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High Line Canal Trail ranks in the nation’s top 10

By CPC | June 1, 2022
A trail sign showing the intersection of High Line Canal Trail, Centennial Link Trail, and Big Cry Creek Trail in deKoevend Park in Centennial.

The High Line Canal (HLC) Trail was voted #9 in USA TODAY’s “Reader’s Choice Best Recreational Trail” in 2022. This trail in our backyard has a surprising history and vast scope. At more than 70 miles long, it runs through the most populous part of Colorado, from Waterton Canyon in Douglas County, then east nearly…

Johnny’s Ambassadors –

By CPC | June 1, 2022

A mom’s mission to educate about marijuana It’s been two and a half years since Johnny died; he was just 19 years old. The pain and grief are still raw and palpable for his mom, Laura Stack. Stack’s son was a typical kid growing up in Highlands Ranch. He ran cross country and track, played…

Day Trippin’ – Colorado Waterfalls

By CPC | June 1, 2022
view of Bridal Veil Falls in Telluride.

According to the United States Geological Survey, there are 81 waterfalls in Colorado that have names, along with numerous unnamed others throughout the state. Many of the falls are fed by high mountain snow melt, so spring and early summer are the best time to witness these gems. A few are highlighted below: Agnes Vaille…

Husband and wife are a music teaching duo

By CPC | June 1, 2022
Photo of The Dale family – Ben, Julia, Charlie and Ellie

Julia and Ben Dale share their love of music with their students at Rock Canyon High School (RCHS). Julia is the director of vocal music and her husband, Ben, is the orchestra director. “We share some students, and they are constantly surprised that we are married based on how completely opposite our teaching styles are,”…

A tale of two families: the Beeman-Duncan Ranch

By CPC | June 1, 2022

One sees something of a mess on the southwest corner of State Highways 105 and 67 in Sedalia. Bad news. Abandoned property, right? Where are the bulldozers? Only old-timers know that the parcel embodies epic stories of two families, their fabric deeply woven into Sedalia’s rich history. Born in Canandaigua, New York, in 1833, restless…

Asparagus pasta – light lemony

By CPC | June 1, 2022

– so nice you will eat it twice It’s June. In Colorado, that designation is almost meaningless – more than once I’ve bundled up in a winter gear to head out to a last day of school party or outdoor graduation ceremony. Still, this time of year, I get a hankering for the lighter flavors…

Soaring to new culinary heights at DIA

By CPC | June 1, 2022

No one wants to hang out at the airport, but sometimes because of layovers, missed flights, or just long security lines, a few hours in the terminal is in the cards. Luckily, at Denver International Airport (DIA), staying around a while might not be too taxing. In fact, your taste buds just might thank you…

The Ups and Downs of Change

By CPC | June 1, 2022

There are many things I don’t know about life, but there’s one I absolutely do. It’s full of change in both ways we really want and others we undoubtedly don’t. One of the biggest unwelcome changes everyone must face is when a loved one passes away. The sudden absence of someone truly meaningful shifts the…

Roxy Rocks

By CPC | June 1, 2022
Photo of Roxy, toy poodle

Roxy is a 3-year-old, 16-pound miniature sheepadoodle that is full of pounce and fluff. A cross between a miniature poodle and an Old English sheepdog, Roxy is very smart, playful and loving. On average, full-grown mini sheepadoodles weigh between 24 and 44 pounds, and Roxy’s unusually small size makes her the perfect portable dog for…

An artist with a humanitarian heart

By CPC | June 1, 2022
Photo of Katie D’Arcangelo with the family puppy, Fiver.

Sedalia resident Katie D’Arcangelo has seen the transformative power of art in her work in prisons and in working with families and children who are healing from abuse and neglect. She has also experienced it personally as an artist herself. “I’ve seen the magic that happens when people make art,” D’Arcangelo said. “It’s the simplest,…

Coming from a long line of educators

By CPC | June 1, 2022
Photo of Erika Tinker (left), along with daughters, Saige (13) and Sienna (15)

Education is Erika Tinker’s heritage. Growing up in a family with parents, a grandmother, and a great-grandmother who were teachers – and today, her brother, mother-in-law and sister-in-law are also teachers, there is no doubt Tinker embodies the spirit of education. As a young child, Tinker had an incredible life-changing experience when she lived in…

Journey to optimal health

By CPC | June 1, 2022
Photo of Resident Nancy Knudson with her husband, Jason.

