Senior Awards Celebration

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On Friday, May 10, 2019 Pine Creek honored the following members of the Class of 2019:

Community Scholarships

Hannah Mitchell
Melanie Salvador

The Emily Bissell & Doug Dell Scholarship

Travis Mello

Hannah Mitchell

Lance P. Sijan Chapter of the Air Force Association

John Lewis
Jacquelyn Cleary

DECA Scholarships:

Taylor James, DECA Student of the Year
Hannah Mitchell, Marketing Student of the Year
Catherine Bowyer, Entrepreneurship Student of the Year

Peyton Riedel Memorial Softball Scholarship

Kennedy Johnson
Leah Passafiume

Ryan Preble

Future Eagle Educator

Cayla Holling

Eagle Excellence Scholarship

Claudia Chen
Abigail Shrack

Trayana Athannassova
Sophie Jung

Leah Passafiume

Military Recognitions


Andrei Reyes 
USAFA Appointment

Lauren Bogue
Bethany Duggan
Taylor Metzger

Air Force ROTC

Hunter Nudson
Cameron Tredoux

United States Military Academy West Point

David Counts  
Scharl Du Tuoit         

AFJROTC Outstanding Senior

Benita Jonker
Ben Turechek

Youth Advisory to Law Enforcement

Audrey Faue 
Parker Gregory
Sam Miller 
Taylor Stoa

Academic Excellence

Each Academic Department determines which seniors should be recognized for excellence. There are two types of awards given by each department. 

The Eager Eagle Award recognizes students with a good attitude, one who is kind and works to include others in groups, projects, etc., contributes to class discussions, enjoys learning, has demonstrated a desire to achieve their personal best, and most importantly, made the class better because of their presence and many contributions.


Academic Excellence Awards recognize students who have demonstrated repeated academic achievement in the subject area, have contributed significantly to class discussions and projects, have demonstrated a love of learning, are curious, and a scholar.

National Merit Commended Students

Each year more than 1.5 million students take the PSAT test. The PSAT tests knowledge in critical reading, math and writing. Students scoring in the top 5% are recognized as nationally commended students. 

Pine Creek had seven students in the Class of 2019 recognized as commended students:

Laurel Anderson
Emily Chang
Grace Hall
Taylor Metzger
Leah Passafiume
Emily Starkey
Azlan Tubbs 

National Merit Finalists

The top 1% of the 1.5 million students who have taken the PSAT are recognized as

National Merit Finalists. We have two students who earned those honors:

Ryan Preble
Abby Shrack

Ryan is also the recipient of the National Merit Scholarship.

Rotary Champions

The following seniors were selected as the Rotary Champion in their respective sport for the Class of 2019:

Jacob Danussi – Baseball

Grant Wilkinson – Basketball

Sophia Jung – Cross Country       

Taylor Metzger- Cross Country

Adam Weaver – Football

Alyssa Adkins- Golf

Alexander Brooks – Hockey

Brandon Kaipus- Lacrosse

Brittney White – Lacrosse

David Ruiz – Soccer                                        

Leah Passafuime – Softball

Noe Dietz – Swim

Shaynie Segal – Swim    

Luke Miller – Tennis                       

Savannah Nott – Volleyball                                         

Cami Beatty – Track

David Counts - Wrestling

Each year twenty-five students are also selected to receive rotary medallions. Pine Creek's Brittany White received the Rotary Champions medallion for lacrosse.

Honor Graduates

There are 364 members of the class of 2019. Thirty-one members of the class of 2019 are graduating with honors on Thursday. Honor graduates are those students who have earned an accumulative GPA of 3.75 to 3.99.

Students Graduating Cum Laude

Students graduating Cum Laude have earned between a 4.0 and 4.19 GPA and receive a white medal to wear at graduation (based on 7 semesters - 1st semester of Freshman year through the end of 1st semester senior year).

Students Graduating Magna Cum Laude

Students graduating Magna Cum Laude have earned between a 4.2 and 4.49 GPA and receive a green medal to wear at graduation (based on 7 semesters - 1st semester of Freshman year through the end of 1st semester senior year).

Students Graduating Summa Cum Laude

Students graduating Summa Cum Laude have earned between a 4.5 and 4.83 GPA and receive a blue medal to wear at graduation (based on 7 semesters - 1st semester of Freshman year through the end of 1st semester senior year).

