Chowdhury's resignation would be the right decision

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By Greg Romberg

Cougars and Chargers and Rebs, oh my! The Colorado High School Activities Association announced 2007-08 academic team champions last week, and Evergreen, Columbine and Chatfield high schools are among our state’s elite.

Chatfield and Evergreen’s gymnasts took 5A and 4A honors respectively. The girls from Columbine bested all other lacrosse programs and the Rebels softball team won in 5A. Winning teams have the highest cumulative non-weighted grade point averages. Kids who participate in extracurricular activities during their scholastic careers are better prepared for college and life than those who do not. The CHSAA program honors both athletics and other activities including student leadership, music, speech and spirit. These honors are highly sought by schools throughout Colorado as illustrated by the fact that 986 groups from 148 high schools representing over 25,000 students were nominated for the 30 specified activities.

Columbine took top honors in softball with a 3.63 GPA. Members of the team are Kelsey Alsdorf, Megan Bond, Kelsey Boyle, Anna Carpinello, Taryn Duncan, Alyssa Horvat, Dana Kunglin, Kelsey O’Brien, Alyssa Rothrock, Lisa Solis, Danelle Steele and Allison Walen. Their lacrosse teammates’ 3.7 GPA won a state title as well. Adriana Adams, Emma Ahrendsen, Hannah Collins, Alex Dahlin, Brittany DeGiorgio, Jordan Dierkins, Alex Fouts, Kasey Keogh, Annie Larson, Olivia Leyshock, Christen Neugebauer, Amy Newman, Rachel Pagliarini, Leighton Pichler, Charlotte Salerno, Rory Schaar, Haley Swanson, Maddie Tedford, Hannah Tran, Chelsea Vinyard and Sonorah Vinyard comprise the Rebels championship team.

Chatfield’s championship 5A gymnastics team of Rebecca Sutton, Sydney Smiley, Karin Schwarz, Lisa Rocchio, Samantha Plattner, Kristyn Kellner and Anya Morin compiled a 3.88 GPA. Danielle Adams, Kari Carlson, Kelly Creel, Amanda Flesche, Chancey Hines, Bethel Lindsley, Allison Robinette, Sierra Sanchez and Lily Werthan’s 3.49 GPA delivered the 4A gymnastics title to Evergreen.

Congratulations to these athletes, their coaches, teachers and families. Keep up the good work!

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The Jeffco Board of Education’s request for board member Vince Chowdhury’s resignation after he was convicted of 3rd degree assault against his 16 year-old daughter was the right action. While observers of Chowdhury’s service must admire his energy and dedication, his actions and subsequent guilty plea make him unfit to continue. If Chowdhury does not resign, the Board should remove him as Board Treasurer and otherwise limit his role.

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Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! The Evergreen Players’ production of the Wizard of Oz at CenterStage continues with Friday and Saturday evening shows and Sunday matinees through Aug. 10. Tickets are available at evergreenplayers.org.

Greg Romberg is president of Romberg and Associates, a government relations and public affairs firm. He lives in Evergreen with his wife, Laurie, and three daughters.