By Lisa Nicklanovich; photo courtesy of Nancy Knudson Resident Nancy Knudson has gone through a health journey that began with chronic illnesses and depression. Through much research, learning and experimenting, Knudson is now healthy and on a mission to educate and help others with the message that being healthy can be affordable and attainable. Knudson…

Sunscreen every day may keep the doctor away

By CPC | June 1, 2022

Colorado is one of the sunniest states, so practicing sun safety is important all year, especially heading into the summer months. Basal cell skin cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed, and is on the rise. Diane Shepard, a licensed esthetician at Castle Pines Skincare said, “I personally practice preventative measures such as avoiding sun…

New law is a green light for cyclists

By CPC | June 1, 2022

Governor Jared Polis signed a new law in April giving cyclists more leeway at intersections. The “Colorado Safety Stop” allows bikers to yield at a stop sign or red light and then turn right (or left on a one-way street) without coming to a full stop. The law also applies to electric scooters, e-bikes and…

Bike to Work Day

By CPC | June 1, 2022

Colorado Department of Transportation’s Bike to Work Day is scheduled for Wednesday, June 22. Set a reminder to get some exercise by starting the workday early and riding your bike to work. If your job is too far away, consider loading a bike on your car and park some distance from work, then jump on…

Topgolf fundraiser

By CPC | June 1, 2022

To learn about Rotary Club of Castle Pines, visit Photos by Terri Wiebold and courtesy of Blair Gifford

BMW Championship returns to Colorado

By CPC | June 1, 2022

On May 11, Castle Pines Golf Club announced it will host the 2024 BMW Championship, a tournament featuring the top 70 PGA Tour players vying to earn one of 30 final spots in the season-ending championship and the chance to be crowned FedExCup Champion. It has been almost a decade since the BMW Championship was…

Historic Elephant Rock crosses the finish line

By CPC | June 1, 2022
Photo of Elephant Rock cyclists enjoy the beauty of Colorado

Dating back 35 years, the sunrise to sunset Elephant Rock (ER) bike ride drew thousands of recreational and competitive cyclists over the years and is one of Colorado’s oldest cycling events. This year is the final year for the ride, the last year for cyclists to wind down country roads with breathtaking views, as the…

RCHS girls soccer team – repeat champions

By CPC | June 1, 2022
Photo of RCHS Soccer Team 2022

The Rock Canyon High School (RCHS) girls soccer team finished another stellar regular season this year with a win over Arvada West High School in the final game, a record of 14-1 and the Continental League championship. Going into state playoffs, RCHS girls are ranked 7th. The Lady Jags varsity team went on to lose…

PROM 2022

By CPC | June 1, 2022
Prom 2022

In April, Rock Canyon High School had its junior/senior prom at Infinity Park in Denver, followed by the traditional “After-Prom” party, which was a resounding success. The event was held at the high school, and 1,000 students attended the safe, late-night fun with entertainment that included poker tables, raffles, a bouncy castle, a slide on…

BRE students were ninja warriors for a day

By CPC | June 1, 2022
Photo of BRE Aiden B. concentrates on the swinging bars

Buffalo Ridge Elementary (BRE) students pushed their physical limits when PE teacher Kelli Weinrich, better known as “Coach W.,” brought Ninja Nation to the school. She saw the enthusiasm students showed when she set up a smaller version in the gym last year and knew they would love something larger. Ninja Nation Centennial rents a…

The majesty of mountains

By CPC | June 1, 2022
Photo of American Academy – Castle Pines students at the Elwha River

American Academy (AA) – Castle Pines eighth grade students joined AA – Parker campuses for a week in Olympic National Park, located in the foothills of the Pacific Northwest’s majestic Olympic Mountains. Students studied environmental science through a variety of firsthand learning experiences in a new setting. They examined the diverse environment of the Park’s…

Fun-filled field day

By CPC | June 1, 2022
Photo of Timber Trail Field Day

It was another successful field day at Timber Trail Elementary (TTE). Students showed their Timberwolves class pride through active outdoor field activities, including obstacle courses and a student favorite, the Timber Trail run. Parents, grandparents and volunteers enjoyed watching the kids celebrate the school year with outdoor fun. By Julie Matuszewski; photo courtesy of Linda…

RHMS library: A book battleground

By CPC | June 1, 2022
Photo: Left to right): Camden L., Aidan S., Nithya P., William L., and Sumanth K.

