CHESS TOURNAMENT

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Know how to dominate a chess board? Join us for our upcoming tournament open to ALL scholastic players, grades K-12 and USCF ID ranked players. The tournament will be a 4 round Swiss System Tournament. All players play every round, NO ELIMINATION. Come join us for PRIZES, CONCESSIONS and FUN on Saturday, December 9, 2017, 9am at Launch High School, 3115 Larkspur Drive, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80907.

Online registration is now closed for the tournament. Please register at the door.

Launch Freshman Sobral Start Up Winner

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to create a company in 54 hours? Launch High School freshman, William Sobral, wonders no more thanks to Startup Weekend Colorado Springs. Last weekend Entrepreneurs gathered to work on ideas and, over the course of the weekend, matured those ideas into viable businesses. A variety of business developers, programmers, designers and other enthusiasts formed six teams that worked tirelessly through the weekend to develop business models that they pitched to a panel of judges two days later. Our Launch High School student teamed up with a few Lockheed Martin folks: an engineer, a systems analyst and a commercial real estate developer.  William was, needless to say, the youngest entrepreneur on the team.

The weekend culminated with finalists’ presentations in front of a panel of judges with another opportunity for critical feedback and a selection of the overall best team. Judging criteria were lumped into 3 primary categories: validation, execution and business model design. The teams were given 5 minutes each to deliver their pitch, followed by another 3 minutes of question-and-answer time with the judges. During his team’s presentation and including the judges’ Q&A afterwards, the team deferred to William to answer almost all of the scientific/logistical questions.  He was not just a team member. He was responsible for much of the “how to” behind the team’s pitch.

 

William’s team won FIRST place! At the event finale, Courtenay Sobral, William’s mother was approached by Start Up Weekend coaches, judges and his team leader and told repeatedly William is a “prodigy.” What William learned – and the contacts he made last weekend are much more important than the $1,000 prize package or notoriety received. Sobral’s team also won at the UCCS pitch night and his team is now preparing their team pitch for official entry into the Regional Start Up competition.

In the first two years of Launch’s existence, our students have participated, placed and gone on to Denver’s regional competition. Congratulations, William Sobral, and all of our Launch High School Start Up winners!

Tuesday Night Information Meeting

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The MISSION of Launch, Colorado’s only high school for young entrepreneurs, is to empower graduates to create entrepreneurial opportunities towards shared economic & social prosperity. Join us tonight at the school at 5:30 pm. Learn more about Launch’s exciting self-paced personalized learning plan that meets the demands of our diverse student population with a wide range of academic needs.

Launch at What If Festival

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Because Launch will be at the What If Festival this weekend, our Saturday morning Information Meeting at the school has been canceled. We will be at booth 93 on the North side of the Pioneers Museum having fun with Sales Contests, Splashes of Color, and Synchronous Chess. Come and try your hand at creative selling. Add to a community art creation. Play a chess champ who plays up to TEN opponents at once! Come and spend the day playing, discovering, learning, and connecting to new ideas, people, and experiences!

Launch High School Students Accelerate Through High School Diplomas and College Degrees

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With Launch High School’s Self-Paced Program last year three students finished multiple years worth of classes in one year of school. Through our Concurrent Enrollment Program Launch students simultaneously earn college credits and diploma credits with each course – and Launch pays for tuition and books.

Even younger students take advantage of this program, as two of our 14 year olds are full time students at both Launch High School and Pikes Peak Community College. In fact seven Launch students are due to simultaneously graduate with a High School Diploma from Launch and an Associate Degree from Pikes Peak Community College.

FREE college degree AND a Launch diploma at the same time?

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Saturday Information Meeting

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Launch High School holds Information Meetings every Tuesday evening at 5:30 pm and every Saturday morning at 9:30 am. These meetings are a great way to learn about our innovative school, our philosophy, and meet staff that will be able to answer any questions you may have about Launch High School.