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WPS Alumni Share Their Story at Foundation Breakfast

"What’s your story?" That was the theme of the 2019 Westminster Public Schools (WPS) Foundation Breakfast. Westminster High School’s (WHS) Orchestra and WHS alumni, Yvette Martinez Madera and Leo Godina welcomed over 225 guests to the community breakfast on March 8 that raised more than $40,000. This annual event is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Foundation which provides scholarships for high school students and supports student learning across the district. The Foundation's Benevolent Fund also assists students by providing basic medical support when their family cannot afford them.

Board of Education president and Westminster High School graduate, Ryan McCoy emceed the event and shared his memories of growing up in Westminster. Keynote speaker and Ranum High School graduate, Dr. Lorenzo A. Trujillo spoke to the importance of a community investing in our students.

Dr. Trujillo then joined WHS’ Mariachi Band to perform a medley of songs including, “Las Mañanitas.”

Throughout the morning, guests watched three different stories of students, parents and alumni from the district who have been impacted by the Foundation. You can view those videos by clicking on the links below.

  • Ivan Mendoza is a Westminster High School graduate and first-generation, Mexican-American student who received a Foundation scholarship and now attends Colorado State University, click here to watch his story.

  • Miranda Rascon Torres is a student at John E. Flynn A Marzano Academy who has limited vision. Her mother, Alma Torres tells us about a device that has drastically improved her daughter’s education, click here to watch their story.

  • Bill Archer was a student at Westminster High School (now known as Hidden Lake High School) for only a short time before he joined the Marines in 1957. During his time in WPS, he was impacted by a teacher who helped him go onto college after serving in the military. Bill now contributes $1,000 a year to the Foundation so that a student can receive the Archer Book Award to help with the cost of college textbooks, click here to watch his story.