Rocky Heights Middle School (RHMS) students recently concluded their Battle of the Books season. The 48 participating students divided themselves into 12 teams of 3-5 students per team. Three RHMS teams tied for third place at the end of regular battles, with the top two teams advancing to the district competition. The RHMS teams finished…

Spring athletic scholarship signings

By CPC | June 1, 2022

Castle View High School Coach Mark Burfeind said, “I loved coaching Arianna this season.  She was the player who was always asking how she could improve, and she would also stay after practice to work on aspects of her game.” Lutheran High School Coach Scott Horman said, “Luke is a tremendous leader and hard worker…

Outdoor Ed; fifth grade rite of passage

By CPC | June 1, 2022
Photo of Timber Trail Elementary at Outdoor Ed 2022

Located at 6,800 feet nestled in a canyon along Rampart Range, Stone Canyon Outdoor EdVentures served as the perfect environment for both Buffalo Ridge Elementary (BRE) and Timber Trail Elementary (TTE) fifth grade students’ outdoor learning experience. Stone Canyon OutdoorEd is a rite of passage for fifth grade students, and the highlight of the school…

CORE poster winner gives back

By CPC | June 1, 2022
Photo of Ethan L.’s winning first grade poster.

CORE Electric Cooperative held a poster contest in May for “National Electrical Safety Month.” The contest was open to elementary school students, grades first through fifth, in the Douglas County School District. Two cash prizes were given for each grade winner. The students each received a check for $100 and then chose a teacher at…

Timber Trail book worms take the 40-book challenge

By CPC | June 1, 2022

The Timber Trail Elementary librarian offered students a 40-book reading challenge during this past school year. The goal was to read 40 books from various genres ranging from fiction and fantasy to history. Books had to meet the genre requirements but could be read in any order and accomplished via listening to audio books or…

Welcome to DCS Montessori circus

By CPC | June 1, 2022
Photo of students of DCS Montessori

The circus came to town and stopped to visit DCS Montessori (DCSM) friends and families. Circus Olympus, a play written by Lindsay Price, tells Greek stories and myths through different circus-theme characters. Seventh and eighth grade students enjoyed dressing and playing circus roles as a part of their dinner theater presentation. The show was complete…

The Music Man – from New York to Parker

By CPC | June 1, 2022

American Academy (AA) performing arts students recently took a trip to the Big Apple to participate in a workshop presented by Hugh Jackman’s understudy. After practicing The Music Man’s “Seventy-Six Trombones” on the stages of Radio City Music Hall, the AA actors and stage crew came home well prepared for their own live performance of…

Commission postpones first vote on pickleball courts

By CPC | May 27, 2022
Photo of proposed Coyote Ridge Park pickleball courts

The first step toward approval of pickleball courts in Coyote Ridge Park was delayed to give adjacent homeowners a chance to comment on the project. The City of Castle Pines Planning Commission voted 6-1 on April 28 to postpone a vote to replace the existing skate park in Coyote Ridge Park with five pickleball courts…

Behind the Badge: Douglas County Search and Rescue

By CPC | May 1, 2022

Douglas County Search and Rescue (DCSAR) will soon add more than a dozen new fielded members. Currently DCSAR has about 50 trained volunteers. They come from many professional backgrounds, including engineering, management, sales, legal, aerospace and construction. Each year, DCSAR holds training September through May; it is rigorous work and covers a wide variety of…

Housing Development Boom Marches On

By CPC | May 1, 2022

Residential development is continuing to boom in the 80108 ZIP code and its outskirts, and the proof is all around us. Significant progress has been made on The Townes at Skyline Ridge, a project that consists of 187 townhomes about a quarter-mile south of Castle Pines Parkway, between Lagae Road and I-25. The townhomes, as…

Critical Tool for Wildfire Response

By CPC | May 1, 2022

The Board of County Commissioners committed more than $1.3 million to the County’s 2022 wildland fire aerial firefighting contracts, ensuring air support in Douglas County is available at a moment’s notice in the event of a wildfire. This is the largest investment in aerial support in the County’s history and one of the largest by…

