Awards and Recognitions
Cache La Poudre Middle School recognizes outstanding students each year with a variety of awards and honors.
Mr. and Ms. CLP Recognized
The following students were nominated for the Mr. & Ms. CLP Award:
Mr. CLP: Keaton Bartlett, Caiden Boyt, Dillon Foster, Parker Gradisar-Jansen, Caleb Maxey, Chase Morley, Ben Oldemeyer, Ben West
Ms. CLP: Koy Ecton, Annelise Sherman, Madeline Towbin, Sydney Wewerka
The winners are: Dillon Foster (Mr. CLP) and Koy Ecton (Ms. CLP). Congratulations to all who were nominated and to the winners!
8th Grade Awards Ceremony
Dozens of students were recognized at the 8th grade awards ceremony on May 10th. See the complete list of all the recipients.
National Columbine Poetry Contest Winner!
Julia Schmidt is the national winner (yes, all 50 states!) of the Columbine Poetry Contest. You may recall that Lachlan Yahn won for the state of Colorado and Julia and Casey Robertson were Honorable Mention. All three poems were submitted to the national contest, and Julia is the big winner! Be sure to congratulate her! Read her poem.
Mr and Ms CLP (1964 - Present)
Criteria for this award is as follows:
this award will be given to one 8th grade boy and one
8th grade girl.
1) the students most show academic
2) demonstrate good citizenship.
3) willing to help others.
4) involved in extracurricular activities.
Jane Neth Award (2005-Present)
This award was created by Jane Neth, a former Media Center Specialist who worked at CLP for many years. The award was created to recognize the 8th grade student who combined their love of reading and learning with service to the CLP Media Center.
Val Weitz Award (1999-2004)
Val Weitz was a talented and gifted student who
attended CLP a few years ago. She was a great athlete,
dedicated to her sports and to the team and very competitive.
She was also very upbeat and friendly to everyone. Whenever
you were down she would also have a smile or a kind
word and if you were happy she would be happy with you.
She encouraged everyone to do his or her best but never
asked anyone to do something that she herself wouldn't
You couldn't put Val in a category,
She wasn't a jock but she was a great athlete.
She wasn't a nerd but she was very intelligent and excelled
She wasn't a student council member but she was a leader.
She wasn't a prep but she had class.
She wasn't a party animal but she liked to have a good
She wasn't a hick but she loved the outdoors and the
She wasn't a teacher's pet, but all the staff loved
She wasn't a work-aholic but she knew what hard work
was and wasn't afraid to do it.
What was she then? More than anything
Val was a friend to everyone she met.
Val died in a car accident late one night coming home
alone. She lived in the mountains and it was a long,
dark, winding road. She wasn't drinking or partying
she was just tired and fell asleep.
The Award Criteria
The family of Val Weitz would like to honor her
memorial worth $500.00 per year for five years. Half
this award ($250.00) will be awarded at the assembly
Thursday, May 31. This will help to offset athletic
at the high school. The other half will be used upon
graduation from high school, to be used for post-secondary
The following criteria has been established
by the family:
1) the student must be a team leader.
2) the student is willing to help and accept other students
for who they are.
3) the student has a positive attitude.
4) the student is determined to be successful.
The CLP Middle School staff will nominate ninth grade
students and then vote will taken to determine the winner.
This was written by student council members a few
Francis (Franco) Kintzley was an amazing person. Although
we never had the privilege to meet him, from what others
have told us he was an exceptional young man. Franco
was born on February 27, 1976 to Tom and Antonetta Kintzley.
Franco was a mischievous little boy, who had a smile
that if you saw it, the rest of your day would be great.
He was also an outstanding athlete. He put forth 110%
effort all the time. He persevered beyond belief all
of the time.
Franco was one of those
"good at everything" kids. One of his best
sports was football. His coach, Ted Garfield tells about
a game against Blevins Junior High in 1992. "We
were down two touchdowns with about 30 seconds left
in the game. It was one of those situations where you
were sure you were going to lose. I called timeout and
went into the huddle. Franco said, `I can beat my man
going way deep.' I said, `O.K.' Franco ran deep and
got the touchdown on the last play of the game."
This is the kind of person that Franco was, always willing
to give himself up for the team and for others.
Franco's faith was
one of the most important things to him. Members of
his family are devout Catholics. Franco, as a little
boy, had a knack for getting in trouble, and afterwards,
being so sweet and funny everyone simply had to forgive
him. He refused to swear. Franco was the type of person
who everyone liked, and Franco liked everyone.
When Franco was in
fifth or sixth grade, his mom Antonetta, noticed a mole
on her son's back. She asked her son, "Does that
bother you any?" Franco replied, "Yeah, it
itches." Antonetta, being the loving mother, called
the doctor and scheduled an appointment to have it removed.
The mole was removed the next day.
The day after surgery
Franco was right outside in the sunshine riding his
bike. He had fixed the covers on his bed, so it looked
like he was in bed.
A few weeks after the extraction
of the mole, results from tests of the mole came back
to Tom and Antonetta. They were told that Franco had
melanoma, which is a type of cancer. Melanoma is the
deadliest form of skin cancer. It invades neighboring
tissues and cells and kills them. It is the kind of
disease where you either cure the patient or you don't.
The main cause of Melanoma is the ultraviolet radiation
in the atmosphere.
The arrival of the news of cancer
had little impact on Franco's daily life. He kept on
going full tilt as if nothing was wrong. But slowly,
little by little the effects could be seen on Franco's
life. He got headaches frequently and was often dizzy.
When he was hit hard in football, he often got bloody
noses. Lumps started to appear all over his body. Franco
underwent many sessions of chemotherapy and many surgeries
throughout his body. All through this Franco never ever
gave up. He continued to give his all in his sports
endeavors throughout his years at CLP Junior High School.
Former principal, Mr. Ed Crockett remembers that the
day after Franco had brain surgery, Franco showed up
at school. He loved being at CLP and loved being around
Finally, on March 24, 1992, Franco
Kintzley passed away. The whole Kintzley family, and
all of Franco's friends were gathered around him when
he died. Tom Kintzley took Franco's hand and said "Franco,
we won." By this he meant that Franco had not given
up, not let the cancer drag him into depression where
there was no hope. The day was very windy, Tom described
it as "...the angels beating their wings coming
to get him." Franco breathed his last breath, the
wind stopped, and he was gone.
The Kintzley family set up an award to be given
to a student each year. It is a $1,000 scholarship to
further the student's education. The award is given
for 10 years. The student must be involved in sports
and be someone who is liked by everyone.
Franco Kintzley was a person who
perhaps cannot best be described by words, but a person
who is remembered in the hearts and minds of all of
those around him.
The Award Criteria
The student must have participated In sports.
2. The students shows a lot of courage.
3. The student has a posiibe attitude toward school
4. The student I willing to help others.
5. The student Is a non-complainer.
6. The student I willing to treat all people equally.
The nominees will be voted upon by the entire staff
at Cache La Poudre Middle School.