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Conifer Spotlight Page!
Posted on 09/18/2023
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D.E.C.A. Nationals


Congratulate Carson Phillips and James Lafferty for their 8th place finish (in the world) in Buying and Merchandising Team Decision-Making!  This puts them in the top 1% of DECA competitors and they were on stage twice in front of 23,000 high school students and their advisors from around the world.

Art Accolades

Equity and Excellence Show
- Dezmin Canales
Undefined: Annual Teen Exhibition
- Mason Risch
- Ben Miller
- Carly Potter

Power of Process Show - Canceled due to construction issues
- Mason Risch
53rd Annual Jefferson County Art Show
This year the show had 904 submissions with 475 pieces being accepted.
Conifer submitted our 20 pieces per teacher and had 21 accepted (some students had multiple pieces accepted). Link to the images:
- Adam Wilton - Jewelry
- Ainsley Clagett - Sculpture
- Alaithia Rook- Drawing
- Dante Neher - Jewelry
- Jade Jensen - Jewelry
- Kendra Jones - Drawing and Mixed Media
- Kanin Cadam - Photography: Color Digital
- Malakai Stokey - Jewelry
- Mason Risch - Jewelry
- Ben Miller - Painting
- Carissa Morris - Drawing
- Chase Allbritton - Painting
- Madison Ransel - Drawing
- Mckenna Moore - Painting
- Mila Murphy - Mixed Media
- Nicola Green - Sculpture

Please give an extra big congrats to Atlas Trefethen, earning an honorable mention for her large ceramic pot and Megan Swearengin, earning 2nd place in Traditional Darkroom and Alternative Darkroom Processes for her cyanotype print at the District Show. Mila Murphy's piece was awarded the district
purchase award and will hang in the Ed center forevermore.

All State Band

Elijah Blanton, Benjamin Harrison, and Kaylee Wilson will be at All State Band at UNC Greeley.

All State Choir and All State Orchestra

Congratulations to Matthew Fletcher and Fiona Matschullat for auditioning and
being selected for All State Choir. Congratulations to Sawyer Payne, Ava
Florence, Sarah Harker, and Benjamin Harrison for auditioning and being selected
for All State Orchestra. Go Lobos!


2024 Conifer DECA State Awards Announcement
A huge thank you to our chaperones Becky and Chris Paschke and our chaperone and bus driver, Wesley Paxton for making this trip possible. Congratulations to our 42 Conifer HS DECA students who competed in State from February 24th through February 27th. We had a successful competition, and our students were outstandingly considerate, professional and exceptional young people all around.
The following 5 students qualified in the top 5% of Colorado DECA students and have earned a competitive spot in the International Competition in April in Anaheim, California:

· State Officer representing Colorado District 5 - Charlize Hargrove
· 2nd - Sports & Entertainment Series - Kellyn Dougherty
· 4th - Sales Project - Mckenzie Dolph, Stella Barnes and Charlotte Hood

Conifer DECA qualified 15 students for written event finals and 5 students in role play finals at State Conference this year. Making it into the finals puts these students in the top 7% of DECA Competitors in Colorado.

Congratulations to all the Role Play & Written Event Finalists:
· Future Marketing Educator - Luke Manchester
· International Business Plan - Brooke Roller & David Bogdanoff
· Sports Operations Research -
· Joey Merrion, Luke Adams and Hunter Harnisch
· Career Development Project Management-
· Rylie Sanvido, Luke Manchester & Trevor Bowman
· Sales Project Management - Stella Barnes, Charlotte Hood &
Mckenzie Dolph

Chapter of Excellence -

· Sierra Nordwald, Kellyn Dougherty and Bella Dastur
· Sports & Entertainment Series -
· Kellyn Dougherty
· Sports & Entertainment Series -
· Joey Merrion
· Hotel & Lodging Series -
· Charlize Hargrove
· Buying & Merchandising Team -
· Carson Phillips and James Lafferty 

Journalism & Yearbook

In the Best of Show competition, the Conifer yearbook placed 10th  out of the several hundred schools present and competing.

In individual competitions, Conifer took the stage many times!

Aly Meyers: 2nd place, Feature Writing.  Judges described her writing as "brilliant storytelling."
Ellie Chase: 2nd place, Sports Writing
Amelia Hobgood: HM, News Writing

Jolie Pinsonneault: 1st Place, Literary Magazine Photo.  Judges described her model as "gracefully elegant." 

Bella Hess:  HM, Yearbook layout, inside pages
Kara Wright: HM, Yearbook copy/captions - Sports

Marching Band

Congratulations on the Lobo Regiment Marching Band for earning 7th place at state in 3A competition!

Cross Country

Congratulations to the girls cross country team for qualifying for state as a team. The is the first time in 17 years that the girls team has qualified for state. Congratulations also to Kylar B. on the boys team who qualified for state.


Congratulations to our students who attended State J-Day
Journalism Conference @ CSU on Thursday, September 14th. They
entered 5 categories of competition and students won awards in all
5 categories!
Congratulations to:
Bella Hess, Bella Alley, Jolie Pinsonneault, Savanna Smith, Kara Wright,
Emily Ford, Ryli Metcalf: For their work on last year's yearbook they
were awarded All-Colorado, the top state award!
Aly Meyers, Ellie Chase, Amelia Hobgood, and Erich Bohn: For their
work on last year's online newspaper,, they were awarded
All-Colorado, the top state award!

Nick Marcin, Brenden Dostal, Julianna Sauser, Mila Murphy, and Payden
Devaney: For their work on this year's first edition of LoboTrax, they took
3rd place in the Best of Show competition.
Kara Wright and Savanna Smith: For their work on the first spread of this
year's yearbook, Pack Day, they were awarded 1st place in the Best of

Show competition.
All members of the Online Newspaper Staff: Honorable Mention for the
work they've done this year on


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