Engobor has made all of the costumes and that she is a great leader and respects all students. He said her teachers called her a great asset in any class and that she has the ability to make people in her group understand complex issues.

Engobor grew up in Africa and moved to the United States in 2003. She has attended Castle View High School for four years.

She said she hopes to continue her passion for theater and costume design when she goes to university. She has been accepted at several schools but has not decided which she will attend.


For February 2014



Alexa Lynn Weber has been named the Rotary Club of Castle Rock’s Student of the Month for February. With her at the presentation was, from left, Assistant Principal at Castle View High School Ryan Hollingshead, Weber’s father Kris, her mother Lynn, her sister Holly and Rotary President-elected Judson Mitchell.


Alexa Lynn Weber, senior at Castle View High School, was honored as Rotary Student of the Month for February by the Rotary Club of Castle Rock.

Weber was introduced to the club Feb. 26 by Castle View Assistant Principal Ryan Hollingshead.

Weber is exactly the kind of student the school takes pride in, said Hollingshead. She is very active in all aspect of the school. She is in the National Honor Society, takes Advanced Placement classes, is a varsity tennis player and is in the theater department. Outside the school Weber is a Girl Scout and has completed the highest level of scouting possible, the Gold Award. That is a thing not common to high school students these days, Hollingshead said.

Hollingshead said Weber’s teachers say she is hard working, brings a lot of infectious, positive energy with her and has a passion for learning.

Weber carries a 4.0 GPA and has won an academic letter every year in high school. She also was selected for the Academic All-State First Team in grades nine through 11.

In the community Weber was a volunteer for the Phillip S. Miller Library, the Douglas County Fair and community theater groups.

Weber said perhaps her biggest achievement in community service was an electronic recycling program she started at Larkspur Elementary School. She started the program as a Girl Scout Gold Award project last year and the program continues at the school, now being run by students at the school.

Weber credits her success and her attitude in life to her family and friends.

She said she plans to attend either the University of Nebraska or the University of Missouri at Columbia to study mass media and journalism.



For January 2014



Rotary Club of Castle Rock President Elect Jud Mitchell presents a Student of the Month plaque to Kaylee Crandall. With Kaylee were her parents Lisa and Brad Crandall.


Kaylee Crandall was recently named Rotary Student of the Month for January by the Rotary Club of Castle Rock.

Crandall, a senior at Castle View High School, has been active in her school and community. She has lettered in academics all four years of high school, belongs to the National Honor Society and has won a Certificate of Academic Excellence. Crandall told the club she also is in the National Honor Society in American Sign Language. She said she chose American Sign Language to fulfill the language requirement at school but soon became very interested in the discipline and has now taken every course available and also acts as a tutor.

Crandall carries a 3.69 GPA.

She also has won many awards in her youth and church groups and has spent many hours helping students and teachers at Larkspur Elementary School.

Crandall said the best thing she likes about Castle View High School is the way the school organizes its classes into academies so students can focus on areas of interest.

Crandall said she has applied to several colleges but at this time is leaning toward Metropolitan State University in Denver where she may pursue a degree in Hospitality Management.


For December 2013




With Meagan Traver for the presentation of Student of Month were her mother Katherine and brother Logan. Presenting the award were Principal James Calhoun (left) and Club President Greg Menke (right).



Meagan Traver, Senior at Castle View High School in Castle Rock, has been selected as Student of the Month for December by the Rotary Club of Castle Rock.

Traver is heavily involved in theater and performing arts at the school. She was in the International Thespian Troupe from 2010 to 2014, in student government for four years and in the school choir for three years.

She was chosen as theater student of the year in 2012 and 2013 and visual performing arts student in 2013. She carries a 4.0 grade point average.

James Calhoun, Principal of Castle View High School, presented Traver to the club Dec. 18. He told the club teachers have told him Traver is an outstanding student who carries a rigorous course load, pushes herself to seek constructive feedback, shares her knowledge and becomes a teacher to other students.

He said she also pursues extra curricular work, is a great role model and is dedicated to choir and the performing arts. Calhoun said Traver is a talented singer who has performed in state competition at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs.

