Parker News in a Hurry - May 2


Chaparral senior earns full ride

One of 40 recipients of the Boettcher Foundation Scholarship is from Parker.

Chaparral High School senior Cameron Coday received the full-ride merit-based scholarship to a Colorado college or university for ranking in the top 5 percent of his class, scoring a 1,200 or higher on the math and critical reading section of the SAT, and scoring at least a 27 on the ACT. More than 1,300 students apply for the scholarship, which pays full tuition, fees, book allowance and a stipend for living expenses.

Tim Schultz, president and executive director of the Boettcher Foundation, said the intent of the scholarship program is to “keep the best talent in Colorado.”

Road to close for three months

Douglas County is planning to close Tammy Lane, a street that connects to Hess Road and winds through a rural residential neighborhood on the south end of Parker. The county plans to make roadway improvements and will shut down Tammy Lane from Hess Road to Randy Drive from May 6 to Aug. 2.

Public invited to transportation plan workshops

The town is looking for knowledge, ideas and concerns regarding the future of transportation in Parker.

The public is being invited to participate in one of two workshops. The first is at the Parker Library, 10851 S. Crossroads Drive, in the Adam and Dorothy Miller Large Meeting Room, from 8 to 11 a.m. May 4. The second workshop is scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon May 12 at the Parker Farmers Market at Mainstreet and Victorian Drive.

Participants will work with large aerial ground maps of the entire town and help identify problem areas where it is challenging to drive, walk, bike or use transit. They are being asked to provide suggestions for potential future improvements such as new street and trail connections.

The town is developing its first transportation master plan, and kicked off the event at a joint meeting with the town council and planning commission April 8. The project is a coordinated effort between several town departments and is meant to guide policy for officials and staff on future transportation decisions, development and capital projects.

Sierra student wins essay contest

Sierra Middle School seventh-grader Kate Padrnos was among the three winners of the Charles Lafitte Foundation’s Kid’s Corner “Season of Generosity Essay Contest.”

Padrnos will receive a Kindle Fire, plus $1,000 for her school library. The “Season of Generosity Essay Contest” invited any student in grades 3-12 attending a public or private school in the U.S. to submit an essay. To enter, students had to read a book listed under their corresponding grade level, and tell CLF how the characters’ traits of compassion and generosity impacted them.

“By identifying these traits through an age-appropriate and educational exercise, children and teens can learn to act in ways that will help them to grow into compassionate and generous adults,” said Kyra Citron, director of Kid’s Corner.

CLF’s Kid’s Corner strives to encourage kids to not only have a voice, but a role in helping better their community. 


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