Friday, January 3, 2014

UPDATE: Mayor Bach honors Springs' spirit

Posted By on Fri, Jan 3, 2014 at 10:40 AM

click to enlarge Diane Shuck and her Air Academy High cheer squad pose with Mayor Bach with their spirit award. - COURTESY CITY OF COLORADO SPRINGS
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  • Diane Shuck and her Air Academy High cheer squad pose with Mayor Bach with their spirit award.

UPDATE: The city communications office provided the following information about the awards program:

When was the Spirit of the Springs program launched?
August 2011

Who was the first recipient?
Air Academy High School Marching Band received the first Spirit of the Springs award for winning the 2011 state 4A marching band competition.

Purpose of the award
Celebration awards are presented to citizens who embody the Spirit of the Springs. The awards recognize people and organizations whose accomplishments or contributions bring great honor and pride to the City of Colorado Springs. This is based on one of the mayor’s goals to build community and celebrate and connect Colorado Springs.

Approximate number of recipients of the Awards
60 (Some were individuals and some were organizations/groups/teams)

Price of the Award
Glassical Designs, a local company, designs the award and each piece costs $51.05
Framed certificates are $12.20 each
45 recipients received a Glassical Award and 15 received framed certificates
(Grand Total: $ 2,480.25)
Note: A nominal amount was spent on paper certificates for each member of the teams that were recognized.

—————————ORIGINAL POST FRIDAY, JAN. 3, 2014, 10:34 A.M.——————————————-
Over the last two years, there have been plenty of noteworthy achievements in our community, many of which have received recognition through Mayor Steve Bach's Spirit of the Springs Awards.

As stated in a previous news release, the awards are "presented when a noteworthy achievement brings great honor and pride to the City of Colorado Springs or has been distinguished at a state, national or international level."

Here are a few examples:

May 2012:
Bob Condron was recognized for 28 years of service to the U.S. Olympic Committee from 1983-2012. He served as the Assistant Athletic Director and Sports Information Director at Southern Methodist University from 1971-1983 and Assistant Sports Information Director at Texas Tech from 1968-1971.

October 2012:
Jeremy Rice, a 9th grader at Colorado Springs Early Colleges, was honored for being "instrumental in saving the lives of the children riding the bus by coming to the aid of the bus driver."

November 2012:
Col. Martin France was praised for "leading immediate and ongoing recovery efforts following the Waldo Canyon Fire" in organizing more than 250 Air Force Academy cadets to support the neighbors with mitigation work in Mountain Shadows as well as Blodgett Peak.

Katie Boswell was honored for making a Starbucks store near Mountain Shadows "a second home and place of business for Mountain Shadows residents following the Waldo Canyon Fire. Katie who was evacuated during the fire also collected memorabilia to give to residents and coffee to donate to the firefighters." (The store has since closed, unfortunately.)

January 2013:
Diane Shuck, Air Academy High athletic director, and the Air Academy High School Cheerleading Squad for winning a National Citation from the National Federation of High School Associations. She was one of nine Athletic Directors from across the nation to win this award this year. The Air Academy High School Cheerleading Squad won the 2012 4A All-Girl State Cheerleading Championship.

March 2013:
Michael Miller, Cheyenne Mountain Junior High School’s German program director, which has been designated a German Center of Excellence by the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG). This year, Cheyenne Mountain is the only junior high school program to receive this high distinction.

July 2013:
The Colorado Springs Conservatory has been designated a 2013-2015 Exemplary School by Arts Schools Network, the nation’s largest professional membership organization of specialized arts schools.

December 2013:
Charis Bible College for "its great partnership in volunteerism projects with the City over the past two years."

Not all of the Spirit of the Springs observances are recognitions of individuals or groups, but rather point to community cohesion, such as this one from August 2012:

As part of his Spirit of the Springs initiatives, Mayor Bach invites volunteers to take an active role in cleaning up our city. Please join fellow community members on Friday, August 24 to assist with the Spirit of the Springs cleanup during the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in downtown Colorado Springs.
Twenty volunteers are needed for each of three shifts from 2-5 p.m., 5-8 p.m., and 8-11p.m. Please contact Brianna Goodwin at or 385-5476 to register and for more information.
“My wife Suzi and I are so proud of the Spirit of the Springs initiatives. It’s wonderful to be able to make a difference and help out during the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, which is a major event for our City,” says Mayor Bach.

The program, says city spokeswoman Krithika Prashant, will continue this year. She's researching how much the program costs, and we'll circle back when we hear from her. The program's costs would include the expense of making certificates and glass trophies for recipients.

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