Friend School alumnus, Ian A, Class of 2016, and his rock band, Potato Francis, will be performing on Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 12pm, at the Youth Music Festival “Dia-De-La-Musica” at Herman’s Hideaway in Denver. They are the youngest band competing at the festival, and the only one composing their own material! Click here for information.
President Obama's executive order Tuesday (1/5/16) aimed at reducing gun violence also encouraged the development of so-called smart guns that require verified fingerprints to be used. "If we can set it up so you can't unlock your phone unless you've got the right fingerprint, why can't we do the same thing for our guns?" Obama said. This happens to be the very technology that our own Kai Kloepfer (Friends' School Class of 2008) is working on and plans to bring to market soon! See more at: http://www.cpr.org/…/obama-embraces-smart-gun-technology-bo…
When third grader Cameron K went to the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington DC in May 2015, he was the youngest speller, and only third grader in the field of 285 spellers to attend! Cameron made it to the quarter finals and was interviewed by ESPN and local Channel 7 News.
Renee Underhill, Friends’ School Graduating Class of 2006 and currently a sophomore at George Washington University, is participating in launching a mentorship program for local girls in the Southwest D.C. area. Renee is a member of the University’s Women’s Leadership Program which was approached by the national organization “WYSE” (Women and Youth Supporting Each Other) last spring about creating a chapter at GWU.
Lucy Briggs, (Friends' Graduating Class of 2008) is making a big difference by doing a very little thing. A little house, that is. As part of a nationwide trend, Lucy is building her own "tiny house" that she hopes to take to college. Read the article here.
Check out Gabi Ury’s TEDX Talk "What's Wrong With Me? Absolutely Nothing!" Gabi, (Friends’ Graduating Class of 2009) received a STANDING OVATION for her talk at the TEDX SanDiego event last November! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDbN8R6Gb6Q
Jennifer Sherwood (Friends' Graduating Class of 2000) was recently published in the Huffington Post for her article on the damaging health consequences of reinstating the Global Gag Rule. Jenny, a graduate of Rollins College and Johns Hopkins University, currently works as a Public Policy Fellow at amfAR and dedicates her time to developing policy briefs on the distinct needs of women in the HIV epidemic. Read the article and more about Jenny here.
Kai Kloepfer, (Friends’ Graduating Class of 2008), has been selected to speak at the TEDxMileHigh: CONVERGENCE conference on Saturday, September 13, 1:30-6:30pm. Kai, a senior at Fairview High School, has a passion for engineering, and has worked for the last three years to make our world safer by developing smart firearm technology to reduce gun violence.
Alumni from the Friends' School Graduating Class of 2007 were honored at this year's Silver & Gold ceremony yesterday. The Alumni Association sponsored a get together afterwards for the group who were joined by their families, their 5th grade teacher Janice Cooper and their intern Sky King. A huge thank you to the alumni and their families for taking the time to come back to be a part of their elementary school community. It was wonderful to see everyone. Have a fun filled summer!
Congratulations to Michael Hansen, (Friends’ School Class of 2007), who was one of 6 recipients statewide to receive a 2014 Junior Achievement Inspiration Scholarship Award. At age 16, Michael had already experienced success as an entrepreneur. On the first day of its launch, Michael’s iPhone app Finish was the #1 productivity app in the Apple App Store. Since its launch, the award-winning app has been used more than one million times and has been featured on national news outlets including Fox, MSNBC, Bloomberg and Forbes.
Congratulations to Teddy Schoenfeld (Friends' Graduating Class of 2012), on his success in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Teddy tied for 47th place out of 281 national spellers. Read the article here.
Congratulations to third grader Quinn K, and Friends’ School alumni Lucas Kiefer (Friends’ Graduating Class of 2011), Jack Kiefer and Cameron Hoeffler (Friends’ Graduating Class of 2013). As members of the Rocky Mountain Pi-rates, they won the “Middle School Division Programming Skills ‘World Champion’ Award”, the “Build Award”, and “Teamwork Finalist Award” at last weekend's VEX Robotics World Championships in Anaheim, California. Congratulations!
