Student Spotlights

Shanaya Mohare, 6th Grade, Dance

Shanaya Mohare is a 6th grade dance major and here is why I think she has earned this student spotlight. First of all, Shanaya is such an amazing friend. She is always so so, supportive, courageous, funny, considerate, and respectful, …
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Lily McKenna, 11th Grade, Creative Writing

Lily is a kindhearted, hardworking student. Not only does she excel in her academics and her arts, but as our Student Council President next year, she plans to do quite a bit to increase DSA spirit and provide students with …
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Atia Blair, 8th Grade, Vocal

Atia has been pushing herself to accomplish more in vocal this year, going out of her comfort zone because she has truly found her voice. She has worked hard to accomplish work in her academics, after struggling through remote learning. …
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Alice Britton, 6th Grade, Theatre

Alice is a really truly kind person. She was a great support in the last few months to me, and is a very funny and great friend. She adds fun and enjoyment to every class I have with her (and …
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Wyn Parney, 11th Grade, Band

Wyn is a hardworking, intelligent person with so much potential. He may seem quiet at first, but he has a lot of interesting things to say. His observations about the world can be both comedic and profound. Additionally despite the …
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Izzy Buhler, 11th Grade, Video Cinema Arts

Izzy has really helped me out of my depression recently. She has been there for me and been a huge help in my life and many other people’s lives. She also has started to film her junior project before everyone …
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Maddie Flory, 12th Grade, Dance

Maddie is the most amazing person. She always gives 100% and deserves all the success in the future. She’s always making people laugh with her hilarious humor. Maddie is definitely a great person to talk to, no matter how you’re …
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Staff Spotlights

Joe Ballandby, 7th Grade Science

Mr. Ballandby is a great teacher to be educated by. He is always patient with us. I appreciate Mr. Ballandby making fun lesson plans and always entertaining us with pictures of his adorable new puppy, Bug. Mr. Ballandby has always …
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Dave Hammond, Band Director

Mr. Hammond delivers passion into the work that he puts in as a Band teacher. It’s crazy how quickly and efficiently he is able to get a band to sound while making his classes fun to be in. If there …
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Mike Fink, Math Instructor

On some mornings, I catch Mr. Fink arriving to school on his bike, like he does everyday. Everyday he treks the 10 miles (!) on his bike to come here and share his passion and knowledge with students. Moreover, he …
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Ari Umoji, School Psychologist

Ms. Ari has been invaluable to DSA since she arrived. She consistently goes out of her way to talk to everyone and make sure we all feel welcomed (from students to all staff), and her mental health support in the …
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Alumni Spotlights

Harry Plymell, Class of 2019

Harry has been an invaluable asset to DSA ever since he was a student here. After graduating from the CW department, he came back to work as a guest artist for CW. He presently oversees the Calliope Literary Journal, in …
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Jon Shockness, Class of 2008

Jon Shockness is better known in the music scene as Kid Astronaut. Graduating from DSA in the aughts, he has taken his artistic prowess to empower the Denver arts scene. He has his own podcast and is involved in a …
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Carley Carter, Class of 2008

Carley graduated DSA in 2008, as a Visual Arts major. She took some time away from Colorado but has returned to the Denver area. Carley took her eye for beautiful things and turned it into a successful real estate business. …
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Sydney Mayes, Class of 2019

Sydney was a constant voice for change throughout her time in DSA. She continues this work at the University of Iowa, where she became editor-in-chief for Lit Ink Mag as a freshman and works to share poetry with the community …
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