The file below is my autobiography, it was written in the beginning of my senior year:
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Code of Ethics

My high school career has been diverse and exciting, a ton has happened in the last three and a half years so rapidly that it nearly makes my head spin. I began high school at Colorado Rocky Mountain School, a small private school in Carbondale, CO. CRMS provided the perfect foundation for the rest of my education, academically demanding, the school also allowed access to extensive extracurricular activities from blacksmithing and glassblowing to a week long mountain biking trip in Utah to feeding and gathering eggs from the school chickens. The greatest gift that CRMS gave me was a true love of the outdoors, a ten day backpacking trip in the hunter/frying pan wilderness outside of Aspen, CO, is the first thing that entering freshman do before the school year begins. This wilderness experience, combined with growing up in the mountains taught me to really respect nature. During that trip I learned about LNT, leave no trace, that is, an area should look better when you leave than when you arrived. Obviously LNT specifically applies to back-country use, but it can easily apply to anything, always try to help or improve a location or situation.
    Treat people with respect, do unto others as you would have them do unto you. If you say you're going to do something, do it, your word is only as good as you make it and a man is nothing if his word is worthless. Flaky people are just a waste of time.
    We live on an amazing planet and today we collectively have access to more resources and man power than ever before in human history, my only question is this: Why with all of our technology and knowledge do we still allow people to suffer and live lives void of opportunity? We have the means to make this world perfect, there doesn't have to be a single destitute, sad, lonely, broken, or worthless person on this planet, and yet there are millions upon millions of them. The current system is flawed, and I pray that the generations currently ruling the world will start fixing some of the problems they and those before them caused because sooner than I'd like to think it's going to be my generation and then my kids dealing with this mess that today's society truly is.

An Outward Bound week long course for grieving teens that I attended last summer after my mom (Carol Rothrock) passed away in January of 2010 during my Junior year. RIP mom, I love you. The photo and article below were featured on the front page of the Denver Post. Copy & paste the link into your browser to read the article.

Miranda Schumacher, 15, left, and Colton Mingledorff, 16, participate in Heroic Journey, where teens who have lost loved ones get grief support woven into an Outward Bound curriculum. Kathryn Scott Osler, The Denver Post Read more: Teens scale mountain of grief in outdoor course in Colorado - The Denver Post

San Juan Island Sailing with Sailish Sea Expeditions

In the spring of 2010 my cousin Amy invited me to come visit her in Seattle and to see where she works. She was working with a program called Sailish Sea Expeditions, it is a program that does science/ sailing trips for kids and teens in the San Juan islands, North West of Seattle, WA. The boat belongs to Four Winds summer camp and during the off season Sailish operates it for revenue and to keep it from just sitting in storage. The trip I got to go on lasted for a week, the kids were a group of 4th/5th grade Montessori students from Boulder, CO. It was really an amazing week, the Pacific Northwest is a great climate. I learned tons about sailing. Its very cool that there are jobs like this out there. I had so much fun hanging out on the boat and exploring the smaller undeveloped San Juans. I was super lucky to be able to participate in this trip and I would tell anyone who is given an opportunity to do something you've never done before to seize the chance before it's gone.

Senior Trip - Hopi Reservation in Arizona.

Below is a slide-show which more or less summarizes the trip. It was amazing to learn about some true Native Americans and be immersed in their culture for over a week. We did all kinds of things from seeing an authentic Katchina (rain) dance to a bunch of service work including herding cows, painting an elderly woman's new home, and clearing a field for our host Lee to plant more corn in.
Yampah orientation and team-building activities '09.