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Eleventh-grader Robert Fernandez, 17, accepts an award May 12 during the 2015 Athletic Awards Ceremony at Vista Ridge High School. Fernandez lettered in track, football and basketball. He is also tied for the all-time leading receptions at the high school.

Eleventh-grader Robert Fernandez, accepts an award May 12 during the 2015 Athletic Awards Ceremony at Vista Ridge High School. Fernandez lettered in track, football and basketball. He is also tied for the all-time leading receptions at the high school.

Twelfth-graders sign letters of intent Feb. 4 during National Signing Day at Falcon High School. The student athletes thanked their friends, family and Falcon High School staff for their support and encouragement. Coaches also spoke about each student's character and leadership skills, wishing them success in their future academic and athletic careers.

Twelfth-graders sign letters of intent Feb. 4 during National Signing Day at Falcon High School. The student athletes thanked their friends, family and Falcon High School staff for their support and encouragement. Coaches also spoke about each student's character and leadership skills, wishing them success in their future academic and athletic careers.

Eleventh grader Anthony Hansen, 16, and 10th grader Siera Chavez, 15, exit a cafeteria wearing matching outfits during Spirit Week activities Sept. 19 at Falcon High School in Falcon School District 49. Throughout the week leading to homecoming, students are supporting clothing theme days, including neon, class color, superhero, twin and whiteout. During tomorrow's homecoming game, the Falcons will take on the Rams from Rampart High School Football in Academy School District 20.

Eleventh grader Anthony Hansen, 16, and 10th grader Siera Chavez, 15, exit a cafeteria wearing matching outfits during Spirit Week activities Sept. 19 at Falcon High School in Falcon School District 49. Throughout the week leading to homecoming, students are supporting clothing theme days, including neon, class color, superhero, twin and whiteout. During tomorrow's homecoming game, the Falcons will take on the Rams from Rampart High School Football in Academy School District 20.

Second graders Natalie Dodson, 8, and Kensington Smith, 7, sing a duo as part of patriotic music performances Nov. 14 at Evans International Elementary School in Falcon School District 49. The school's students, families and faculty had gathered for a tribute to Veterans Day, which included lively musical presentations, an Army soldier's re-enlistment oath and a soldier's message from Afghanistan to his seven-year-old daughter.

Second graders Natalie Dodson, 8, and Kensington Smith, 7, sing a duo as part of patriotic music performances Nov. 14 at Evans International Elementary School in Falcon School District 49. The school's students, families and faculty had gathered for a tribute to Veterans Day, which included lively musical presentations, an Army soldier's re-enlistment oath and a soldier's message from Afghanistan to his seven-year-old daughter.

Second graders perform a patriotic song Nov. 14 at Evans International Elementary School in Falcon School District 49. The school's students, families and faculty had gathered for a tribute to Veterans Day, which included lively musical presentations, an Army soldier's re-enlistment oath and a soldier's message from Afghanistan to his seven-year-old daughter.

Second graders perform a patriotic song Nov. 14 at Evans International Elementary School in Falcon School District 49. The school's students, families and faculty had gathered for a tribute to Veterans Day, which included lively musical presentations, an Army soldier's re-enlistment oath and a soldier's message from Afghanistan to his seven-year-old daughter.

Amelia Hamilton, 7, tosses a shaving cream pie at Megan Whited, 17, Harrison High School twelfth grader, Aug. 25, during the Waldo Canyon Fire Relief Benefit Bash at Sand Creek High School in Falcon School District 49. Dozens of students from six area high schools coordinated the carnival-like fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. They raised roughly $3,000 for two local funds: Waldo Canyon Fire Victim Assistance Fund and the Waldo Canyon Fire Fighters Fund.

Amelia Hamilton, 7, tosses a shaving cream pie at Megan Whited, 17, Harrison High School twelfth grader, Aug. 25, during the Waldo Canyon Fire Relief Benefit Bash at Sand Creek High School in Falcon School District 49. Dozens of students from six area high schools coordinated the carnival-like fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. They raised roughly $3,000 for two local funds: Waldo Canyon Fire Victim Assistance Fund and the Waldo Canyon Fire Fighters Fund.

Meridian Ranch Elementary School fourth grader Brayden Hall, 9, races during a boys 4-by-100-meter relay event May 16 at Sand Creek High School in Falcon School District 49. More than 300 fourth and fifth graders from nine elementary schools gathered for the 11th annual District 49 track meet. During the daylong athletic activities, they competed in eight events: 100- and 200-meter sprints; 800-meter dash; 4-by-100-meter relay; long jump; shot put; softball throw; and Frisbee toss.

Meridian Ranch Elementary School fourth grader Brayden Hall, 9, races during a boys 4-by-100-meter relay event May 16 at Sand Creek High School in Falcon School District 49. More than 300 fourth and fifth graders from nine elementary schools gathered for the 11th annual District 49 track meet. During the daylong athletic activities, they competed in eight events: 100- and 200-meter sprints; 800-meter dash; 4-by-100-meter relay; long jump; shot put; softball throw; and Frisbee toss.

Dr. Ron Furstenau, a professor of chemistry at the U.S. Air Force Academy, explains frozen carbon dioxide, commonly known as dry ice, during a family science night March 20 at Vista Ridge High School in District 49. Furstenau, who’s also the Cool Science board president, said he travels throughout Colorado Springs to keep science fun for kids.

Dr. Ron Furstenau, a professor of chemistry at the U.S. Air Force Academy, explains frozen carbon dioxide, commonly known as dry ice, during a family science night March 20 at Vista Ridge High School in District 49. Furstenau, who’s also the Cool Science board president, said he travels throughout Colorado Springs to keep science fun for kids.

Remington Elementary School fifth grader Braeden Holcombe, 11, wins a boys 800-meter dash event May 16 at Sand Creek High School in Falcon School District 49. More than 300 fourth and fifth graders from the district's nine elementary schools gathered for the annual track competition. During the daylong athletic activities, they competed in eight events: 100- and 200-meter sprints; 800-meter dash; 4-by-100-meter relay; long jump; shot put; softball throw; and Frisbee toss.

Remington Elementary School fifth grader Braeden Holcombe, 11, wins a boys 800-meter dash event May 16 at Sand Creek High School in Falcon School District 49. More than 300 fourth and fifth graders from the district's nine elementary schools gathered for the annual track competition. During the daylong athletic activities, they competed in eight events: 100- and 200-meter sprints; 800-meter dash; 4-by-100-meter relay; long jump; shot put; softball throw; and Frisbee toss.

Twelfth-grader Amelia Thompson, 17, student body president, rallies excitement during a homecoming assembly Sept. 25 at Falcon High School in District 49. Participation in spirit week surged this year, according Thompson. “The leaders in our school aren’t just in student council,” she said. “The leaders are also in gaming club, and in volleyball and football … and so, by getting their participation, we started a chain reaction from within the different clubs and teams.”

Twelfth-grader Amelia Thompson, 17, student body president, rallies excitement during a homecoming assembly Sept. 25 at Falcon High School in District 49. Participation in spirit week surged this year, according Thompson. “The leaders in our school aren’t just in student council,” she said. “The leaders are also in gaming club, and in volleyball and football … and so, by getting their participation, we started a chain reaction from within the different clubs and teams.”

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