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2014-2015 School Year

  • Congratulations to Megan Adams, an incoming 9th grader, for her hard work and dedication in this summer's Larimer County Fair.  This was Megan's first fair and she showed 3 dairy cows.  She won 6 ribbons and took 1st in the yearling category.  She endured early mornings and late nights caring for her three cows and helping others throughout the day.  She is enrolled in the Lease-A-Dairy program through 4-H. Way to go, Megan!! 
  • A big shout out to Camila Tomasel, a Senior Student  at RMHS, qualified for the 2014 CSSCSA State Swim meet, for 50 and 100 yards free style. 
  • One of our social studies teachers; Ms. Sara Lea recently returned from a study tour to Turkey. In an effort to better teach her students, she toured Turkey for two weeks in order to gain firsthand knowledge of the Turkish culture and its history. This tour was organized by the Turkish Cultural Foundation (TCF), in cooperation with the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA), to build educational and cultural bridges between Turkey and the United States.  48 teachers in two groups were selected to participate in two study tours, which visit Istanbul, Gelibolu (Gallipoli) and Troy, Canakkale, Bursa, Kusadasi, Pamukkale, Konya and Catalhoyuk, Cappadocia and Ankara. Throughout the tour, the teachers had the chance to learn about world-famous cultural, archaeological, architectural and natural sites of Turkey and meet with experts, educators and representatives of Turkish civil society. With this summer’s study tours, over 500 teachers from across the United States will have visited Turkey under this program.  Ms. Lea has created some exciting lesson plans from her trip and is excited to share her adventures with her students and colleagues. 
  • Great job to Jessica Block-10th grader for winning the youth grand prize from a contest she entered on a website called In this contest, she needed to create a video where she defined a word and used it in a sentence in under a minute. Over 30 kids entered, and in July, she won the youth grand prize from the contest ($1000.00)!  She is very talented and interested in writing, acting, directing and editing in the field of film.  She will be using her prize money to purchase a badge to go to SXSW Film in March of 2015.  This is a huge convention in Austin, Texas.  This is a link to Project Ed showing her as their youth grand prize winner! Here is a link to just the video:   
  • Over the summer, junior Austin Johnson spent some time reporting for the weekly newspaper, The Fairplay Flume, in Park County, Colo. The Flume published Austin’s weather and accident photos as well as two stories that he wrote. The newspaper has nominated one of his stories about a donkey that assisted humans in the early 1900s for Best Headline of 2014 in the Colorado Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest. You can read, “Before there was plumbing there was a pancake-powered donkey” at:
  • Congratulations to the Rocky Dance team on their earned invitation to complete in the Universal Dance Team Association National Competition!
  • Freshman, Carly Bowles, competed at the national baton twirling competition at Notre Dame University this July.  A now 'former' member of The Rocky Mountain Golden Girls Baton Academy earned top ten medals in four dance twirl and 1/2 time show team events.
  • Congratulations to our Lobo of the Month: October

    9th Grade - Dylan Myers
    10th Grade - Michael VanderMeer
    11th Grade – Rena Matsuura
    12th – Alex Sitzman
    Staff – Technology – Miguel Sanchez and Chloe Gluklick
  • The Speech and Debate team went to Greeley Central High School to compete in the first Novice competition of the season – what a great way to start the year! Please congratulate the following individuals:
  • Jace Fulton and Nathan Ciraula - Public Forum Debate, 2nd place (and they won all three of their rounds!).
  • Nick AmRhein - Lincoln Douglas Debate. Although he did not place, he bravely debated on despite a computer that went caput in the middle of a round. He won his final round!
  • Logan Haas – Extemporaneous Speaking, 1st place
  • Alli Gunther – Extemporaneous Speaking, 2nd place
  • Nikolay Anishenko  – Extemporaneous Speaking, 3rd place
  • Lauren Schaffer and Macki Johnson – Duo Interpretation, 4th place
  • Maya Wimberger – Poetry, 4th place
  • Senior Cameron Morgan bowled in the Colorado State Youth Bowling Tournament in May 2014. This is a scratch bowling tournament. His team received 2nd place with a 2182, 8th in Doubles, 10th in Singles and 3rd in All Events.  He averaged 180 for 9 games.  There were over 500 kids from around the state participating in this tournament in Lakewood, CO. There is money awarded in scholarships for student to use when they go to college.     Congratulations Cameron. 
  • Congrats to the 2013-14 Rocky Mountain Highlighter was named a NSPA Pacemaker Finalist, meaning it is considered one of the top 74 high school newspapers/newsmagazines in the country. (  This is a big deal... in the world of scholastic journalism. The award is promoted as the Pulitzer of high school journalism.