Slash and Mulch Sites Open – Mitigate Wildfire Risk

By CPC | May 1, 2022

Spring has arrived and for many yard work, the raking, trimming and removing dead growth from landscaping is well underway. With the increased awareness of wildfire threats this year, many residents are choosing to re-imagine landscaping choices, removing tree limbs, shrubs and brush completely from landscape designs – in addition to the typical spring cleanup.…

CDOT Begins Work on Wildlife Fencing

By CPC | May 1, 2022

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has started work along the I-25 corridor installing wildlife fencing. Work will include concrete panel rehabilitation, deer guard installations and wildlife fencing construction. The project work zone will be along northbound and southbound I-25 from E. Wolfensberger Road in Castle Rock to Lincoln Avenue near Lone Tree. Crews will…

A Salt-of-the-Earth Renaissance Man

By CPC | May 1, 2022

  Nick Ainsworth is an insurance agent, business owner and the quintessential Renaissance man. Under the banner of State Farm Insurance, Ainsworth hung out his shingle on Village Square Lane in January 2020 and the fledgling business has already garnered success. No surprise, Ainsworth’s history equates to an admirable work ethic, love for family and…

Welcome Therapeutic Massage

By CPC | May 1, 2022

Article and photo by Julie Matuszewski Therapeutic Massage studio will open its doors in early May in the Village Square in Castle Pines. Owner Jade Spurr is an entrepreneur and educator, and she is enthusiastic about helping people heal. Spurr selected Castle Pines for her new studio, as she loves the small town feel and…

Answering the Call to Fire Service

By CPC | May 1, 2022

Growing up with parents in the medical field, Bryce Stutler knew early on that his calling would be similar. From a young age, he envisioned working as an emergency room nurse. Although his path would pivot along the way, he never wavered from his desire to help people in their darkest days. Bryce graduated from…

Unclaimed Assets May Await You

By CPC | May 1, 2022

Now that tax season is in the rearview mirror, it’s time to check off one last item on the financial to-do list – looking for unclaimed assets. Unclaimed assets could include anything from property to cold hard cash. Sometimes it might be a safety deposit box, a remaining credit on a closed utility account, an…

A Living History in the Heart of Highlands Ranch

By CPC | May 1, 2022

  In the heart of Highlands Ranch, abreast almost 50 acres, sits a hidden gem, the Highlands Ranch Mansion & Historic Park. More than 100 years of living history is palpable in this majestic 27,000-square-foot castle, grounds and gardens. The views are also remarkable. From the second story veranda, the visitor experiences the trifecta –…

Remember, Honor, and Celebrate on Memorial Day

By CPC | May 1, 2022

While enjoying the Memorial Day holiday weekend with family and friends – whether hiking, barbecuing, mowing the lawn or just relaxing – remember why this holiday is very significant. It is a time to stop and think about the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military, protecting our freedom. In remembrance,…

Argentina: A Feast by Any Standard

By CPC | May 1, 2022

For many, Argentina is complicated. It is the eighth largest nation in the world, with many notable events and rulers – Juan and Eva “Evita” Peron, the Falklands War and national debt defaults. Yet she is one of the richest agricultural nations on the globe and has a national majesty of mountains and plains that…

Farmers Markets – Fresh and Fun

By CPC | May 1, 2022

Springtime brings warm weather, blooming flowers and farmers market season. Markets have evolved into community social events for families, friends and the growers. Fresh vegetables, fruit, baked goodies, flowers, plants, honey and beverages are a few of the items available. Shop for farm-fresh seasonal produce while wandering through markets chatting with the vendors and farmers…

Tweet Kimball’s Memorial Garden

By CPC | May 1, 2022

Tweet Kimball loved Cherokee Ranch & Castle; after her death, she never left.  Tweet worked with Diarmid Campbell, a landscape architect, and together they designed a memorial garden near the Castle as her final resting place. Construction on the memorial garden began around Tweet’s death in 1999, but the planning was completed well before.  The…

Day Trippin’ to Roxborough State Park

By CPC | May 1, 2022

Just west of Castle Pines, Roxborough State Park sits nestled into the foothills. The park is nearly 4,000 acres of dramatic landscape. It’s a liminal space – where prairie meets vivid red rock mountains. The land previously known as Washington Park – because of a rock formation resembling George Washington’s profile – has served a…

