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Debbie Kelley

Education Reporter

  • Muslim students embrace America, hope to teach others about their homelands

    Updated: Mon, Nov 17, 2014

    While their homelands may be fraught with strife and unrest, local Muslim foreign exchange students want Americans to know this: Just as Americans are not defined by the bad actions of a few, the same goes for people of Islam. "We have problems in Yemen, but it is a beautiful country...

  • Scrapbooking remains a passion for many in Colorado Springs

    Published: Sat, Nov 15, 2014

    Whatever happened to the scrapbooking craze? For longtime fans like Mona Szoke, it's alive and well. "Once you get going on it, it's addictive," said the stay-at-home mom from Colorado Springs. "It's a way to get away from everything. It's very therapeutic." Although scrapbooking...

  • Colorado Springs boy accepted for experimental leukemia treatment program

    Updated: Fri, Nov 14, 2014

    Compared to other kids his age, 11-year-old Aden Knar is bony and sickly looking. He walks hunched over and complains of body aches and pains. He's nauseated and weak. But compared to other children who have cancer, he's like Hercules, says his dad, Mike Knar. "For some reason, he...

  • Colorado Springs high school seniors join growing protest against standardized tests

    Updated: Fri, Nov 14, 2014

    Superintendents and school boards started a protest, and now, parents say it's their turn. "The beef is with us," said Jeff Kemp, 
father of two children who attend James Irwin Charter Schools in Harrison School District 2. Some local parents have joined what is amounting to...

  • Four local students ace the ACT

    Updated: Thu, Nov 13, 2014

    Four of the 22 students who achieved a perfect score of 36 on the ACT during the 2013-2014 school year are from the Pikes Peak region. All of the students were recognized at this week's State Board of Education meeting in Denver. The local students are: - Hailey Dikeman, Cheyenne...

  • Pikes Peak region's smallest school district gets big-district achievement

    Updated: Wed, Nov 12, 2014

    The Pikes Peak region's smallest school district is right there with the big guys. For the first time, Edison School District 54-JT, 50 miles east of Colorado Springs in Yoder, has earned an Accredited with Distinction rating in the state's annual review of district and school...

  • America's Top Teens searching for talent

    Updated: Wed, Nov 12, 2014

    A proposed television series, “America’s Top Teens,” is looking for students, ages 13-19, to be nominated for the pilot of a new video magazine. Teenagers who have overcome the odds, accomplished noteworthy achievements or have extreme talent will be considered. Students can nominate...

  • Colorado Springs woman tells students of her time in Hitler Youth

    Updated: Tue, Nov 11, 2014

    Jack Yamiolkoski first heard about Adolf Hitler last year from the patriotic comic book superhero Captain America, who fights various foes, including the Nazi Party. Jack, 10, asked his dad who that guy Hitler was. "He said he was a very bad man and he did very bad stuff," Jack said....

  • Lawsuit claims Colorado Springs school limits student's Constitutional rights

    Updated: Tue, Nov 11, 2014

    A dispute over what constitutes "free time" at Pine Creek High School and whether students can pray during that time has led to a federal civil rights lawsuit. A nonprofit legal organization, Alliance Defending Freedom, filed the suit in U.S. District Court in Denver on Friday, on...

  • Cheyenne Mountain Zoo hippo in failing health is euthanized

    Updated: Thu, Nov 6, 2014

    Wicket the hippo, who loved peanut butter sandwiches, pumpkins and pineapples, is gone. Veterinarians at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo euthanized the 45-year-old female Nile hippopotamus Thursday, after determining that it was the most humane action given her age and health, according to...