2013-2014 School Year

  • Congratulations to our Lobo of the Month Students and Staff for the month of MARCH
9th grade:  Tre Garnett
10th grade: No nominations
11th grade: Bronwyn Meldrum
12th grade:  Michael Zeidler
Staff: Sharon Moddelmog
  • Congratulations to ACE teacher, Kim Nigro, who was awarded a grant for $2000 for a School Garden. This grant was awarded to her from the Whole Kids Foundation. They created the School Garden Grant Program in partnership with FoodCorps to provide a $2,000 monetary grant to fund school gardens and related activities.​​
  • Congratulations to the following students who participated in the Science Bowl state competition in Littleton on March 1st.  The competition included 48 teams from across the state.  In the round robin competition there were four teams out of 48 that were undefeated. Rocky’s Team One was one of the four!  Both Team 1 and Team 2 made it to the double elimination rounds and represented Rocky phenomenally.  For additional information on the competition and the results from Saturday, see the link:
Selyne Tibbetts-Pagan
Andy Pettinger
Dennis Shi
Derek Holland
John Kim
Alex Krehbiel
Alexa Nickoloff
Frankie Caballero
Kyle Moore
  • Well done to the Unified Basketball getting 1st place in their division at the Northeast Regional Tournament on Feb. 22 at UNC! Go LOBOS!
  • Please congratulate the following students on their success at the Northern Colorado Mock Trial competition. They placed second out of 11 teams and will compete at the state level in March. 
Plaintiff Attorneys
Mary Muffly
Kiana Gonzales
Patrick Lyell
Plaintiff Witnesses:
Bjorn Swenson
Dylan Thompson
Natalie Graves
Defense Attorneys
Andrew Ciraula
Natalie Graves
Ellen Field
Defense Witnesses:
Mackenzie Garske
Jade Johnson
Kendrick Seen
  • Please congratulate Selena Wellington on receiving Honorable Mention recognition from the prestigious Gold Key Scholastic Writing Award competition. Selena was the only high school student in the city to receive recognition for her work! 
  • Kate Hite, dancing with High Country Conservatory of Dance at the February Hall of Fame competition, received a First place platinum award for her duet with Frankie Angell.  Kate and Frankie also received the competitions entertainment award for the Senior solo and duet division as well as placing third overall. 
  • Rocky had some stellar athletes compete at the Simplot Track and Field Games in February at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho. It was a National meet (including athletes from Canada and Mexico) and there were over 1900 athletes competing. Carly Lester and Alivia Ayres-Perry along with their teammates each brought home 2 gold medals in the 4x200 and Medley relays.  Carly Lester placed 7th in the 60m hurdles and Alivia Ayres-Perry placed 14th in the 60m. David Messerli also placed 19th in the 1600m. 
  • Congratulations to National Merit Scholarship Finalists Catherine Giesenhagen, Logan Newman, and Emma Rieb.  About 1.5 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state.
  • Please congratulate the students listed below who were finalists and national qualifiers at the DECA State Conference on February 23-25. Over 2,700 students competed at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs and national qualifiers have the opportunity to compete May 3-6 in Atlanta. 
Student                                Event   
Bonertz, Marissa                   Community Service Project                         Finalist
Chen, Donald                        Creative Marketing Project                          Finalist
DeBord, Maddi                      Entrepreneurship Written                            Finalist
Diderkson, Daniel                  Sports & Ent. Promotion Plan                     Finalist
Erickson, Cameron                Sports & Ent. Promotion Plan                     Finalist
Fitzgerald, Mic                      Entrepreneurship Participating                     Finalist
Garske, Mackenzie               Entrepreneurship Written                             Finalist
Gonzales,Kiana                    Principles of Marketing                                Finalist
Granger-Frye, Isabelle           Apparel & Accessories                                National Qualifier
                                           Sports & Ent. Operations                             Finalist
Guinn, Russell                      Creative Marketing Project                           Finalist
Knostman, Noel                    Community Service Project                          Finalist
Long,Tommy                         Principles of Bus. Management                   Honorable Mention
Loucks, Kiara                       Growing Your Own Business                        National Qualifier
Murphy,Ryan                        Advertising Campaign                                  Finalist
Oliver, Micheli                       International Business Plan                          Finalist
Pineda, Daniela                    International Business Plan                          Finalist
Robins, Helen                      Sports and Ent. Operations                          Finalist
                                          Marketing Management                                Finalist
Sexton,Caleb                      Accounting                                                  National Qualifier
Short, Angelina                   International Business Plan                           Finalist
Tegethoff, Julia                   Sports & Ent. Operations                               Finalist
Torres, Gabby                    Community Service Project                            Finalist
Wang, Ashlin                     Business Service Mktg                                  Honorable Mention
Zorigian, Colin                    Entrepreneurship Written                               Finalist
  • On behalf of the RMHS Administrative Team and the RMHS Department Leaders, please congratulate Aaron Knobloch as the 2014 Certified Honor Staff selected by the Admin Team and the Department Leaders!  Aaron will join the other Honor Staff members, Julie Rickett, Officer Matt Johnson, and Dustin Noden in this year’s graduation activities.
  • Please give a howl to the RMHS Science Olympiad teams! We finished 4th and 8th overall at the Northern Regional Competition on Saturday. Between the 2 teams we had 12 medals and will be taking both teams to the state competition in April! Thanks for all you do to support our scientists!
First Name
Last Name
2nd Boom Leaver
3rd Water Quality
2nd Boom Leaver
3rd Water quality
3rd Chem Lab
1st Entomology
1st Entomology,
2nd Forensics,
3rd Disease Detectives
2nd Write it do it
2nd Astronomy,
3rd Designer Genes,
2nd Write it do it
2nd Astronomy,
3rd Designer Genes
2nd Forensics,
3rd Disease Detectives
3rd Chem Lab
1st Astronomy,
3rd Circuit Lab,
3rd Tech Problem solving
3rd Tech Problem solving
1st Astronomy,
3rd Circuit Lab
2nd boom Leaver