Bridging the Political Divide

By CPC | May 1, 2022

Dennis Smith has a gift for bringing people together. A fourth generation Coloradan, he cares deeply about the state as well as local communities and the country at large. He believes that how people treat each other matters – and it matters a lot. Smith, who is a retired CPA, grew up in Jefferson County…

From Woodhouses Come Bricks

By CPC | May 1, 2022

  Sheffield, England, long a center of heavy industry, was the home of James Woodhouse, born in 1843. There, he worked in a foundry and was a master brickmaker. No shrinking violet, James boxed professionally in the bare-knuckled era. He had 100 fights to his credit and no defeats. Imbued with extraordinary energy, he found…

Loving Abby

By CPC | May 1, 2022

The poodle may be the national dog of France, however, the breed originated as a duck hunter in Germany where the word “pudelin” refers to splashing in water. Since their retrieving water days, the poodle has become a circus performer, a frequent dog show winner, a guide dog, as well as a loving pet for…

Scrambling for Eggs in Castle Pines

By CPC | May 1, 2022

At the first hint of spring, hundreds of residents of all ages joined at The Ridge at Castle Pines driving range for the annual Egg Scramble event. The Easter Bunny was on hand for photo opportunities, and complimentary coffee and donuts were served. More than 8,000 colorful eggs were filled with treats, and those who…

Let’s Toast

By CPC | May 1, 2022
Graphic of Thoroughly Modern Manners

Let us consider the “toast” as it relates to celebrating, the traditional take and the new way. Toasting with alcohol is a tradition rooted in superstition, dating back to the Ancient Greeks. But the rule that insists that those who do not drink must still raise a glass containing alcohol must go. A toast is…

How Brunch Became an American Staple

By CPC | May 1, 2022

Chances are good that a majority of the U.S. population has sat down for brunch at one time or another, but how many have sat and thought about the origins of the late-morning meal? The word “brunch” – coined in the late 19th century – quite obviously smashes the words “breakfast” and “lunch” together, although…

Taquitos That Are a Breath of Fresh Air

By CPC | May 1, 2022

Since I can remember, I have loved having a new toy. I have lived half a century, and I still get excited when I open a box, painstakingly unpack some new treasure, and take it out for a whirl. I get toys for all the parts of my house, but of course my favorite gadgets…

Voila! Finally, A Stamp Inheritance Solution

By CPC | May 1, 2022

Tucked away in South Denver is an extraordinary resource, a godsend for baby boomers with inherited stamp collections gathering dust. If, after a loved one passed away, you inherited the stamp albums, a pile of books, stock sheets, boxes of loose stamps and whatever else he or she collected with perforations and you are at…

Greatest Joy

By CPC | May 1, 2022

One of Maura Ridder’s greatest joys in life is the relationships she has built with the children, their families and the staff at STEM School Highlands Ranch (SSHR). Not a day goes by where Ridder does not get excited to go to school. Ridder was not always a teacher. Her mother, a college professor, told…

The Little Things

By CPC | May 1, 2022

In the early 90s, when McDonald’s, not Starbucks, was on every street corner and fanny packs were a thing, my husband and I met while working in downtown Chicago. We were both living in the big city right out of college on a collision course with adulthood – young, full of dreams, and broke. Back…

Enjoying “Country Life” While Studying Together

By CPC | May 1, 2022

Michelle Zotos’ family was one of the first families to put down roots in Surrey Ridge Estates over forty years ago when it was fields, flowers and open space. “I remember the old, abandoned farmhouse by the windmill north of Surrey Ridge and Heather Drive that burned down in the early 1980s,” she recalled. “It…

Mush: An Opportunity of a Lifetime

By CPC | May 1, 2022

“It was cold, but so worth it,” stated Sydney Martin, a senior at Valor Christian High School, who volunteered in Nome, Alaska during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The Iditarod Trail is roughly 1,000 miles long, beginning in Anchorage and ending in the Bering Sea town of Nome. In 1925, the Iditarod Trail captured…

Did You Know 2022 Will Be the Last Year for Elephant Rock?

