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Sheriff awards RCHS principal and neighbor for his work with at-risk youth

Sheriff Tony Spurlock presented RCHS Principal Andy Abner with the Ronald M. King Community Service Award.

By Lisa Nicklanovich; photo courtesy of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office

Rock Canyon High School (RCHS) Principal and Castle Pines resident Andy Abner received the Ronald M. King Community Service Award from Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock on May 11 at an awards ceremony at Cherry Hills Community Church.  Pictured in the background are King’s daughter and granddaughter.

The service award, in honor of Deputy King, was given to Abner for his leadership, dedication and outstanding contribution to youth issues.  Sheriff Spurlock stated  “Principal Andy Abner partnered with the Juvenile Assessment Center (JAC) in implementing new programs for juveniles.   That partnership involves identifying youth in crisis and finding ways to connect their families to the critical resources provided by the JAC, as well as improve communication between families and schools about the issues of concern.  Andy has truly made a positive difference in the lives of students at risk and established a shining example for other school leaders to follow in the future.”

Abner has lived in Castle Pines for four years with his wife Katie and three sons Andrew, Liam and Charlie, who all attend Buffalo Ridge Elementary school.

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