  • Congratulations to Evan Hummel's (ceramics) and Kyla Box's (photo portfolio) whose work is being forwarded on to the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for judging.  Kyla Box also had her work selected to be part of an exhibition at the Denver Art Museum, March 7-April 4
  • 32 students represented RMHS for National History Day this year. The Regional competition was held at UNC on Saturday, March 1st. Seven students advanced to the State competition which will be held at the CU Denver, Auraria Campus on Saturday, May 3rd. The following students have advanced to the State competition:
  • Catherine Bruning - Individual Performance, "The Civil War Takeaway: A Tale of Two Brothers"
  • Mark Rockwood - Individiaul Documentary, "Mormon Migration"
  • William Brauch - Individual Website, "Jazz & Civil Rights"
  • Heidi Shortreed - Paper, "Post-American Revolutionary Women"
  • Meaghan-Claire Harville - Paper, "Cuban Missile Crisis"
  • Mark Steininger - Paper, "Neo-Confucianism: Rights & Responsibilities"
  • Neville Hyllegard - Individual Exhibit, "Russia and the U.S. Civil War"
  • Congratulations Knowledge Bowl 2013-2014! The RMHS Knowledge Bowl Team is continuing to grow in skill and in size.  We just finished up a great regular season, finishing fourth in our league.  Thank you, Knowledge Bowl Members, for all of your hard work! Congratulations to Dennis Shi, who was selected as the RMHS Knowledge Bowl MVP 2013-2014.  Dennis was chosen as MVP by his fellow team members, and staff co-sponsors heartily agree with this recognition. Special thanks to Dennis Shi and Kyle Johnson, who have served as Knowledge Bowl officers for the last two years.  You have set a great example for your team mates! We will be sending top teams to regionals and districts before the end of the school year. Please see Mrs. Pourbaix or Mr. Crosby if you are interested in participating in Knowledge Bowl next year!  We will be looking to build our team further and promote new officers.
  • The speech and debate team had another strong showing at last weekend's regional tournament. 17 Lobos qualified for state, the most of any of the 21 regional schools. Please congratulate the following Rocky competitors who will now represent Rocky at the State Speech and Debate Tournament March 21-22 at Valor Christian High School.
Public Forum Debate
Annika Gustafson/Noah Fogelberg
Leina Hutchinson/Brendan Giesey
Lincoln Douglas Debate
Bethany Calahan
International Extemporaneous Speaking
Theo Champ (top qualifier)
Austin Harley
Bjorn Swenson (first alternate)
National Extemporaneous Speaking
Sammie Leo
Duo Interp
Dani Harton/Bradley Calahan
Lydia Funke/Elijah George
Dramatic Interp
Dylan Price (top qualifier)
Humorous Interp
Cole Mendell (top qualifier)
Kelly Pollard
Val Sonnenberg
Poetry Interp
Katie Winkelman
  • Great job to the following Rocky students that competed on February 15th at the Lincoln Center in the Fort Collins Stars of Tomorrow talent show and in the high school division.  Out of the 5 high school acts that were selected, 4 of the acts that performed were students that go to Rocky Mountain HS!
1.       Rachel Morley, Haylie Patrick & Katherine Walter
2.       Mary Sue Thompson
3.       McKinley Abbitt
4.       James Reed & Gary Chitwood