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In recent history, the 2A cross-country committee has been working to change scoring for both the regional and state competitions from a run 6 score 3 to a run 6 score 4 format. Three times this has come before the CHSAA legislative council, the group responsible for approving amendments to by-laws. Shining Mountain has taken an active role in working to ensure this change does not take place.

To provide you with some contextual background, there is no 1A classification for cross-country in the State of Colorado. That means schools ranging in size from 20 or 30 students to 286 students compete against one another. It is nearly impossible for the small schools in the state to find a 4th runner that can become an effective scorer and as such this change would take away their chances at a team state championship. Likewise, the proposed change would result in many schools failing to qualify for state through the regional meets. As this would become more prevalent, schools would discontinue their cross-country programs.

Our approach in opposing this change has been to focus on what is best for the student athletes at small schools while not negatively impacting the larger schools in the 2A classification. Our own cross-country coach, Tyler Haughness, has been instrumental in compiling statistics and information as well as speaking at Legislative Council sessions. Through my membership on the CHSAA board of directors I spoke to many athletic directors and superintendents from larger schools and districts to build up support against the change. We were joined by 3 other outspoken opponents at the January legislative council session.

I’m happy to report that this measure has once again been defeated by substantial margin. The CHSAA legislative council has done well to defend the small school student athlete and their opportunity to compete for team championships.

Mike Hawkes
Athletic Director

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mikehawkesI recently received an email from one of the Heritage Christian coaches who came for basketball games at Shining Mountain this season. This individual is the head Track & Field, Cross-Country and girls’ Basketball coach. He is not only a fantastic coach, but an equally great competitor who displays a high level of sportsmanship, while teaching his kids that hard work is enjoyable.  Please read his words and join me in congratulating our coaches and student athletes for being wonderful ambassadors of Shining Mountain Waldorf School and their respective sports.

Mike and Tyler,

Please pass this on to any appropriate administration, staff, family, or student:

I just want you guys to know how incredibly grateful I am for Shining Mountain High School, who it is, what it stands for, its leadership and students.

I shook my head in awe several times this past Saturday. Whether it was the basketball girls singing together the best pregame national anthem I’ve ever been a part of, the entirely gracious and supportive recognition of the coaching award I’d just received, the excellence in sportsmanship and leadership from coaches/Ad Hawkes and Haughness, I could go on and on. As a Christian institution we constantly try to be about great character, conduct, relationship, and sportsmanship. We sure don’t claim perfection in those pursuits, but I can’t tell you how much I have learned from Shining Mountain High School and its people along the way. Thank you so much for your example and your relationship, all of which mean more to me than you’ll ever know.

Please know how appreciated, respected, and admired you are today!

Thanks again,

Joe Packard
Heritage Christian Academy

Click here to hear our Girls Basketball team sing the National Anthem:


As a parent of a senior, I would like to offer a quick note about our athletics program here at SMWS.  Our two sons participated in both Shining Mountain athletics and outside athletics programs and the contrast is remarkable and striking.   The SMWS athletics program has adopted the Positive Coaching Alliance ( which is built on the premise of “double goal coaching”.  In short, instilling values to raise human beings AND athletes.   This has been the mantra of our wonderful Athletic Director, Mike Hawkes, and predecessors, John Hamilton and Mike Terborg, all instrumental in leading this movement at our school and attracting coaches who are trained in these positive coaching principals.  And these values are so harmonious with our school’s mission and vision as a Waldorf school.   Our athletes learn how to strive in a healthy way.  This healthy striving permeates to their holistic education, arts, music, academics, community service, their classrooms and communities.  

Please accept this invitation to come to the SMWS gym for a key conference match up against Rocky Mountain Lutheran on Thursday night, January 28.   This will be the most competitive conference foe this year for both the boys’ and the girls’ teams and is very important for tournament seeding.  This night will likely decide the conference winners.  The athletes would love to have the gym packed with a HUGE AND ROWDY crowd to ROCK THE HOUSE for this critical game!!  Does the crowd make a difference?  Totally!!  These are the games these players dream about….playing in front of a huge home crowd!!    

Along with the concerts, plays, assemblies, trips, and other events where the community is asked to show up and support our students, lets all show up and roar for these athletes who are in their final weeks of their Winter sports season.  The teams hope for both students and adults in the stands, standing and cheering for the momentum to swing!  When we introduce our home team’s lineups, that is your cue to rise and roar!!

Thursday January 28:  Boys JV is at 4:00, Girls Varsity at 5:00 and Boys Varsity at 6:30.

Also remember that Tuesday February 9 is Senior Night and a chance to give our Seniors a round of applause in honor and respect of their athletic journey.  Other home games are on 1/30, 2/13 and 2/16.  Then we’re on to the year end tournaments.  Watch the weekly for updates.


In Respect and Appreciation,

Mark Feigal

Proud Dad of Ray (2013) and Luke (2016)


mikehawkesWhile our own sports’ programs are great I felt the urge to honor those high school student athletes that participate outside of Shining Mountain. That’s right, if we do not offer a particular sport, high school student athletes are free to participate in those sports at other area schools. Below is a short snippet from a number of just such student athletes.