By CPC | May 1, 2022

The Castle Pines Connection wants to celebrate one of the state’s longest standing cycling traditions and share your stories. Please email editor@castlepinesconnection if you are planning on riding this year. Courtesy Photos By  

Victory in Missouri

By CPC | May 1, 2022

The Colorado Rangers 14U baseball team won first place in their bracket at the “Can of Corn Classic” tournament in Branson, Missouri, last month. The players hail from Parker, Castle Pines, Castle Rock, Elizabeth and Denver and each boy received a championship ring. By Hollen Wheeler; courtesy photos

Wake Up to Cold Water Therapy

By CPC | May 1, 2022

Cold water therapy has been used as a means of muscle recovery for years, but recent attention has been given to cold water plunging for many other health benefits. Whether it’s a polar plunge in icy waters or a brisk shower in the morning or post-workout, cold water immersion is becoming a way for many…

Working with Special Needs Students is a Family Affair

By CPC | May 1, 2022

Jerome Price has a passion for working with special needs students and athletes. “It’s very rewarding. They show you love. They’re always happy to see you,” said Price. His passion started at a young age while growing up in San Diego, California. Price remembers people making fun of his cousin, who had Prader-Willi syndrome. As…

Congratulations to the 80108 Class of 2022!

By CPC | May 1, 2022

CASTLE VIEW HIGH SCHOOL Estrella Borroel Hernandez Kate Cejudo Valdez Diana Chavez Castro Alyssa Claypool Arianna DiMartino Cooper Dyer Keyvan Gholipoursani Cameron Gladstone McKenna Gonzalez Jacob Guillory Phoenix Hamster Emma Harris Dylan Hettinger Chance Huddleston Antoneo Ibarra Dianna Lucy Nicholson Abigael Marquez Nomar Moreno Ethan Nicholas Corah O’Laughlin Michael Perry Elizabeth Riedel David Rivera Grimaldo…

RCHS Counselor Wins Top DCSD Apple Award

By CPC | May 1, 2022

Mike Sullivan has been a high school counselor with the Douglas County School District (DCSD) for nearly two decades. This year, he was recognized with the District’s top honor at the Apple Awards: Secondary Educator of the Year. The Apple Awards “honor exceptional DCSD educators and staff who are inspiring a love of learning in…

School District Seeks Volunteers For Mill Bond Oversight Committee

By CPC | May 1, 2022

The Douglas County School District (DCSD) is seeking volunteers to fill six empty seats on the District’s Mill Bond Oversight Ad Hoc Committee (MBOC). The MBOC is currently accepting applications for: One (1) Safety and Security Representative One (1) Licensed Educator-Secondary Representative Two (2) Parent/Community Members Region: Highlands Ranch One (1) Licensed Educator-Elementary Representative One…

RHMS Spring Musical Warms Audience’s Hearts

By CPC | May 1, 2022

Rocky Heights Middle school (RHMS) drama students didn’t hold back in their recent spring musical performances of Frozen Jr. The performers followed Elsa’s advice for their acting inhibitions and “let it go.” Their hard work, practice and stage presence paid off. Drama staff at RHMS is actively working to build the department and interest in…

BRE Fifth Grade Show Rocks the ’80s

By CPC | May 1, 2022

The annual fifth grade show at Buffalo Ridge Elementary (BRE) was back this year, and it was worth the wait. Fifth grade students rocked leg warmers, neon and crimped hair for performances of their 1980s montage: ‘80s Blast to the Past. BRE staff and parents grooved in their seats while the kids sang rock and…

Broadway Stars

By CPC | May 1, 2022

Students from all three American Academy (AA) campus performing arts programs experienced unique hands-on learning when they took a trip to New York City. The trip allowed students to not only explore the City, but they were also able to go behind the scenes at Radio City Music Hall and explore areas outside of their…

DCS Montessori United Nations International Day

By CPC | May 1, 2022

DSC Montessori (DCSM) teachers and assistants joined the lower elementary classrooms in the United Nations International Day celebration by wearing traditional outfits of their respective country. In preparation for the celebration, classrooms began their assigned continent studies in the second semester where they learned about different countries, cultures, food, places to visit and more. Each…

Spring Fling

By CPC | May 1, 2022

Timber Trail Elementary students celebrated the joys of spring with their annual Daddy/Daughter Dance. Students and their dates who attended the Spring Fling theme dance enjoyed various activities, treats and dancing to the greatest hits.     By Julie Matuszewski; photos courtesy of Jessica Bird and Shawna Prewett

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