Den­ver Acad­emy gala raises funds for tu­ition aid

The Denver Post - - FEATURES - By Joanne David­son

Den­ver Acad­emy was founded on the be­lief that ed­u­ca­tion isn’t a one-size-fits-all thing, that stu­dents are more likely to thrive when they are given the op­por­tu­nity to learn at their own pace and in their own way.

And since 1972, the pri­vate school at 4400 E. Iliff Ave. has achieved na­tional ac­claim for help­ing “di­verse learn­ers” in grades 1 through 12 push through chal­lenges as­so­ci­ated with such con­di­tions as dyslexia, at­ten­tion deficit dis­or­der and at­ten­tion deficit hy­per­ac­tiv­ity dis­or­der.

Classes are small — 12 to 14 max — and turn out stu­dents such as Crosby Gaeta, one of 100 re­cip­i­ents of the 2017 Em­peror Science Award spon­sored by PBS Learn­ing Me­dia and Stand Up to Can­cer.

Eight hun­dred high school ju­niors and se­niors from 44 states had ap­plied for the award that en­cour­ages stu­dents to ex­plore ca­reers in science, es­pe­cially can­cer re­search and care.

The prize in­cludes a Google Chrome com­puter and the chance to con­duct re­search in a lab, ei­ther in per­son, vir­tu­ally or a com­bi­na­tion of the two. Gaeta, who is about to be­come a se­nior at DA, is spend­ing the sum­mer as an in­tern for a lo­cal can­cer re­searcher. At Den­ver Acad­emy, she is a mem­ber of the Na­tional Honor So­ci­ety and the Stu­dent Se­nate, and serves as a stu­dent am­bas­sador, rep­re­sent­ing DA at var­i­ous com­mu­nity events.

Such spe­cial­ized ed­u­ca­tion comes with a price. Den­ver Acad­emy’s an­nual tu­ition is $25,700 for grades 1-6; $27,750 for grades 7-12. Thirty per­cent of the stu­dent body re­ceives fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance; $1.3 mil­lion in tu­ition as­sis­tance was granted last year.

The tu­ition as­sis­tance fund re­ceived a $375,000 boost at the school’s re­cent gala, a di­a­mondthemed din­ner, auc­tion and dance chaired by Lorie Lin­nell and held at the Brown Palace Ho­tel.

CBS4 an­chor Jim Ben­e­mann, the par­ent of a Den­ver Acad­emy alum, was mas­ter of cer­e­monies for the event that also in­cluded re­marks from teacher Sara Krell and par­ent Josh Dieringer and his son, Char­lie. Joanne David­son: 303-809-1314, par­ti­writer@hot­ and @joanne­david­son on Twit­ter.

Photos by Povy An­der­son, Spe­cial to The Den­ver Post

From left: Amanda Plank, past chair of the Den­ver Acad­emy gala, and her hus­band, Daniel; and Car­rie Burns.

Den­ver Acad­emy head­mas­ter Mark Twaro­gowski and Dr. Ed Callahan, chair­man of the Den­ver Acad­emy board of trustees.

Den­ver Acad­emy gala sil­ver spon­sor Rachel Petrie and Aaron Joyce.

Gala chair Lorie Lin­nell and her hus­band, Lloyd.

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