Ouray students recognized as first responders for action on trip to D.C.

Ouray School juniors Griffin Holifield, Max Austin and Scout Manley are flanked by Washington D.C. police officers who hailed the quick reactions of the three first responders at an accident site during a recent school trip to the nation’s capital.

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by Mary Menz
news@ouraynews.com


At the start of the regular board of education meeting Monday evening, superintendent Scott Pankow acknowledged three Ouray High School juniors for providing immediate assistance to victims of a vehicle collision. They witnessed the accident while on a school history trip to Washington, D.C., last week.
Max Austin, Griffin Holifield and Scout Manley were returning to their lodging after dinner and leapt into action after the two-vehicle accident.
D.C. police commended the young men on their action, which stemmed from being trained as first responders by Ouray County Emergency Manager Glenn Boyd. Boyd is the skills instructor for a First Responders elective high school course the students took last year. It has been offered at the school since 2008.
“I’ve never been more proud than I am of these guys,” said Boyd. “They took what they learned in class and applied it on scene.”
Boyd invited the three students, their families and the school board to a commendation ceremony May 7 at 7 p.m. during the Ouray City Council work session. Ouray emergency responders will be there to recognize the three boys’ actions publicly.
The board also celebrated teacher librarian Cappi Castro, who was notified that her proposal to present at the Colorado Library Association’s October conference was accepted. Castro will present two sessions on incorporating primary sources into teacher lessons.

New start and end times cause conflicts for some
During public comment, parent Susie Greco-Perry expressed her frustration at what seemed like a quickly-made decision to change start and end times for students. School day start time will be 8:45 a.m. effective in September.  
“First, thank you for talking with me after my email to you. I represent the silent minority of people you might not hear from a lot,” said Greco-Perry. “I’m a working mother with [a police officer husband] who’s involved in the community. We often have scheduling conflicts.”
Greco-Perry said the nearly one-hour later start time creates challenges for...

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