Gabi Ury (Friends’ School Graduating Class of 2009), has DOUBLED THE OFFICIAL WORLD RECORD for a woman planking, raising money for Children's Hospital and earning her an appearance on Good Morning America on 4/24. The record was 40 minutes and 1 second and was set by a Boise, Idaho mother of five, Eva Bulzomi. Apparently Bulzomi unofficially smashed her own record last month with a time of 1 hour, five minutes and 18 seconds.
Congratulations to Friends’ fifth grade Destination Imagination team who took 7th place in the state Destination Imagination tournament on Saturday at CU Denver! Their challenge, which was to design and build equipment to detect and remove hidden objects from randomly selected team-provided containers, was in the top 50% of participants their age doing the technical challenge.
Daniel Haarburger (Friends' Graduating Class of 2003), graduated as Class Valedictorian at Boulder High School and was accepted into both Harvard and Stanford. He decided on Stanford and, in 2011, launched one of his first entrepreneurial designs "Wingstand" into the market place. “Wingstand” continues to be a popular item sold in over 60 countries. His most recent endeavor is a product, “HandleBand” – a universal smartphone bar mount - to help people use their technology to be more active. A few months later, the device became a smash hit raising over $120,000 and nearly ten times its goal on crowdfunding site, Kickstarter. The “HandleBand” is a universal smartphone bicycle bar mount that provides secure attachment and instant access to almost any device.
Kai Kloepfer (Friends' Graduating Class of 2008), placed 1st in Engineering - Electrical and Mechanical at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair with his project “Biometric Electromechanical Firearm Safety”. He invented and built a mechanism using a fingerprint sensor to control the firing system of a firearm.
Aaron “Sam” Kennedy (Friends' Graduating Class of 2006), was recognized as the Outstanding Science Student of the Year in 2012 at Fairview High School. He received 3rd place in Medicine and Health for his project "Comparison Analysis of the Just Right Surgical Vessel Sealing Device to the Ligasure Vessel Sealing Device". The project involved evaluating two systems used in surgery for ligating blood vessels and comparing seal time and device temperature during use.
David Sherwood (Friends' Graduating Class of 2006), was accepted into the Massachusetts Institute of Technology after graduating from Fairview High School. During the summer of his freshman year at MIT, he worked in the Cube Satellite lab at CU testing satellite sensors. David is also a filmmaker. He has won first place in the short film competition at the Boulder International Film Festival for 3 consecutive years in the student category.
Congratulations to Flora Quinby, (Friends’ Graduating Class of 2007), who was accepted into NASA’s Wish Program. NASA gives high school junior girls from across the United States an opportunity to jump-start their future by participating in their Women In STEM High School (WISH) Aerospace Scholars program.
Congratulations to Maya Nakauchi-Hawn (Friends' Graduating Class of 2009), whose art is featured as a part of the High School Art Show at the Rodeo Market Community Art Gallery (3915 W 73rd Avenue, Westminster). Maya is a Freshman at Boulder High School. See more of the art show on Facebook.
Zoe Benson (Friends' Graduating Class of 2008), was accepted into the five week summer program at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. In addition, Zoe has two songs on iTunes and a video available on YouTube. Zoe is a Sophomore at Fairview High School, has studied at the Wildflower School of Voice in Boulder, and has performed solo musical theatre and pop songs at several local venues. Congratulations, Zoe!
Michael Hansen (Friends’ Graduating Class of 2007) and his classmate, Ryan Orbuch, both juniors at Boulder High School, just launched their first app, Finish for iPhone. Designed mostly for procrastinators, Finish is a task/to do manager aimed at helping people get organized, prioritize, and complete tasks. When grappling with how to keep track of all that’s required of busy high schoolers, these young men saw a need and filled it by creating a tool that would be useful to anyone who juggles too many things at once. The app began selling on the iTunes App Store on January 16. Read more here. Congratulations, Michael!
Congratulations to Henry Huettel (Friends’ Graduating Class of 2006). Henry was goalie for the Boulder High School Panthers who won the 5A State Soccer Championship on Monday, November 12, 2012. Boulder defeated Smoky Hill 3 -1. Read more here.
