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Acts of Kindness/Sportsmanship

This page will feature acts of kindness/good sportsmanship that our high school students

do for our students here at Denver and for other schools.  Enjoy!

 

 

March:

On March 2, 2022 our girls’ basketball team played in the IGHSAU Girls’ State Basketball Tournament.  The IGHSAU allows each participating school to nominate a person or persons to receive a Sportsmanship Award.  Steve and Carol Moon were the receipients of this award for Denver.  Thank you to Steve and Carol!

Steve and Carol Moon

February:

2/4/22 – 

This year our student athletes are working together to recognize and celebrate members of the community who, through their influence and acts of service, have helped make Denver such a special place.

Tonight, our Denver players proudly want to recognize and thank the Denver High School teachers and staff for their positive influence, commitment, and time in helping them succeed in the classroom and beyond. We are blessed to have you as outstanding, caring role models that lead our school to some of the states’ highest academic achievements.  Thank you, high school teachers!

Along with recognizing the current high school teachers, we want to celebrate Pat Leonhart as tonight‘s guest of honor. 

Pat joyfully taught fourth grade in Denver for 32 years. In her retirement she has continued to be a volunteer at school and in the community. She is part of the Denver Scholarship Foundation, leads third grade junior achievement, is a member of the “Give-Me-30” group that has provided over 25 adult mentors a year for individual elementary students, was a lead on the school bond issue committee, and is also part of the Denver Betterment Community.

Pat leads by example in performing simple acts of kindness.  She has sent 100’s of uplifting cards and encouraging notes to community members over the years, celebrating milestones & achievements and brightening ones’ day.  

Thank you, Pat, we are proud of you and are grateful for your lifelong commitment to our school and community, helping make Denver such a special place.

 

2/1/22 – This year our student athletes are working together to recognize and celebrate members of the community who, through their influence and acts of service, have helped make Denver such a special place.

Ladies and gentlemen, it is with great pleasure we recognize Mindy Giesler as tonight's special guest of honor.

Mindy is extremely generous with her time in many areas for our school and community, including Academic Decathlon, coaching youth and high school volleyball, keeping all of our sports records updated, and giving a hand or encouragement wherever she is present.

Tonight, we especially want to recognize her 6 years on the Denver Cyclone Booster Club, volunteering countless hours and transforming the club into what it is today.

Mindy recognized improvements the booster club could make, and instead of having separate clubs, Mindy, in her leadership and vision, helped consolidate music, sport, robotics, and others into an all-activities club to help accomplish more for each program. 

We thank you Mindy for all your generous time that often goes unseen, including all the trips to Sam’s Club for supplies and the set-up through clean-up work in the concession stand. The hours spent putting together clothing orders, golf outings, book-keeping, and training to name a few. You are an outstanding example of humble service. 

Thank you, Mindy, for all you service, and in building the Denver Cyclone Booster Club into what it is today, and what it will continue to provide our students and community in the future.

We are proud of you!!

January:

1/28/22 – This year our student athletes are working together to recognize and celebrate members of the community who, through their influence and acts of service, have helped make Denver such a special place.

Ladies and gentlemen, it is with great pleasure we recognize Bruce Piehl as tonight's special guest of honor.

We proudly recognize Leo club advisor Mr. Piehl for his vision and achievement in starting the first Leo club here at Denver. He has actively made them an extension of the Lions service organization with an aim to encourage community service and involvement from a young age. Our mission he explains is ,”to empower student volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through the Leo Club”. In its 2nd year there are over 35 students active in the club.

Bruce, the 2nd district vice governor, is very passionate and active in the Lions Club. “Lions are a family like no other. And with our hearts united in service, we will lift up our communities all over the world. Because in times of great need, only a greater passion for service can make the world a better place for all people”.

Bruce also generously gives his service in the Denver senior housing, Denver cares, and St. John’s Lutheran Church.

Guest of Honor

December:

12/17/21 – This year our student athletes are working together to recognize and celebrate members of the community who, through their influence and acts of service, have helped make Denver such a special place.

