Colorado Springs School District 11 is pleased to announce a partnership with EDU, Inc., which administers the Common Black College Application. By forming this partnership with CBCA, eligible District 11 students will be able to apply to sixty-seven Historically Black Colleges and Universities using one common application at no cost.
The Common Black College Application program was founded in September of 1998 by Robert Mason. His goal was to eliminate the often times cumbersome process of applying for universities and colleges by creating one application that is presently accepted at sixty-seven HBCUs. To date, over 250,000 students have completed the CBCA. Approximately 97% of those have been accepted to at least one CBCA member institution, and over 33% have received a scholarship.
Mr. Mason has been quoted as saying, “You are who you think you are.” This program has done just that by instilling a sense of confidence and accomplishment in students as they seek a path to higher learning that best suits them.
For further information on how to apply through the CBCA process, District 11 high school students are encouraged to speak with their respective school counselors. The District looks forward to a long and successful partnership with the CBCA.
It started with a phone call from William Thomas Pikes Peak Library District in the fall of 2017 to CAPT Greg Thomas, Senior Navy Science Instructor at Doherty High School. The library had acquired some documents regarding Petty Officer Daniel T. Griffin, a 1928 Colorado Springs High School graduate and considered the first casualty during the Japanese Invasion of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. CAPT Thomas accepted the information and an idea was born. By the end of the school year in May of 2018, the Hall of Honor mural project was underway.
The purpose of the extensive mural is to instill the significance that Colorado and the U.S. Navy played in the history of the United States. PO Griffin’s story is detailed along with his aircraft, a PBY Catalina. Other military members from the Colorado Springs area are also featured, including LCDR Philip ‘Phil’ Long, who served as an F6F pilot on the USS Enterprise (CV-6), LT COL Marion Rogers, who was one of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, and LT COL Bob Masonheimer, a B-24 bomber pilot, as well as other notable veterans, ships and aircraft with ties to Colorado Springs.
Kim Polumka, a professional muralist whose work has been shown on other local projects and across the country, helped plan the design concept and painted the murals. Recently, the Hall of Honor was completed and now the Navy Junior ROTC unit at Doherty is ready to dedicate the memorial.
A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at Doherty High School on December 7, Pearl Harbor Day, at 6:30PM in the school’s auditorium. A brief presentation about the mural will explain the project and recognize the many contributors who helped fund the $14,000 project. Guided tours of the murals painted on the two long hallways will be given and refreshments will be served. Members of local military organizations, veterans and friends and family are invited to attend.
Event: Celebration of Meineke 50th Anniversary with a Lifelong Customer and Colorado Springs Charter School Administrator of Winning a 1972 Corvette
A 40-year Meineke customer, a Colorado Springs charter school administrator will receive a vintage car from Meineke and celebrate with students; Meineke will make a $5,000 donation to New Summit Charter Academy in addition to awarding the Corvette
What: Vintage Corvette giveaway to a lifelong Meineke customer
When: Thursday, December 1 at 12:30 p.m. MT
Where: New Summit Charter Academy
7899 Lexington Dr, Colorado Springs, CO 80920
John Coppin, Safety and Security Director/Dean of School of New Summit Charter & Meineke Customer
Ryan Tracy, Chief Executive Officer, Barren Troy Holdings, and owner of 14 Meineke locations in Colorado
Event details: Meineke is celebrating its 50th anniversary and is giving away a 1972 Corvette to one lucky customer, John Coppin, a Colorado Springs resident and Safety and Security Director/Dean of School at New Summit Charter. Students from the school will attend the event and celebrate with John as he receives the Corvette for the first time. Meineke will also donate $5,000 to the school to support New Summit’s safety programs.
Marketing and Communications Coordinator, New Summit Charter Academy
Senior Director, Corporate Communications, Driven Brands
John Coppin is a huge fan of classic cars, specifically the Corvette. His father, John Sr., was the proud owner of a beautiful blue and white 1971 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. John always admired the car and fondly recalls how it became a special way for father and son to bond. He always believed that, at the right time, his father would pass down the classic car to him.
However, his dad sold the Corvette.
This summer, John (a Meineke customer of 40 years) walked into his local Meineke in Colorado Springs for a regular service visit and was greeted with a surprise – it happened to be Meineke’s 50th Anniversary, and as part of the celebration of the company planned to give away a classic Corvette—a 1972 Stingray.
John entered the drawing on the spot. Weeks later, he discovered a voicemail message from Meineke with the news that he had won.
The prize Corvette is white and blue, the same colors as the one John’s father maintained for many years.
When John told his father the news, he recalls, “I could hear the excitement in his voice, as if he had won the Corvette himself. It’s so nice to talk Corvettes with my dad again.”
Ryan Tracy, Chief Executive Officer, Barren Troy Holdings, owns 14 Meineke locations across Colorado. A Meineke owner for 12 years, Ryan was pleased to learn that a local customer had won. “We take great pride in Meineke being part of the Colorado community, and John winning the Corvette is a full circle moment for him and our Meineke family.”
“There’s something sentimental about these classic cars,” John says. “I’m grateful to Meineke. They have played a huge role in making a lifelong dream of mine come true.”
COLORADO SPRINGS – Harrison School District 2 is grateful to our community partner, Pikes Peak United Way, who launched the 2022 Adopt-A-Family Program supporting over 200D2 families this holiday season! With 19 participating schools, you can pick from one or more of these amazing families who could use a little assistance this holiday season. Families have been identified through each school administrative team and have listed the needs and wants of each family member.
Harrison High School student, Jesus and his family were recipients of the first Adopt-A-Family Program. Jesus says donors gave him pretty much everything he wanted and needed. “I got all that and I was stunned because people really do care. Thank you. You really made someone's day, you made my mom's day, you made my day,” said Jesus.
As of Monday, November 28, 2022, D2 has 60 families available to adopt. Help us make a difference in a local family by providing them with holiday gifts by signing up today.