Congratulations to Allison V. (Friends' Graduating Class of 2006), who was selected to the All American Dance Team and will dance next month in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. In addition, Allison is Captain of the Fairview High Poms and will lead her team at the National Championships in Orlando in February.
Bianca Griffith (Friends' Graduating Class of 2001), is the Executive Director of the non-profit organization, Sante Natural (www.santenatural.org) and helps organize the CLEAN TECH challenge in London as well as the GREEN Africa conference in West Africa (www.greenafricaconference.com). Bianca is presently living in London and going to school at University College London (UCL). She's returning to Boulder next week for part of the summer and will be one of the featuredTEDxYouth@MileHi speakers on June 1 in Denver. The TEDxYouth event is open to 12-22 year olds for free.
Meghan Haines (Friends' Graduating Class of 2007), is going to the national level competition of National History Day at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD in June. The theme for this year’s competition is "Revolution, Reaction, Reform in History." Meghan and her team were one of four entries in the group exhibit category that Fairview High School sent to the Regional level in March, where they took first place in their category with their project on the Space Race and the Cold War. In May, the team advanced to the State level and received first place there as well. Meghan and her team are one of two entries for the group exhibit category representing Colorado at Nationals. Congratulations and good luck to Meghan and her team!
Phoebe Norman (Friends’ Graduating Class of 2011), has been nominated and chosen to attend the 2012 Innovation Academy for a Smarter Planet this coming July. Innovation Academy is a summer program designed in partnership with IBM that is taught collaboratively by St. Vrain Valley School District educators, IBM employees, and CU Engineering Fellows. Middle school students entering grades 6th and 7th work in highly interactive and collaborative learning environments on various community-related issues from IBM's "Smarter Planet" initiatives in the areas of energy, communication, cities, commerce, and public safety. Students get the opportunity to work directly with agencies, non-profits, businesses, professors, scientists, and engineers as they inquire into sustainable and innovative solutions to self-selected topics. Phoebe is one of 6 students chosen to represent Sunset Middle School this summer.
Alexander Stark (Friends' Graduating Class of 2005), has received a full merit SAIC Distinguished Scholar Scholarship to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Back in 2005, Alex gave a memorable speech to the Friends' community at his 5th grade graduation. Soon thereafter, his life was forever changed by a life-threatening illness. Last weekend he spoke again at the Boulder High School graduation ceremony, where he graduated from high school. Alex's art has appeared in many art shows and has received numerous awards including the Rick Sinner Award and Boulder High’s Phoenix Award. Alex's artwork is currently on display through July 7 at Niwot's Manifest Art Gallery's exhibit, "Brainwashed". Read excerpts from Alex's high school speech and learn more about his incredible story here.
Madison Flewelling, (Friends’ Graduating Class of 2004), recently accepted the Vet Start Program award, from CSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. The Vet Start Program, which chooses up to 5 incoming freshmen each year for this award, supports incoming undergraduates who intend to pursue a degree in Veterinary Medicine, pairing each awardee with a faculty mentor, a pre-veterinary advisor and a more experienced Vet Start student. Each awardee receives a scholarship and summer job offers at CSU’s Veterinary Medical Center. Upon successful completion of the Vet Start program and their undergraduate degree, awardees are guaranteed admission to the highly competitive Professional Veterinary Medicine program. Madison has wanted to be a veterinarian since she first came to Friends’ School, at the age of 3. She has pursued this dream, first volunteering, and then being hired as a Vet Tech Assistant, at Louisville’s Centennial Valley Animal Hospital (CVAH), during her high school freshman year. She has volunteered at the Boulder Valley & Longmont Humane Societies and at other animal hospitals. Madison continues her work at CVAH as well as with a local equine vet and on livestock and horse farms. She looks forward to attending CSU, as a Vet Start student, and ultimately becoming a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. UPDATE 2014: Madison has since successfully completed the Vet Start program and her undergraduate degree, and has gained admission to the highly competitive Professional Veterinary Medicine program.
