Student Accomplishments

Excelling in academics and activities

PSD students exceed in numerous ways in the classroom academically and outside the classroom in extra curricular activities that involve art, music, theater, athletics, and other competitions that involved science, history, debate, writing and more! 

Congratulations to the Class of 2019!

Graduating from high school is a huge accomplishment and milestone. Congratulations to all of our new PSD graduates!

See school class lists of 2019 graduates here. 

Watch the 2019 PSD graduation video and read about each ceremony here.


Prestigious Senior Scholarships

U.S. Military Academy Appointments 
•    Jonah Holt (U.S. Military Academy West Point), Fossil Ridge High School
•    Donovan Jones (Naval Academy), Liberty Common High School 

National Merit Scholar Program
National Merit Scholar Finalists: National Merit Scholars, who score in the top 1% academically, are selected from the finalists group. 
•    Jonathan Steiner, Fossil Ridge High School
•    Nathan Sima, Fort Collins High School
•    Kaitlyn Ko, Poudre High School
•    Harper Lowrey, Poudre High School
•    Claire Panella, Poudre High School
•    Zach Harker, Liberty Common High School
•    Michael Hofinger, Liberty Common High School
•    Micaela McConahy, Liberty Common High School
•    Joshua Rohrbaugh, Liberty Common High School
•    Kayiyn Shoemaker, Liberty Common High School
•    Michael Yeh, Liberty Common High School

National Hispanic Scholar
The College Board’s National Hispanic Recognition Program recognizes about 5,000 of the 250,000 Hispanic/Latino juniors who take college board tests. The recognition is an exceptional academic honor.

•    Anna Sofia Calderon, Ridgeview Classical Schools

Boettcher Foundation Scholarship
The Boettcher Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship for Colorado graduating seniors who provide service to community and school, and are top students in their class, display leadership and demonstrate character. Only 42 scholarship were offered across the state. 
•    Gabriela Carcasson, Fossil Ridge High School
•    Emily Winn, Fort Collins High School 
•    Whitney Buckendorf, Poudre High School
•    Zoe Drigot, Poudre High School 


Daniels Fund Scholars
PSD seniors who have demonstrated strong character and a determination to succeed in life have been named Daniels Scholars and receive funding to attend the college or university of their choice. 
•    Jamison White, Rocky Mountain High School
•    Emma Ackerley, Fort Collins High School 
•    Catherine Cecil, Poudre High School


Outstanding Accomplishments

  • 2019 Colorado Science Olympiad champion titles at the high school and middle school levels -  Fossil Ridge High School and Preston Middle School 
  • 2019 Colorado Trout Bowl - Ocean Sciences Champions - Liberty Common High School
  • Odyssey of the Mind World Competition Qualifying Teams - Kruse Elementary, Riffenburgh Elementary, McGraw Elementary and Kinard Middle School. 
  • Rocky Mountain High School junior Alyssa Keirn, won 1st place in the “Engineering and Technology” category of the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium held in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • 2019 Colorado Middle School Regional Science Bowl Champions - Preston Middle School's Science Bowl team. Team members include Sophie Wang, Jackson Dryg, Colin Magelky, Kary Fang, Christian Groendyk and Coach Logan Burke. 
  • 2019 Colorado  5A State Marching Band Champions - Fossil Ridge High School Marching Band 
  • The Kinard Core Knowledge Middle School Choir won the national No Bullying singing competition with their video of "I Have a Voice." They also performed at Carnegie Hall in New York on May 24, 2019, as part of the Vocal Colors Concert with Alexander L'Estrange, composer/conductor.
  • ASTA 2019 National Orchestra Festival - The Boltz Middle School Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Melissa Claeys, and the Rocky Mountain High School Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Courtney Dowling, have been selected to perform at the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) 2019 National Orchestra Festival in Albuquerque in March 2019. These ensembles are among a select group of school orchestras invited to perform. 
  • PSD spelling bee winner - Haley Kendall, Ridgeview Classical Schools


2018-19 Athletic Awards

Fall 2018 Sports

  • 5A State Boys Golf Team Champions - Fossil Ridge High School Boys Golf Team
  • 5A individual State Boys Golf Champion  and Player of the Year -  Dillon Stewart, Fossil Ridge High School
  • 5A Boys #4 Doubles State Tennis champions- Brady Elliot and John Shelby, Fossil Ridge High School

Winter Sports

  • Wrestling 5A Wrestling 195 lb State Champion - Alec Hargreaves, Rocky Mountain High School
  • Girls Swimming 5A 200 yard Freestyle Champion, 5A 500 yard freestyle champion, 5A Swimmer of the Year - Coleen Gillilan Fossil Ridge High School
  •  Girls Swimmoing 5A 100 yard Butterfly Champion - Renee Gillilan, Fossil Ridge High School
  •  Girls Swimming 5A 200 yard Individual Medley Champion - Lucy Bell,  Fossil Ridge High School 
  •  Girls Swimming 5A 400 yard Freestyle Relay Champions - Renee Gillilan, Lucy Bell, Mahala Erlandson,  Coleen Gillilan (Fossil Ridge High)
  • National High School Cheerleading Champions  (Universal Cheerleaders Association) - Fossil Ridge High School Spirit (Cheerleading)  

Spring 2019 Sports

  • 5A Track and Field Triple Jump Champion - Taryn Burkett, Fort Collins High School
  • 5A Track and Field 4x400 Relay Champions - Spencer Thurgood, Joseph Maguire, Jack Sheesley, Micaylon Moore, Fort Collins High School
  •  5A Track and Field 300 Meter Hurdle champion - Garret Nelson, Poudre High School 
  • 5A Track and Field Long Jump and 5A Triple Jump Champion - Micaylon Moore, Fort Collins High School
  • 5A Colorado Girls Golf Champions –  Fossil Ridge High School Girls Golf Team

Contact Information

PSD Communications
Debra Hooker | 970.490.3549 |