Ninth Grade

On November 1, SMWS freshman Noah Solt participated with Boulder-based Colorado Junior Crew (CJC) at the regional “Frostbite Regatta” in Wichita, KS, where crews from all over the mid-west met to compete on the waters of the Little Arkansas River. Noah and the rest of his 8-man crew took 2nd place, his 4-man crew rowed to 4th at the finish. Congratulations, Noah!

A number of our current freshman girls ride horses. These include Emma Beal, Sophie Kane and Alexa Espana. Alexa currently participates in IEA competitions in both jumping and flat classes.

Abby Leuchten races for the Boulder Nordic Junior Race Team (, which is part of Rocky Mountain Nordic. She also swims for the Boulder Elks ( Both teams have full meet schedules with the Elks taking place primarily over the summer. 

Evan Wiebe races road bikes and rides cyclo-cross for a team called Houndstooth Racing. This summer Evan took 4th place in the Colorado State Time Trial Championship on his road bike. Over the fall, Evan won two cyclo-cross races and finished 2nd four times. He is currently leading the Colorado Cross Cup Rider Competition in the 15-16 age group. 

10th Grade

Sophomore Marina Flandrick participates in USAG Xcel gymnastics for CATS and placed 3rd in all around at State this summer for her level which is Platinum. She placed 1st on beam, 3rd on floor and 4th on bars.

11th Grade

Ava Lowell practices gymnastics at CATS gymnastics in Boulder. She competes at the Xcel Diamond level which is under the umbrella of the USA gymnastics Association. Diamond is the highest level in the Xcel program. During 2015, Ava participated in seven competitions. In six of these meets she won first place All-Around. At the State Championship, she placed 1st on vault and on bars, 2nd on beam and 1st All-Around. This was her 3rd consecutive 1st place All-Around at the State Championships. 

Last year Chris Hoover played on the Monarch High Varsity hockey team and earned a letter. He is trying out again this year.  

12th Grade

Jordan Cherin has a big winter ahead. In addition to basketball, Jordan is going to be tearing up the indoor track circuit. His first meet is in Golden on December 12th. Jordan has been specializing in long sprint events and will be running the 400 meter dash at that meet. He will be competing against collegiate runners throughout this indoor season and has high goals of setting new personal records, as well as gaining race experience.

Gray Hill has played JV and Varsity lacrosse at Alexander Dawson for his entire high school career. Last year, as a junior, he received an award for the Academic All State Team.

Mahito Henderson has played hockey at Monarch and was part of their state runner-up team last season. He is now playing on a club midget major AA team and has won three tournaments. One of the tournaments is called international Silver Sticks and the team traveled to Canada to compete. Additionally, they won their league championship (which is also the state championship), giving them a birth in the Virginia-based National tournament.

Mattijs Ossorio plays hockey for the Superior RoughRiders in the WSHL junior hockey league. It is a 16-20 year old league. Prior to the RoughRiders Mattijs played three years of Monarch High Varsity hockey. During all three of these years the team played in the state championship game.

Please join me in congratulating and celebrating all of our student athletes. GO LIONS! 



mikehawkesAfter nearly 20 years we decided to completely refinish the gym floor in the Festival Hall. First came the design process. After attending a basketball camp at the University of Wyoming, we obtained our inspiration and a two tone design was born. The idea was to show off the natural beauty of the wood while adding visual interest in the overall design. Next came the actual work. Various crews performed sanding (down to bare wood), striping (the application of the lines and stripes to the floor, a very mathematical process), followed by the application of the lettering and artwork. The lion at center court appears to be an inlay, a testament to the artistry. The student athletes and the entire athletic department could not be happier with the results. 

Our gym is a shining example of the pride we have in our school, not only to our community, but to every visitor that enters the Festival Hall. The new floor also adds to the safety of our student athletes. After nearly two decades of skim coats being applied, the floor never really achieved the “stickiness” necessary for optimum playing conditions. Come visit the gym for a home game and take in the beauty of the space, as well as to cheer for our amazing teams.


The Athletic Resource Action Committee (ARAC) has been working to create some simple fundraisers for the athletic department.  These events are aimed at supporting local businesses.  We currently have two dates lined up with local eateries during which they will share a percentage of their proceeds with us.  All you need to do is grab some food and mention Shining Mountain.  Tell your friends and families.

 pizza-revOctober 6 – Pizza Rev | 1650 28th Street

New to Boulder, Pizza Rev allows you to create your own custom personal pizza that is cooked in a wood oven.  We took the senior class a couple of weeks ago and everyone enjoyed it. 

cpkNovember 9 – California Pizza Kitchen | 1711 29th Street

Serving great pizzas since 1985.  Visit CPK for a relaxed evening with your friends and families.  You’ll enjoy the experience.


Awesome turnout for the first annual Campus Care Day! We had 60+ members of our student athlete community show up for a day of working to display Shining Mountain pride. THANK YOU ALL!




Rising SMWS Senior, Luke Feigal, featured on Channel 9 News with a beautiful play in the American Legion Western Regional Baseball Tournament!