Rachel has been allergic to peanuts and tree nuts her entire life. While it has been a challenge she has not let this interfere with living a full and happy life. She earned the Mariel C. Furlong Award for Making a Difference from (F.A.A.N.) Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network by making a video “The Faces of Food Allergies”. She also created and produced an original play for elementary aged children titled “Blondilocks and the Three Bears”. Rachel graduated from Cherry Creek High School with a 4.3 GPA and earned the highest award in Girl Scouting, the Gold Award. She also participated in other community groups including Hope 4 All, Key Club, and Project Angel Heart. She was active in C.O.L.T. (Creek Outdoor Leadership Training), intramural volleyball, a member of the National Honor Society and French National Honor Society. Rachel is honored to receive the Colorado Allergy Scholarship Award and will be using it to pay for tuition at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.
Sarah graduated from Bear Creek High School as her class valedictorian. She led the Pre-Medical Club and served as a member of the National Honors Society. She also dedicated much of her time to volunteering at The Children’s Hospital in Denver where she played with children and held infants in need of physical contact. As a junior, she worked as a research assistant in molecular biology at the University of Colorado at Denver. For several years, Sarah has also been learning to play the piano. Sarah loves international travel. She has visited Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, France, and Austria. In college, she hopes to study abroad in Paris and Cape Town. She will be attending the University of Chicago to study Biological Sciences with a specialization in Microbiology and she hopes to one day attend medical school.
Derick was born and raised in Greeley and graduated from Northridge High School in 2010 in the top 10 percent of his class. He was a member of the National Honor Society and successful in receiving the Math, Science & Technology Magnet Endorsement. This required Derick to pass Advanced Placement classes in these subjects as well as taking Calculus II at the University of Northern Colorado during his senior year. This also required Derick to complete a senior project which he chose to make a Soil Monolith for the Poudre Learning Center in Greeley. This project will expose future students to the concepts of the different horizons in the soil. During his high school years, he received CHSAA All-State Honors in football, basketball, baseball and track and was fortunate to qualify for State Track Finals during his senior year. Also during his high school career Derick was very active and involved in community service and volunteered in the Big Brother/Big Sister Program, Make-A-Wish Foundation, DECA, and Interact. Derick will be attending the University of Northern Colorado in the fall and is considering studying the fields of Science or Criminal Justice.
Hayley has been playing soccer since she was 3 and ran in her first track meet when she was 7, winning all 3 of her events. Hayley plays competitive club soccer for Real Colorado and ran track for Zoom and then ATS, qualifying for the National Junior Olympics in 2007 in the long jump. She graduated from Mountain Vista High School wtih a 4.2 GPA. At Mountain Vista Hayley was on the Varsity Soccer team all four years and was captain her Junior and Senior year. Hayley made Allstate Track her freshman and sophomore years and Allstate soccer her senior year. Academically she was honored with the United States Achievement Academy National Language Arts Award in 2010 and was a state finalist in Applied Accounting for Mountain Vista’s DECA chapter in 2009. Hayley was a coach for her high school’s Unified Sports program, helping her peers in the special needs program compete in Soccer and Basketball. She also coached soccer camps for kids 3 to 8 years old and volunteered with the Tops Soccer program, aiding teens with severe special needs. Hayley will be attending the University of Colorado at Boulder and will play Division I soccer in the Big 12 and then Pac-10, while pursuing a Quantitative Finance degree from the Leeds School of Business.