Boettcher Scholars, Teachers, Investigators and Grantees in the News

By Jo Anne Busing Akron News Reporter On July 1, Akron resident Carl McGuire III, became one of the four 13th Judicial District court judges for the seven counties in the district. McGuire was appointed by Governor Hickenlooper on May 24 and will replace Judge Douglas Vannoy who has retired. The seven counties in the district include Morgan, Logan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Kit Carson, Yuma and Washington Counties. The other judges in the district are Judge Michel Singer, appointed in 2003; Judge Charles Hobbs, appointed in 2009; Judge Kevin Hoyer, appointed in 2005 and Judge McGuire is now added to the list.    ...

By Debbie Kelley The Gazette Serene Singh, a 2015 Rampart High School graduate who now attends the University of Colorado at Boulder as a Boettcher Scholar, recently was crowned Miss Colorado Teen 2016. Singh called the award “an incredible achievement” that allows her to show her Colorado pride. The 19-year-old will represent Colorado at the national pageant at Disneyland, in Anaheim, Calif., in November. She is the daughter of G.B. and Nitu Singh. ...

By Ann Butler The Durango Herald New teachers are leaving the profession at alarming rates, and colleges are graduating fewer licensed teachers, leaving many schools hurting for qualified instructors. Southwest Colorado is one of four areas in the state particularly hard-hit by the shortage.  Nationwide, about one-third of new teachers leave the classroom in the first three years, and more than half leave within the first five. Enter the Boettcher Teacher Residency program, which is working to shift those numbers. Aspiring teachers in the region are finding it a gateway to success, and small rural districts such as Ignacio, Cortez, Dolores and Dove Creek are beginning to fill hard-to-fill positions, particularly in math and science ...

By Bridgett Weaver Greeley Tribune Watching him laugh and joke about his blindness in front of a crowd, you’d never expect that there was a time when Landan Schaffert felt bad for himself. You’d never guess that people told him he couldn’t do something — mostly because he always did it, anyway. And you’d never guess that the loss of a close friend is what caused him to stop feeling bad for himself. ...

By Joe Vaccarelli YourHub Reporter Josh Hamlin lost everything to addiction. He gave up college football and saw a promising surfing career disappear. When Hamlin got sober in 2008, he still felt he needed an outlet for physical activity. He found it at Phoenix Multisport when he was in Boulder. "When I started getting sober, I didn't have that physical piece. As an athlete, I needed it," Hamlin said. "It really built back my self-confidence." ...