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Awards & Accolades

 
The 2016-17 academic year was a stand out for STEM.  In addition to receiving the John Irwin Award for Academic Excellence, posting the highest ACT scores of all schools in Douglas County, moving from 15th to 9th in Colorado school rankings and having our High School history students featured on the front page of The Denver Post and Colorado Public Radio for their innovative work with artificial intelligence, our students and teachers continued to set the bar for our fearless educational model that never stops innovating. In addition, our athletic program grew exponentially and we held two major pep rallies to cheer on our teams. 
 
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Academic Competitions
Each year the STEM School Highlands Ranch students, at all grade levels, participate in a number of local, regional and national academic competitions. Following are some top highlights:
  • John Irwin Schools of Excellence Awards
  • STEM High School takes first place in ACT scores among Douglas County Schools
  • Increased our rank on Colorado School Grades from 11th to 9th out of 345 in Colorado high schools
  • National History Day: 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in documentaries and websites and and best project overall in Hispanic Heritage and History
  • Douglas County School District Film Festival: 2nd place in HS Broadcasting and 3rd place in HS Music Video
  • Douglas County School District Art Show Competition: 1st place HS painting and 2nd place HS drawing
  • Future Business Leaders of America: 1st place State Coding and 2nd place State Computer Problem Solving
  • MIT Launch Club:  One of 11 teams in the world selected to present business ideas to panel of judges at MIT Boston campus. Teams from US, Albania, China and England in final group. STEM student team member named regional director for next year's competition
  • Technology Students Association: Our TSA team won State and Chapter of the Year, third time in a row; student, Cyra Gallano elected state TSA Secretary. Our top rankings at TSA are numerous and varied ranging from 1st place in Catapult Design, Geospatial Technology and Essays on Technology to 2nd place in Innovations and Inventions.  For a full list of TSA STEM School wins, link here
  • John Oliver's "Back off my Charter School" Video Competition: School place in the top 50 in US and awarded $1,000
  • Valor Math Competition: 1st and 2nd place winners
  • Destination Imagination: 1st place team winner
  • Rocky Mountain Chapter of the AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics): 1st place across three states
  • Denver Regional Science Fair: 2nd place in Earth and Environmental Sciences Junior Division as well as winning an award from the CO Chapter Soil & Water Conservation Society; 2nd place in social sciences and 3rd place in behavioral sciences
  • Verizon National App Competition: Our student team was one of 12 in the nation that won "Best in Region," and advanced to vie for the "Best in Nation" title
  • Cyber Patriots Competition: Both High and Middle School students participated in their first ever Cyber Patriots competition. Four Middle and two High School teams advanced to the final rounds. We were proud to advance with the only "all girls" team in the nation
  • Colorado Humanities and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress: Third place and honorable mention in Colorado Letters About Literature writing competition
  • Elections Office Arts Competition: Second place in HS drawing
  • Athletics: First student at STEM to letter in swimming