Ladies and gentlemen, it is with great pleasure we recognize Jo Danielson as tonight's special guest of honor.

In addition to being a long time teacher and coach in the Denver school district, Jo is a very active community minded lady. She serves through membership in many groups including the nursing home board, nursing home auxiliary, Denver betterment committee, the Bremer county nature alliance, and the Denver garden club. She also teaches Sunday School.

For years Jo has humbly picked up garbage around town and in rural ditches. All redemption money from cans is given to missions or charity. When asked why she does this she simply said, "If we are going to advertise as the cleanest little city in Iowa we better be it!"

Jo's love for Denver, the community, the kids, and the  elderly is a great example for all of us. Thank you, Jo, for your good hearted service. We are proud to have you as tonight's guest of honor. Sent from my iPhone

The basketball teams honored Kem Scott at the basketball game recently.  She is a valued member of our commnity and well deserving of the honor.  Here is what was read to the fans/players at the basketball game.

12 – 7 – 21

This year our student athletes are working together to recognize and
celebrate members of our community who, through their influence and
acts of service, have helped make Denver such a special place.

Ladies and gentlemen is it is with great pleasure we wish to recognize
Kemalyn Scott as tonight's special guest of honor.

Kem and her husband John moved to Denver in 1968.  She started
teaching English at Denver High School in 1973 and remained in that
position for 25 years until she retired in 2002.  Her kind heart and
generous devotion of time made her a favorite among students.  In
addition to being an outstanding teacher in the classroom, she
provided opportunities to teach the importance of volunteering and
being active in student services.  Examples include starting Peer
Helpers, a group that created the memory garden, and leading the
Denver Sesquicentennial Student Group, an organization that provided
art work, a book, a museum exhibit, and a quilt that remains in the
community center.  She also helped organize and direct many students
events. Her contributions to making prom a wonderful night included
starting the grand march and organizing student fundraisers such as
the garden walk and making over 500 concrete bird baths to sell.  Kem
also enjoyed working with wrestling cheerleaders and helped sew
countless mat pillows for them. After a student tinvolved  accident,
she helped start a campaign and was a motivating force in getting the
Jaws of Life for Denver.

Outside school, Kem has been a long-standing member of the Denver
betterment committee.  Several services of note include involvement in
the Old-fashioned Christmas, the 24 beautiful urn flowerpots around
town, the Cyclone Country cups in the school fences, and  the flower
filled Denver sign that welcomes everyone to town.  Kem is active in
the Friends of the Library group and the Denver Scholarship committee.

Kem and John, who have been married for 55 years, enjoy spending time
with their son John and their daughter Stephanie, who is a first grade
teacher here in Denver.  They are proud that their grandchildren
attend school here.

It is a great honor to recognize Kemalyn Scott as tonight's guest of honor.

November:

Our High School Student Countil took 2nd place in the Northeast Iowa Food Bank school competition!  Our students raised 1034 meals, a total of 90 pounds and $240.  A donation in the amount of $500 will be made to our Student Council.  Congratulations!

October:

The Denver High School Band took a trip on a nice fall day to serenade the residents at the Denver Sunset Home.  

Band 1  Band 2

The Denver Cross Country team ran at Districts on October 21, 2021 and were supported by the Denver High School Football Team!  The cross country runners greatly appreciated the support.

Football Team at XC Districts

Boys XC at Districts

September:

Denver vs. Union in football on September 3, 2021.  This girl is the only cheerleader for union high school. The cheerleaders got her over for a photo and talked to her for quite a while. Congratulated her on her brave spirit to do it alone.

Denver Cheerleaders/Union Cheerleader

 

Denver vs. Charles City in Volleyball on September 30, 2021.  Denver students and volleyball players wore their purple to show support for a sister of two of the Charles City volleyball players.  Carly has been in the hospital since July this year and we wish her a full recovery.

Team Carly Purple Tshirt                    Student Section in Purple for VB

 

In September a Denver family lost their house due to a fire.  Our student council stepped up and raised awareness of their loss and how people could help the family at their baked good display during our home volleyball tournament.

Baked Goods.    Student Council