Thanks for the support
On behalf of ASPIRE Academy High School, I would like to thank Fred and Marla Gartrell, of Genoa Lakes Golf Course, for their generous support of our school. They graciously donated the Supper Club’s banquet room for our first-ever graduation. As a new school, it was our hope to find a place to hold graduation that would honor our seniors and their families. The beauty of Genoa Lakes Golf Course did just that. As over 250 people gathered in the banquet room, filled with flowers, balloons and chocolate fountains, our graduates walked across the stage with pride. Also thanks to Fred and Marla, three of our seniors walked away with $1,000 scholarships. During graduation, in speaking to our students, I said that I have heard that integrity reveals beauty. Well, beauty can be found in Fred and Marla Gartrell. Their humble generosity has touched our hearts.
A great year
How to even begin to recap such an amazing year? We suppose the best way to start is with our first major event of the year: Made in America, the fall homecoming. This week was jam packed with school spirit with crazy costumes, a ballerina dance by James Herrick and Kristina Barnum, and a very serious Wii Tennis match between Dillon Lopez and Kassidy Freitas. The week was topped off by crowning James Herrick and Dakota Boisseau as king and queen during halftime of the homecoming football game. The week, along with most of our activities at the school, couldn’t have been done without the support and donations from the community. Fast forward a couple of months and the Winter Homecoming was upon us. For the theme of this week we decided to go all out Disney. During the week, our pep rally amused the entire school as all grade level nominees performed a creative and humorous choreographed dance to a Disney mash-up. In a standing room only gym, AJ Pfaffenberger and Madeline Strauss were crowned senior king and queen for the winter. Our student section, led by Ambush, carried on the night screaming and cheering for the basketball boys and girls as they came out with wins against Wooster. The next day, the school gathered once again for the homecoming dance. The leadership class transformed our commons into a Disney wonderland and the students danced the night away. Fortunately, this was still only the beginning of a series of events that were planned for the student body of Douglas High School. Next up was our annual Mr. DHS male beauty pageant. Talents ranged from singing, juggling, acrobats, to stand- up comedy. All in all, Marshall McKown stole the hearts of the judges with his fiddling routine and was crowned Mr. DHS 2014 accompanied by Heath Sunseri as Mr. Congeniality. Only a few weeks later, prom was already here. For the first time in over thirty years, Douglas hosted prom in its very own gym. The gym was transformed into a 1920s ballroom. Despite previous doubt, the gym served as an excellent venue as the last dance at the school before upcoming renovations. This year, we were lucky enough to bring a guest speaker that inspired the student body to ask themselves “What’s your legacy?” Mike Smith is the CEO of multiple nonprofit organizations that are dedicated to helping the less fortunate. As Mike told his story, the entire student body was moved by his words. This was the perfect way to start spring break. The last month of school was filled with cramming for multiple AP tests, final exams and of course preparing for graduation. As always, this year wouldn’t have been possible without our generous community and all that they contributed including: The Record-Courier and Carson Valley Times for covering our events, Gourmet Sewing Company for donating tuxes to multiple events, and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office for their incredibly generous donations. Lastly, a special thank you to DHS All Sports Boosters, Rita Borselli and DHS Screenprinting, Jason Berry and custodial staff, Karan Seelbinder, Steve Gustafson, Jim Abbott, Austin Bachman, DHS administration team, DHS staff and student body, DHS senior events committee, Mike Downs and Team Sports Inc., Accolades Trophies and Engraving, Miss Nevada Organization, and A Wildflower Florist. Thank you to everyone who supports Douglas High School, specifically student leadership. DHS continues to be a truly amazing place because of all the people who pledge and act to take care of it. Thank you for another great year and congratulations to the class of 2014.
Katie McCullough, ASB President, Class of 2014
Jake Wartgow, Senior Class President, Class of 2014