Traver told the club production theater is “dear to my heart” and that she loves to sing. She said that as part of her application to performing arts universities she was required to perform a short skit. She said she received callbacks from 25 of the 28 schools she performed for. She said she has not decided which school to attend.



For November 2013


Presenting the Student of the Month award to Angelina Lombardo were, far left, Castle View Principal James Calhoun and Rotary Club President Greg Menke. Lombardo’s mother Linda joined the presentation.


Angelina Lombardo, Senior at Castle View High School in Castle Rock, has been selected as Student of the Month for November by the Rotary Club of Castle Rock.

Lombardo was presented the award at the Dec. 18 Rotary club meeting.

Lombardo is a member of the National Honor Society, in student government, ballet and worked on the school newspaper for three years where she has been editor in chief.

She also has won writing awards, the Dartmouth Association Leadership/Academic Award, earned academic lettering and takes a heavy load of Advanced Placement classes. She carries a 4.0 grade point average.

Principal of Castle View, James Calhoun, introduced Lombardo to the club. He said Lombardo’s teachers describe her as a quiet leader who leads by example and steps easily into that role.

Others described her as one who makes people happy and that she has given up a free period to tutor others. Another teacher described Lombardo as one who has a gift for writing, is energetic, magnetic and has a good work ethic.

Lombardo told the club she has applied and been accepted into the University of Massachusetts but has not decided which school she will attend as she has more applications pending.


 For October 2013



Ashlee Lamm accepts the Student of the Month Certificate from Greg Menke, President of the Rotary Club of Castle Rock. With Lamm is her mother Jennifer and James Calhoun, Principal of Castle View High School.?


Ashlee Lamm has been named Student of the Month for October by the Rotary Club of Castle Rock.

Lamm, a new senior at Castle View High School in Castle Rock recently moved to the area from Alaska but has jumped right into school life, said Principal James Calhoun, who introduced Lamm to the club recently.

Lamm has joined the varsity the cheer squad, Calhoun said. Her other activities in school include Key Club, Interact, Student Government, dance and being president of the Nazarene Youth group.

Previously, her community service has included working for an Alaska dog and puppy rescue group and working with her church to aid the homeless by serving meals and visiting with homeless people.

Calhoun said in her short time at Castle View, Lamm has shown she is mature and easy going, but also a perfectionist who is comfortable and confident. He said her teachers say Lamm contributes in her math and science classes, is an integral part of the class and shows concern for others.

Lamm is enrolled in several Advanced Placement classes and has applied to attend the University of Alabama where she wants to study biology. She said she also has an interest in missionary work in Africa.


For September 2013



 Madeline Walden, flanked by her father Charles and her mother Chris, recently accepted a Student of the Month certificate from the Rotary Club of Castle Rock. Also at the presentation were, far left, Castle View High School Assistant Principal Ryan Hollingshead and Rotary club President Greg Menke.



Madeline Walden has been named Student of the Month for September by the Rotary Club of Castle Rock.

Assistant Principal Ryan Hollingshead who introduced her at the Sept. 25 meeting described Walden, a senior at Castle View High School, as an excellent student and a school leader.

Walden ranks number one in her class with a 4.29 grade point average and is involved in the National Honor Society, speech and debate, World Language National Honor Society and Girl Scouts.

In speech and debate, Walden is the captain of the team and last year was a state qualifier. She also is president of the National Honor Society and vice president of the World Language National Honor Society.

Hollingshead said Walden’s teachers described her as inquisitive, hard working, and demanding of her teachers.

Walden, who has focused on math and science at the school, said she is not sure what her future will be. She said she is planning to apply to attend Colorado College in Colorado Springs and the University of Virginia.


District Award to Interact Club



Barbara Dietrick, president of the Castle View High School Interact Club, accepts the Rotary District 5450 award from Rotary Club of Castle Rock Interact liaison Richard Bangs. She was presented the award at a joint meeting between the Interact Club and the Rotary Club of Castle Rock at Castle View High School on May 9.


