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April 12, 2013 - DSST Public Schools: Slice of Pi

What: Annual DSST Public Schools Celebration

Where: Stapleton High School, 2000 Valentia Street, Denver CO

When: Friday, April 12, 2013

Time: 5:30-8 p.m.

Ticket Prices: Individual tickets $100 each; Patron Tickets $250 each; Alumni tickets $30 each; Xenon Sponsor $2,500; Krypton Sponsor $5,000; Argon Sponsor $10,000; Neon Sponsor $15,000; Helium Sponsor $25,000; Event Co-Chair $50,000

Beneficiary: DSST Public Schools

Honoree(s): The Honorable Governor John C. Hickenlooper

Co-Chair(s): Laura Barton and William Matthews; Mike and Amber Fries; Steve and Susan Halstedt; Lockheed Martin; Dr. John C. and Mrs. Leslie A Malone; John and Carrie Morgridge; Anna and John J. Sie Foundation

Introductions: Bill Kurtz, DSST CEO

Welcome: Steve Halstedt, Chair of the DSST Board

Speaker: Sean VanBerschot, Teach for America, Colorado; Keith Evans, Kaiser Permanente; Terrance Bishop, 2012 DSST Alum; Armando Castorena, Lockheed Martin; The HonorableKen Salazar, Secretary of the Interior

Catering: Gourmet Fine Catering and Happy Cakes

Sponsors: Helium Sponsors: Steve and Kathy McConahey, Liberty Media, Balan and Joe Joe Chacko-Nair, Teletech; Neon Sponsors: CH2MHill, The Lanbourn Foundation; Argon Sponsors: AMG National Trust Bank, Jay and Bunnie Busch, DISH Network, Forest City Stapleton, Kaiser Permanente, Jim Kelley and Aime Knox, David and Judy Koff, SBSA, Inc.; Krypton Sponsors: Michele Cooper and Frederick Thompson, DIRECTV, Jeppesen, Don and Liza Kirkpatrick, Bill and Gretchen Kurtz, The Piton Foundation, Norwood and Barbara Robb, George and Mary Sissel, University of Denver, Zayo; Xenon Sponsors: Keith and Zeynup Evans, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Mary Petryszyn and Sandra Scanlon, RJL Family Gift Fund, Stapleton Foundation, Sean and Jenna VanBerschot, Dan and Mary Wilkerson, Ron and Cille Williams

Special Thanks: Amie Knox of A bar K Productions, Blacktie-Colorado, Freedom House Productions, Gourmet Fine Catering, Hampden Press, Happy Cakes Bakeshop, Impact We Print, Noble Productions, Inc, RPM Parking Companies, Art & Framing of Stapleton, TerraChroma

Board of Directors: Teresa Berryman, Michele Cooper, Keith Evans, David Greenberg, Steve Halstedt, Anna Jo Haynes, Tom Kaesemeyer, Don Kirkpatrick, Heather Lamm, Steve McConahey, Deborah McGriff, Norwood Robb, Sean VanBerschot, Dan Wilkerson

Blacktie Photos by: Janet Snell-Bergeon

 Brian Cox shows his electric guitar
Brian Cox shows his electric guitar

On Friday, April 12th, DSST Public Schools (DSST) hosted its annual Slice of Pi event and honored John Hickenlooper, Governor of Colorado. The Governor has been instrumental in the founding and development of DSST Public Schools, helping it to become one of the top STEM school networks in the nation over the last 10 years. Due to a travel conflict, the governor was not able to attend the event. Ken Salazar, retiring United States Secretary of the Interior, attended the event in the governor’s place.

DSST Public Schools (DSST), founded as the Denver School of Science and Technology, operates open-enrollment STEM charter schools and is part of the Denver Public Schools (DPS) district. DSST Public Schools currently serves over 2,100 diverse students with six schools on four campuses. At full enrollment, DSST Public Schools will serve over 4,200 students, and will double the number of four-year college-ready DPS graduates by 2020.

The 'Slice of Pi' event featured various student project demonstrations throughout the Stapleton High School classrooms, including display of both middle school and high school robotics projects, chemical reactions, the physics of biking, making a lava lamp, and a mock trial.  While student demonstrations were being conducted, guests were treated to hors d'oeuvres by Gourmet Fine Catering and mini cupcakes by Happy Cakes.

The evening program was then introduced by Steve Halstedt, Chair of the DSST Board.  A 2012 graduate of DSST, Terrance Bishop, described how the core values of DSST have helped him succeed as a college student.  Then, following a brief video from Governor John Hickenlooper, DSST CEO Bill Kurtz introduced Secretary Ken Salazar to receive the award on behalf of Governor Hickenlooper. 

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