Local Principal Receives Prestigious Innovation Award

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Centennial High School principal, Tharyn Mulberry, received one of the highest honors Wednesday given by the Colorado Legacy Foundation and Governor John Hickenlooper.

Mulberry was presented the ‘Failure Supports Innovation Award’ by Governor Hickenlooper.

The award recognizes Mulberry for having “solutions based leadership”. Mulberry continued the Advanced Placement (AP) program at Centennial High School without any external funding support.

Officials with the district say Centennial has been recognized repeatedly for the high number of students who take part in and succeed in AP coursework.

According to a press release, Principal Mulberry is optimistic that one day every student in his school will take an advanced placement course by the time they graduate.

“We want to remove all barriers so that all our students can take the advanced courses,” Mulberry said. “We no longer want to gate-keep those upper-level courses. We want this to be a place where if a students wants to take an AP class, they can take it. We want all our students to have that experience.”

District officials believe the school is moving closer to that goal. They say that enrollment in the AP classes last year increased by more than 300 percent from about 100 AP courses being taken by students to over 400.

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