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HEAD OF SCHOOL MUSINGS

This school year, I'll be highlighting VCHS's greatest asset: its people. More importantly, I want to share with you what makes them tick - their purpose, their goals, their aims, their calling.

Sprinkle some French together with some Austrian and what do you get? Jean Claude (JC) Moritz and two iconic Vail restaurants: St. Moritz and La Tour. Like many early Vail pioneers, Mr. Moritz’s parents were on their way somewhere, stopped in Vail, and never left. Mr. Moritz with an older brother and a younger brother grew up in bucolic Vail, and he’s never left either.

A product of Battle Mountain High School, Mr. Moritz had the likes of Pat Phelan and Mike King as mentors, teachers and coaches. All-state in football and alpine skiing, he led the Huskies as a tight end, punter and cornerback all the way to a football state championship game. A Renaissance man, he also played drums for high school bands. In the 1980s you would have spotted him at the Red Lion in Vail playing bongos for Westwood. On the drums, he did his best to emulate, Neil Peart, one of his musical heroes. When he wasn’t playing sports or the drums, he was writing “hangman” programs, perhaps on his Radio Shack TRS-80 or Apple IIe. 

After high school, he was a football walk-on with the CSU Rams and after one year transferred to CU Boulder to play football for Bill McCartney. He was a member of the Buffaloes 1990 National Championship team. He graduated from CU with, guess what, a Computer Science Applications degree.

After his Boulder days, Mr. Moritz returned to the Vail Valley first working IT at Vail Resorts followed by starting his own company, DocApps.com. There were also several years in which he worked as the Director of IT at The Steadman Clinic which included writing software for world-renowned doctors. Today, Mr. Moritz continues his work with DocApps.com which includes serving both VCHS and St. Clare as IT Manager. At VCHS, he’s also heavily involved with all things Saints basketball both as Boys’ Varsity Assistant and JV/C Head. He loves how basketball provides a platform to teach young men life lessons, and he also gets charged from designing the “chess match” strategy for a WIN. 

Why does he give so selflessly to VCHS? He loves that our school stands for academic challenge coupled with a commitment to faith and spiritual formation. He also has a big servant’s heart wanting to see VCHS be the very best that it can be. He’s also a devoted husband and father married to Ellen and together they have three boys (Sebastian ’18, Purdue ’22, Alec ’20 and Theo ‘’23). As for hobbies, how can a Vail native not have skiing as one of them, but they also include anything outside, golf with Ellen, beach life and programming.

Cutting turns on Riva Ridge with his earbuds in, I imagine Mr. Moritz “aka Tom Sawyer” listening to a little Rush:

A modern-day warrior
Mean, mean stride
Today's Tom Sawyer
Mean, mean pride

Though his mind is not for rent
Don't put him down as arrogant
He reserves the quiet defense
Riding out the day's events
The river


Mr. Moritz, lives of purpose…

BRAVOS
CONGRATULATIONS to senior Jasmine Hartman-Budnik on her Finalist status for the National Merit Scholarship Program! In each annual National Merit Scholarship Program, about 50,000 academically talented high school students are honored, but only some 16,000 of them are named Semifinalists. Students who qualify as Semifinalists based on their performance on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test are the only program participants who have an opportunity to advance to the Finalist level and compete for National Merit Scholarships. About 7,500 of the outstanding Finalists will be chosen as Merit Scholarship ®  winners in the 2019 competition.
Congratulations to Coach Sheldon Kuhns for achieving his 200th career win on Tuesday, February 19th! The Boys and Girls District play continues this weekend in DeBeque. A live stream of the game will be available on Friday and Saturday via Instagram . GO SAINTS!

Read the full Vail Daily Article here! - 200 Career Wins!

Ensemble Competition Update
VCHS Ensemble received a 1 at CHSAA Solo and Ensemble. The soloists comprised of Langley Cerovich, Talia Tyler, AnaMaria Montes, Maddy Collom, Lauren Hilty, and Roy Valenzuela all received Superiors and Excellent on their solos.

The students sang in front of University judges who not only had specific criteria for judging but also did a short clinic with each of them after they sang.The experience was positive and inspiring as we look ahead in developing vocal expertise.


GOOD LUCK TO OUR VCHS SKIERS AT THE
STATE MEET THIS WEEKEND!
Orion Adelman
Kamryn Brausch
Kiana Brausch
Gretchen Pavelich

The Secret Sadie's Dance was a huge success and a whole lot of fun! The secret location was the Vail Golf and Nordic Club House! Students enjoyed a festive atmosphere with delicious food and awesome music! THANK YOU to Sheryl Engleby and Nancy Tellor for the planning of this event and all the other parent supporters, chaperones, volunteers and faculty who helped facilitate this special evening for our VCHS students!
FINE ARTS
SAVE THE DATE!
COUNSELOR'S CORNER
SENIOR SAINTS ~ Scholarship Deadline of March 1st for:
PARENT COMMUNITY
NEWS TO KNOW


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BOOSTER CLUB NEWS:

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City Market Value Card Fundraiser
Vail Christian High School Booster Club earns funds through City Market Community Rewards - an easy fundraiser everyone can participate in, all you have to do is register your Value Card online, shop at City Market & swipe the card! Annual registration required every January so please   register your card today !!! Once on the website, search for Vail Christian High School Booster Club or Organization Number: YB675.
Monday | 2.25
First day of spring sports

Tuesday | 2.26
Wednesday | 2.27

Thursday | 2.28

Friday | 3.1
Even Period and Late Start; Girls and Boys Basketball Regionals TBD

Saturday | 3.2
Girls and Boys Basketball Regionals TBD

Sunday | 3.3
Monday | 3.4

Tuesday | 3.5
CMC Math Competition; Shrove Tuesday pancake breakfast

Wednesday | 3.6
Ash Wednesday

Thursday | 3.7

Friday | 3.8
Odd Period

Saturday | 3.9
ACADECA State Competition

Sunday |3.10
A LL SAINTS FUND

For more information contact:

Robin Thompson, Executive Director
Philanthropy and Community Outreach
rthompson@vchsweb.org | 970-766-4130

ABOUT THE CHALLENGE

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