Shae Bradlina (Friends’ Graduating Class of 2008), a Freshman at Boulder High School, won Best in Show in the Jared Polis Second Congressional District Art Show for her acrylic painting “Anna and Annie”. An Artistic Discovery is an art competition sponsored by the U.S. House of Representatives. Each Congressional district across the nation hosts a district-wide art competition to determine the best piece of artwork from that district to hang in the U.S. Capitol. For her accomplishment, Shae won two round-trip tickets to Washington DC for the ribbon cutting of the National Congressional Art Show in June, where her painting will hang in the US Capitol for the next year. Over 131 students entered the third annual show. Each year a student from Boulder High School has won this competition under the guidance of Shae’s and BHS’s art teacher Virginia Schick, one of this year’s Impact on Education award winners. Congratulations, Shae!
Michael Hansen (Friends' Graduating Class of 2007), a sophomore at Boulder High School, was selected to attend the Future Business Leaders of America's State Leadership Conference in Vail last week. Over 2,000 high school students participated in the three day state conference and competition and Michael placed 4th in the State in the Introduction to Business division. In February, he placed first in both the Personal Finance and Introduction to Business divisions at the FBLA District Competition (the only student from Boulder High School to place first in two business event competitions) which advanced him to the state competition. Congratulations, Michael! UPDATE 2014: In 2013, Michael took 10th place in Business Procedures and in 2014 took 7th place in Personal Finance at the National FBLA Competition.
Taylor F (Friends’ Class of 2010), is ski racing in Japan with The CanAm Team. She is one of seven young ski racers who were selected to represent Canada and the US in the largest youth race in Asia. Goldwin Race, the Japanese company who sponsors this race, invited the racers to attend with Coach Nigel Cooper from Whistler, BC, Canada. The kids are training with the Japanese team and racing at Naeba Resort for what is described as a "friendly" match. The host team has been treating them like rock stars, even giving them bright orange coats as gifts upon their arrival. Congratulations Taylor!
Jenny Sherwood (Friends’ Graduating Class of 2000) has been selected as one of twenty finalists for the Fulbright Program to Turkey. Established in 1946, the Fulbright Program is the international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries. If chosen, Jenny will spend one year in Turkey as a Cultural Liaison and teach American Culture at a Turkish University. Final selections will be made in May. Jenny has also been admitted to study Public Health in the graduate programs at Columbia University, Boston University, George Washington, Harvard, and Johns Hopkins University. Should she be selected for the Fulbright Program, she will defer her graduate studies until the program is complete. Jenny graduated from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, where she majored in Anthropology, minored in Woman's Studies, and played varsity volleyball. She is currently working at the Harbour House, a center for domestic violence, as the outreach coordinator on a grant through Public Allies.
Tayler Bledsoe (Friends’ Graduating Class of 2003), and her Indie band, Antics, has been featured in The Colorado Daily and the Boulder Daily Camera for the recent online release of their current EP. One of the band’s songs, “Temporary We”, is currently being considered for the next Twilight movie. Tayler, who appeared on season 9 of American Idol, performs with her band at local venues, in addition to attending The University of Colorado at Boulder and pursuing a career in sound engineering. Read more about Tayler and her band and listen to her music at anticsmusic.bandcamp.com or on iTunes.
Teddy S. placed 3rd in the 2012 Boulder County Regional Spelling Bee. He successfully spelled through 16 (sixteen) rounds and was the last elementary student in the 2012 Spelling Bee. First and second place were claimed by two thirteen year old middle schoolers. Subsequently, Teddy qualified to participate in the state geography bee. To qualify he had to win our school geography bee and then had to score in the top 100 in the state on a qualifying test. The State Geography Bee will be held on March 30 at the University of Denver. Congratulations, Teddy!
Friends' Alumna, Madison Flewelling (Friends' Graduating Class of 2004) will perform the role of Myrtle Mae in Boulder's Upstart Crow Theatre production of Mary Chase's Harvey (Feb 17&18, 23-26, Mar 1-3 at The Dairy Center for the Arts). Madison, who has been acting since she was a first grader at Friends', has appeared before with Upstart Crow as well as in performances with New Vista High School, The Theater Company of Lafayette and The Longmont Theatre Company. In addition to acting, Madison works as a Veterinary Technician's Assistant at Centennial Valley Animal Hospital and volunteers on a horse farm, a dairy farm, and with an equine veterinarian. Madison has been accepted to the school of biology at CSU and she has also applied to the Vet Start Program which mentors and advises students through their college curriculum and guarantees placement into the veterinarian graduate program.
