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The Future is in Good Hands: KDS Students Dazzle the Science World
The Future is in Good Hands: KDS Students Dazzle the Science World


Last year, some our amazing, young scientists competed in national competitions. Three students worked on a submission for the Army Corps of Engineers' "e-cybermission," a web-based science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) competition for students to explore how STEM works in their world, while working as a team to solve problems in their community. The group worked on coding to create an interface between different operating systems. They worked hard outside the classroom and developed skills in coding, teamwork and communication.

In second effort, another member of the Class of 2021 developed an experiment using PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) to test how astronauts' diet affects their microbiome for NASA's "Genes in Space" competition. She compared the gut microflora in mice on Earth and on the International Space Station (ISS) to see if there was a change due to the radiation and specific diet to which astronauts are exposed. Working independently, she researched how the microflora affects a persons' psychology and applied that to an astronaut's environment. The goal of her experiment is to help NASA develop diets for long-term space travel.

Congratulations, students!

Meet our Communications Team

Lisa Mortell

Lisa Mortell
Titles: Assistant Director of Communications
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School: (303) 770-7660 x324
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B.A. - English

"I love telling Kent Denver's stories. The amazing work of my colleagues and the accomplishments of our students provide endless inspiration!"

Since joining Kent Denver in 1998, Ms. Mortell has worked in various roles in the school's communications and development offices. She currently focuses on a wide range of communications, including social media, online newsletters, website content, print and digital publications and Summer at KDS marketing.

Jan Thomas

Jan Thomas
Class of 1976
Titles: Director of Communications
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School: (303) 770-7660 x295
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B.A. - Mass Communications
B.A. - Political Science
M.A. - Public Communications

"As a student, Kent Denver changed the trajectory of my life. Working here allows me to support the school as it offers that same transformative gift to others."

Ms. Thomas has an extensive background in higher education and corporate communications and marketing. Additionally, she formed, owned and operated a communications company for several years.

Amy Vucci

Amy Vucci
Titles: Communications Specialist
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School: 303-770-7660 ext. 207
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B.S. - Biology

A videographer, graphic designer and past member of the communications department at Johnson & Wales University, Ms. Vucci provides her creative expertise to Kent Denver in video, photography, graphic design, writing and editing.