• Frank DeAngelis: “I’ll always be a Ranum Raider”

    15 years after two of his students went on a shooting spree at his beloved Columbine High School, retiring Principal Frank DeAngelis came home last month to thank those in his home town community, “who helped me find the strength to go on.”

    DeAngelis provided the keynote address at the annual District 50 Education Foundation Breakfast at Westminster High School. A graduate of Ranum High School in 1972, he told the audience a part of him will always be a Ranum Raider.

    In an emotional speech, DeAngelis said that within 48 hours of the shooting, his former Ranum High School Principal Don Rhoda and longtime friend as well as one time Westminster High School Principal Chris Dittman called to offer their support. Dittman introduced DeAngelis at the breakfast and Rhoda sat at the table with him.

    DeAngelis also reflected on what he had learned since that horrible day in April of 1999. “I always thought everyone was fine and the students all loved being Columbine Rebels. I found that wasn’t the case.”

    He urged other principals to get to know every student who comes into their building, not just the athletes or cheerleaders or student government leaders.

    The audience also heard from Breanna Huizar, a 2013 Westminster High School graduate, who received a Foundation Scholarship last year that is helping her to pay for her education at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

    She called the support invaluable in helping her to follow her dreams.

    Superintendent Pamela Swanson accepted two First National Bank scholarships of $1500. They will be presented this spring to two deserving students. “This gift represents the kind of public/private partnership that District 50 is trying to grow in this community,” Swanson said. “We believe it is so important that our schools and businesses work together in new, innovative ways.”

    Next up for the Foundation is the 12th annual golf tournament scheduled for Wednesday, June 4th at the Gregg Mastriona Golf Courses at Hyland Hills.

    Contact Christy Dodd at 720-542-5269 for more information.

    Posted April 3, 2014