 New Member Welcomed



New Member Aaron Fort is welcomed by Membership Chair Tom Miller.



Club visits Soaring Hawk 5th Graders to educate on Constitution


Ed Brewer explains the fine points of the US Constitution to 5th graders at Soaring Hawk Elementary.

Veterans Monument Foundation Receives Donation




Ed Brewer, President, presents donation to Warrant Officer Bob Rotruck


July 20, 2011 - Today the Rotary Club of Castle Rock presented a donation of $1,000 to the Douglas County Veterans Monument Foundation.


The monument will honor all military veterans, both those who still live and those who gave the last full measure of devotion to defend our liberty and our beloved country.  It will be a special place for individuals and families to gather, honor and remember those who have died.  It will be a public gathering place to honor all our living veterans.




Club News .......



New Member, Mayur Bisani, getting his red badge from Fred Slick, our Membership Chair.



Al Wonstolen, left, and President Elect Judson Mitchell, right, present a check to Karie Erickson of the non-profit Neighbor Network. The organization helps coordinate home healthcare for seniors




Club Membership Chair Fred Slick, left, and President Elect Judson Mitchell, right, welcome new member Joe Schmitt to the Rotary Club of Castle Rock.





Fred Slick, Membership Chair awards blue badges to Elaine Love and Harry Schaffer.





Membership chair Fred Slick, left, presents blue badges to Matt Whaley and Mark Marlowe.

Annual Scholarships Awarded



Mia Dortch accepts her Arthur Brewer Memorial Scholarship check from Rotary Scholarship Committee Chair Ken Konkel as her mother Tamaris looks on.



Catherine Dietrick accepts her Arthur Brewer Memorial Scholarship check from Rotary Scholarship Committee Chair Ken Konkel as her mother Mary looks on.


For the Task Force



Suzanne Green, Executive Director of the Douglas/Elbert Task Force, is presented a check for $3000 by Mike Phibbs, President Castle Rock Rotary.


Banner Exchange



Roy Schutter, Cecile Schutter, grandparents of Devyn Snowhawk and Rotary members from Arizona exchange banners with Mike Phibbs.  Devyn was chosen as a Rotary exchange student to Italy by Castle Rock Rotary.




Congressman Cory Gardner - Guest Speaker



Congressman Corey Gardner spoke at the April 2012 meeting of Castle Rock Rotary. Pictured with president Ed Brewer.



Rotary Funds Local Charities




Executive Director of Sky Cliff Center in Castle Rock Dan Novak accepts a check from Rotary Club of Castle Rock President Ed Brewer. Novak said the check would help with renovations of the center.


Paul Harris Fellow Award Recipients


Paul Harris Fellow recognition was created in memory of Paul Harris, the founder of Rotary as a way to show appreciation for contributions to the Foundation's charitable and educational program. A Paul Harris Fellow is an individual who contributes $1,000 or in whose name that amount is contributed. Every Paul Harris Fellow receives a pin, medallion and a certificate when he or she becomes a Fellow. This identifies the Paul Harris Fellow as an advocate of the Foundation's goals of world peace and international understanding.




Mike Phibbs receives his award from Ed Brewer, President.



Greg Menke, Foundation Chair presents Paul Harris Award to Paul Eakins.



Jerry Krupp.  Multiple Paul Harris.



Ron Zurroff.



Jerry Lionetti.



Gordon Allott.


 Club Takes Delivery of Trailer



Pictured above Rotarians Les Hauck, Fred Slick(Chili Master), and Dave Rowland at the recent Chili cook-off sponsored by CP Rotary.  Fred garnered a 3rd place in the contest and Rotary Club of Castle Rock got to show off our brand new trailer.








Rich Bangs presents a plaque naming lastyears Student of the Month awards to Cheryl Myhra, Dean of Students.



President of Interact Barb Dietrick accepts a check from club President Ed Brewer for their share of   2011 Ducky Derby ticket sales.







         Rotary 2013-2014


Greg Menke - President Castle Rock Rotary