Brothers Jack (Friends' graduating class of 2005) and Henry (Friends' graduating class of 2006) Huettel made headlines for their prowess on the soccer field this fall. Both brothers play for the Boulder High School Panthers and made the 2011 BoCoPreps.com all-region team. Read more about Henry's unprecedented saves as a freshman goalkeeper on the varsity team and Jack's final year on the team.
Friends' School graduate Madison F (class of 2004) played the part of Lady Basildon in Boulder's Upstart Crow Theatre Company's production of Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband. This was Madison's first performance with The Upstart Crow, however she has been acting since her first play in first grade at Friends' School. Other performances include the roles of Ferdinand in The Tempest, Baptista in New Vista High School's Taming of the Shrew, and The Longmont Theatre Company's Taste of Shakespeare's production of Cymbeline. A senior at New Vista High School in Boulder, Madison also works part time as a Veterinary Technician's Assistant at Centennial Valley Animal Hospital, and hopes to enroll at CSU, to become a veterinarian, herself, one day. Congratulations, Madison!
(Third Grade) - Teddy placed third for his piano performance in the Junior Division of the Parlando School for the Arts Merit Scholarship competition. This competition, which encompassed all musical disciplines was held on April 10, 2010, under the direction of Parlando’s Travis LaBerge. Teddy, who has been playing the piano since he was four years old, auditioned for a panel of judges who awarded his performance with the third place scholarship among 24 performers. As a result, Teddy has been selected to play in the Honors Recital with the other Merit Scholarship winners on Saturday, April 24, at 3:30pm, at Baker’s Piano Studio in Boulder. Additionally, Teddy tied for 9th place in the Boulder Valley School District Spelling Bee for contestants in third through eighth grades.
(Fifth Grade) - Hanna represented Friends’ School well in the Colorado State Geography Bee on Friday, April 9, 2010. Upon winning our Friends’ School Geography Bee this winter, Hannah was one of 100 students from all over Colorado who qualified to submit the written exam to make it to the State Geography Bee. In preparation, Hannah studied extensively on her own and had a few study sessions with our Librarian, deana harragarra waters. It is unusual and quite a feat for a first-time participant to make it to the State level.
Tanner made the J4 Junior Olympic Ski Team in Crested Butte, Colorado on February 21, 2010. He competed with Team Colorado at Winter Park, Colorado on March 17-20, 2010, along with teams from 18 other states.
(Friends’ Graduating Class of 2008) - Zoe organized the “Healing Haiti” benefit which was held at Rembrandt Yard in Boulder on Friday, February 19, 2010. Zoe’s response to the recent devastating earthquake in Haiti was to find a creative way to give to this community in need. The benefit included a silent auction and show where donors who had been contacted by Zoe provided the space, food, drinks, entertainment and silent auction items. In order to get the word out to the community, Zoe created a website, flyers, and an e-vite for the event. The event which benefitted the Colorado Haiti Project raised over $5,000.
Rebecca just completed her first novel, The Four of Us, and is currently looking for a publisher to bring her novel to press. Rebecca, who began work on the piece in ninth grade, completed the 84,000 word narrative during her senior year at Boulder High School. The novel tells the story of a group of friends in Chicago in the 1920s while paralleling a present day story of an Indian girl’s sense of displacement in the United States. Writing is nothing new to Rebecca. She wrote a 50 page fantasy piece while attending third grade at Friends’ School and her second book about immigrants lost en route to American was penned as a fifth grader at Friends’. In addition to finding the right publisher, Rebecca’s next venture is finding a literary agent to represent her. An excerpt from The Four of Us will be published in the March issue of Storidigm, an online literary magazine. To read the first chapter of the novel and to learn more about this Friends’ graduate author, visit Rebecca’s website at rebeccashepard.wordpress.com.