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2016 Hall of Fame

BOB LOVERIDGE (Class of 1974) while in high school, worked as a ski instructor in Loveland.  At that same time, Loveland started a Blind Skier Program where he did volunteer work. This became a very choice experience to reflect back on. He witnessed a young man change his outlook on life when he realized that he could do things he never dreamed he could do. This set the stage for involvement in service that would touch people’s lives. Bob served a mission for his Church and has continued serving in many different capacities such as working with the youth, teaching early morning Seminary, and adult Sunday school.His desire to be involved with the community included coaching youth sports and serving as a volunteer Probation Officer.  He served on several special issue committees in the City and was appointed to the Board of Adjustments.  Bob served as Athletic Booster Club President and was involved in other school committees while his sons were in high school.Bob was elected to the Apex Park & Recreation District Board where he served for 14 years. This involved many projects such as the Apex Center, Indian Tree Club House, the Field House, ball fields along with many other projects the community continues to enjoy.  In 2014, Bob was elected to the Arvada Fire Board and currently serves as President.
Professionally, Bob is a general building contractor. The first home he built was started a year out of high school.  For the past 23 years, Bob has served on the Jefferson County Building Code Board and continues in that role today. He is also a member of CertainTeed’s Advisory Board.

CHERYL ROSS ANNETT (Class of 1966) after graduating from Arvada West High School, attended the University of Colorado, Boulder.  Her master’s degree is in arts in education.  Her first job was teaching in southern California for Pomona Unified School District.  After six years, her first husband joined the Department of State and took a position in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.  Cheryl taught “foreign” students in a Saudi school but the instruction was in English.  The student population was a microcosm of the universe.  One Swiss student spoke 5 languages. It was a wonderful and humbling experience. Cheryl was a leader and active participant with the Colorado Mountain Club.  She climbed all 54 of Colorado’s 14er’s.  For the millennium, she and her husband climbed Kilimanjaro in Africa. As world travelers, they have a great appreciation and love for their native Colorado and the Rocky Mountains. Cheryl volunteered 10 years for The Colorado Trail Foundation putting up public library displays. She continues her 22 plus years of work on Christmas Cheer for the Lakewood Police Department. Cheryl is a signature member of The Colorado Watercolor Society and a member of Mountainside Art Guild and Park Hill Art Club. Cheryl’s watercolor paintings can be found in the Georgetown Gallery on 6TH Street in Georgetown, CO.  Cheryl is an avid gardener and hiker, which becomes apparent in her choice of subjects for her watercolors. These activities inspire her to try to capture the beauty of the natural world in her paintings. While teaching, Cheryl’s goals were to help younger generations appreciate, care for, and preserve the natural world.  Students adopted the street in front of the school for cleanup.  The students worked and raised money to purchase 10 acres in Ecuador through Rain Forest International.  For two years, the students participated in the Woods Hole, Massachusetts, Adopt-A-Whale Program.  These are just a few examples of how we can all make a difference.  Cheryl’s journey has been blessed.Cheryl is a founding member of the Arvada West High School Foundation. She started the Foundation because it was the right thing to do. Cheryl and her husband believe in helping others achieve their dreams and goals.

CRISANTA DURAN (Class of 1998) is in her third term representing central Denver’s District 5 in the Colorado House of Representatives. She currently serves as majority leader, the No. 2 leadership position, and is the most likely person to become Speaker of the House in 2017 and 2018. Before being elected to the caucus leadership, Rep. Duran was chairwoman of the legislature’s powerful Joint Budget Committee. The 2014 state budget drafted under her leadership was notable for its significant increases for K-12 and higher education. Rep. Duran has been the House’s leader on economic development. In the 2015 and 2016 sessions, she coordinated and marshalled strong bipartisan support for more than a dozen new laws to boost Colorado businesses and train Coloradans for the good-paying, highly skilled jobs our modernizing economy is producing. Rep. Duran is also known for her 2013 law making the in-state tuition rate at state colleges and universities in Colorado available to all students, regardless of immigration status, who graduate from high school in Colorado after attending for at least three years. She is a sixth-generation Coloradan with a law degree from the University of Colorado, where she was president of the Student Bar Association and the Latino Law Student Association. Her bachelor's degree is from the University of Denver, where she was a double major in public policy and Spanish. And all this achievement has come since graduating from Arvada West High School in 1998.

KELLY KIRCHMAR-HEGER (Class of 1985) after graduating from Arvada West High School, attended Colorado State University, graduating in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication Disorders and Speech Science. She continued her studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder, receiving a Master of Arts Degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She has focused her career as a Speech-Language Pathologist on family focused early intervention speech and language services. She has proudly been collaborating and advocating for Colorado's families and children in schools, children's hospital and private practice. Kelly received the Parent to Parent Outstanding Service Provider Award for her innovative and fully inclusive classes, "Sing and Sign" in 2002. Beginning at Arvada West, Kelly has been a passionate coach and fan of the Special Olympics and was honored to carry the Special Olympics torch with her long-time friend, Heather, as it made its journey to the World Games in Los Angeles in 2015. More recently, Kelly has also been an advocate for translational oncology after her Scottish Terrier, Kadie, fought, and won, her own battle with liver cancer. Kelly and Kadie took a "cancer-free" celebration road trip to see the ocean together for the first time, which she later published as a children's book, the proceeds of which have benefitted CSU's Flint Animal Cancer Center's OneCure Program, and Children's Hospital's YAPS (Youth and Pet Survivors) Program. Kelly met and married the love of her life, Steve, while they were both volunteering for the National Sports Center for the Disabled. They live together in Westminster, Colorado, and enjoy skiing, golfing, hiking, traveling, and exploring the beautiful state of Colorado.