Top Ten Graduates in the Class of 2019

Jordan Alvarez

Jordan has participated in cheerleading, National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, and Sources of Strength. She volunteers weekly serving food to the homeless community in Acacia Park and also volunteers at a local elementary school. Jordan will be attending the Colorado School of Mines and intends to major in Mechanical Engineering and minor in Humanitarian Engineering. She is the recipient of the Colorado Scholars Scholarship from Mines. 

Emily Chang

Emily is the Class of 2019 Valedictorian with a GPA of 4.83. Emily is an AP Scholar with distinction and a National Merit Commended Student. She has participated in HOSA and the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony where she is first violin. Emily also volunteers at UC Health Memorial Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House and will be attending Northwestern University and will major in Biomedical Engineering.

Claudia Chen

Claudia is the president of HOSA and has qualified to attend both state and national competitions. She is also a member of Mu Alpha Theta. As the President of Key Club, she has volunteered at Care and Share. Claudia is attending CU Boulder in the fall and will major in Applied Mathematics on a pre-med track. She has received the HOSA Leadership Award and the CU Esteemed Scholars Award. She plans to work in Biostatistics or Medicine

Grace Hall

Grace was selected to All State Choir in 2018 and 2019. She is a member of HOSA and qualified for the International conference in her Junior and Senior years. She is also a member of the Bowling team and qualified for the state competition. She plans to attend Baylor University and participate in the University Scholars program. She is the recipient of the Gold Scholarship from the University. She plans to become a doctor and serve in humanitarian efforts, providing medical access to areas where there is little or no access.


Sophia Jung

Sophia is a member of student council where she was elected as the Student Body VP of Public Relations. She is also a member of the varsity Cross Country team. She volunteers at the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region and was the chair of the Harvest of Love campaign this past fall at Pine Creek. Sophia is attending CU Boulder where she plans to double major in Finance and International Relations and minor in Arabic. She aspires to work for the State Department with a specialization in the Middle East as a Foreign Service Officer. She is the recipient of the prestigious Boettcher Scholarship.


Leah Passafiume

Leah is a National AP Scholar with Distinction, National Merit Commended Student, and has earned a varsity letter in softball all four years of high school. She has volunteered as a math tutor, at Teen Court, and the National Mill Dog Rescue.

Leah will be attending the University of Wyoming and plans to double major in chemistry and psychology. She plans to work in the medical field of neurology and practice medicine as well as conduct research. She is the recipient of the Gazette Best and Brightest Scholarship, the Gene and Bonnie Simpson Scholarship and the Western Undergraduate Exchange scholarship.

Ryan Preble

Ryan is an AP Scholar, the Knowledge Bowl Team Captain, and National Honor Society Co-President. As a member of the Track of Field team, he has earned a varsity letter and was selected as the team captain. Ryan is attending Cornell University where he is planning to major in microbiology with a minor in computer science. He aspires to start a biotech company aimed at solving problems in the medical and agricultural fields. He is the recipient of the National Merit Scholarship.

Ryan is the Class of 2019 Salutatorian and he has earned a 4.8 GPA.


Shaynie Segal

Shaynie is 4-year varsity varsity athlete on swim team, where she has served as a co-captain. She is the co-President of the National Honor Society and in 2018; she was selected to attend the Rocky Mountain Youth Leadership Conference. She volunteered for many years at the Helen Hunt Falls Visitor Center and the Teen Board where she serves as an officer. Shaynie is planning to attend CU Boulder, majoring in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology. She would like to go to medical school to become an orthopedic surgeon. Shaynie is the recipient of the CU esteemed scholars President James H Baker Award and a 2019 Be Boulder Scholarship.

Abby Shrack

Abby has spent 3 years as a leader on the Rocky Mountain Robotics team and was selected to All State Choir twice while in high school. Abby is attending Carnegie Melon University to study computer science and robotics. Abby is a National Merit Finalist and Boettcher Scholarship semi-finalist.

Azlan Tubbs

 Azlan is an AP Scholar with Distinction, and National Merit Commended Student. She is the President of Science National Honor Society, co-President of English National Honor Society, and a member of the National, Spanish, and Social Studies Honor Societies. She earned a varsity letter in soccer was recognized by CHSAA as an Academic All-state first team athlete. Azlan volunteers at Compassion International, and for Teens with Promise. Azlan will be attending Colorado School of Mines majoring in mechanical engineering. She aspires to become an engineer or a doctor. She is the recipient of the Vanguard Scholarship and the President's Scholarship at Mines.