Denver Academy gala raises funds for tuition aid
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, firstname.lastname@example.org and @joannedavidson on Twitter.
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.