LARRY GREEN (Class of 1967) moved with his family to Arvada in 1961, almost across the street from the new construction of Arvada West High School. During his time at Arvada West, his primary interest was sports, although he enjoyed history, geography, and some parts of physics. After high school, Larry attended Northern Arizona University, focusing his studies on journalism and science. In 1971, he earned his BA in Speech with an emphasis on Radio and Television from Colorado State University. His career took him to Tucson, where he worked at KGUN-TV and KVOA-TV as a reporter, photographer, producer, news anchor, sports anchor, and eventually weather reporter. With the new weather job, a lot of work with the help of the University of Arizona was needed to bolster the meteorological credibility.In 1977, he was hired by KMGH-TV in Denver to be their main weather reporter. His next career move would be his last. KCNC-TV hired Larry in 1982 to co-host a new afternoon news program called “First News.” This successful program continued for 24 years, until his retirement. Shortly after First News went on the air, Larry was asked to take over the weather reporting duties at KCNC. This he carried out along with First News.For his outstanding achievements, Larry has been awarded three regional Emmys from National Association of Television and Radio Arts and Sciences for news and science reporting. He received the Silver Circle Award from NATAS for broadcast excellence and community service. He has also been recognized by the YMCA, Salvation Army, and Colorado Historic Preservation. Currently, Larry lives in Magnolia Springs, Alabama with his wife Amy. There they do volunteer work, fish occasionally, groom a big yard, and dabble in painting, pottery, and furniture making. Larry got his Master Gardeners Certificate but still hasn’t grown the perfect tomato. With all the perks of living in southern Alabama, his summer months are still spent in Larry’s beloved Colorado.

RON ROSSI (Class of 1967) lettered in gymnastics three years, basketball two years and tennis three years while attending Arvada West.  He earned All-League status in basketball and tennis for Jefferson County and was inducted into the Arvada West High School student Hall of Fame.  Ron continued his education at Colorado College lettering in diving three years and basketball four years before graduating in 1971.  His teaching career in math has taken him to Arvada High School, twice, 1971-1976 and 1993-2004, Lakewood High School, 1976-1993, and Holy Family High School, 2004-2016. He is currently teaching physical education at Holy Family. His background in sports has served him well. Ron has been coaching high school athletics for 46 years. He coached diving at North Jeffco/Maplewood, 1967-1974, was Head Gymnastics Coach at Arvada High School, 1971-1974, Head Tennis Coach for both boys and girls at Arvada and Lakewood High Schools, 1972-2002, Assistant Basketball Coach at Arvada High School, 1971-1976, Head Boys’ Basketball Coach at Lakewood High School, 1976-1993, and Head Softball Coach at Arvada High School, 1997-2004. Ron has been Head Girls’ Basketball Coach at Holy Family High School since 2004 and continues in that role today. Ron’s career has not been without recognition. Ron has been named Jeffco Coach of the Year in three different sports: tennis, basketball, and softball.  In 2008, he was awarded All-Colorado Girls’ Basketball Coach of the Year.  In 2013, Ron was inducted into the Metro League Hall of Fame. He received Girls’ Coach of the Year in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2014, and Girls’ Basketball Coach of the Year, 2009-2014 for the Metro League.  He was named Colorado 3A Girls’ Basketball Coach of the Year in 2008, 2011, 2013, and 2014. His career at Holy Family High School has not been without its own accolades. As Head Coach for girls’ basketball, he has lead them to six 3A championships and one Final Four in 2016 and was named Tri-Valley Girls’ Basketball Coach of the Year in 2016. Ron continues to give to the athletic community with 46 years of teaching basketball at camps, 30 of those years as Gold Crown Foundation Basketball Camp Director. Ron isn’t finished yet. With 442 current head basketball coach victories, his goal is to reach 500. His path is sure to see him cross the finish line.

STEVEN TAYLOR (Class of 1975) is well-known to audiences throughout the Rocky Mountain region for his beautiful, expressive singing, and dramatic interpretations. Steven’s versatile professional singing career ranges from opera and oratorio, to musical theatre, gospel and jazz.  He has appeared with major symphonies in the west, including the Fresno Philharmonic, San Antonio Symphony, Cheyenne Symphony, the Colorado Symphony, and the Denver Brass to name a few; and onstage with Boulder’s Dinner Theatre, Central City Opera, Opera Theatre of the Rockies, Crested Butte Theatre, Aspen Theatre, and fifteen seasons with Opera Colorado.
Recent engagements include Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem with Stratus Chamber Orchestra and the St. Martin’s Festival Singers, the Mozart Requiem with the Pro Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra, Mendelssohn’s Elijah with Littleton United Methodist Church Fine Arts Series, the Brahms Requiem with the Jefferson Symphony, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Arapahoe Philharmonic, Handel’s Messiah with Musica Sacra, and Christmas with the Denver Brass and LEGACY Quartet. Significant engagements have included Britten’s War Requiem with Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, and perhaps most notably, Steven made his Carnegie Hall debut in April of 2015, singing the baritone solos in both Mozart’s Coronation Mass, and Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem in a concert titled, “Grant Us Peace” presented by DCINY (Distinguished Concerts International New York).  Steven has recently been asked to return to Carnegie to perform the baritone solos in Faure’s Requiem in March of 2017.As a member of the internationally acclaimed Gospel Quartet, LEGACY, Steven has performed concert tours in Australia, Canada, Cuba, and South Korea.Steven received his undergraduate and master’s degrees in vocal performance from the University of Denver, Lamont School of Music.  He has taught at UNC in Greeley, and currently serves as the Dean of the School of Music at Colorado Christian University.