Stapp Inspires Educator Spotlight – 2019 Outstanding Graduate

Welcome back to our monthly Stapp Inspires Educator Spotlight! It’s hard to believe it, but we are at the end of another school year. We have enjoyed the privilege of traveling throughout the district for another year highlighting some incredible individuals. It’s been a journey and we hope you have enjoyed the ride as well. As we wind down another year, we want to focus not on an educator, but a graduate. A student who is an inspiration not only to their peers, but to the educators as well. This month we want to recognize 2019 Mead High School Graduate, Ryan Yancey. We had the opportunity to sit down with Ryan and we hope that you will be inspired and encouraged just like we were.


To say Ryan has a creative streak is a bit of an understatement. This young man has been creating short films since he was in 7th grade. This interest in film led him to take video production classes at the Career Development Center and become Adobe Certified in Photoshop, Premier, and Illustrator. This opened up several opportunities to create short films and enter them into different film festival competitions, both locally and internationally. At one such festival he had a film nominated for ‘Best Writing’. This past year he was the editor for MAV TV, a biweekly news broadcast for the High School. Thankfully, these are also online so you can see the talent and where this young man is headed. Take a look here!  He credits his time between classes at the CDC and his involvement with Mead High Schools Musical Theatre program as helping to build a foundation for his future.


It should be no surprise that Ryan is headed to the Colorado Film School after graduation. He made the observation that everyone is consuming media on a daily basis, but not everyone has what it takes to create that content. Ryan’s passion, dedication and curiosity to this space will no doubt serve him well as he continues his education. Ryan is still narrowing in on what aspect of content creation he wants to explore. He has a strong interest in writing and directing films. In addition to creating films, Ryan has explored both photography and graphic design. He has used these skills to help design programs, and posters for school performances.


Using these platforms, Ryan has been able to use his voice and those of his peers to elevate their thoughts and ideas. He is able to see how he can have a positive impact on the world around him through the use of media. His most recent project, “ The After Hours Incident”  highlights where Ryan is in his journey and where he is going.


As we wrapped up our interview, I asked Ryan if he had any advice he would like to pass on to the incoming freshman class. “Try a little bit of everything, even if it’s not a “fit” or something you normally would do. We have some great people at Mead High School, so don’t be afraid to go for it.”


We would like to wish Ryan and the entire class of 2019 congratulations! We can’t wait to see where you will go and what you will do next.


Stapp Inspires Organization Spotlight- The Longmont Chorale

Welcome back to our Stapp Inspires Organization Spotlight blog! If you are joining us for the first time, thanks for taking the time to stop by and check out who we are highlighting this month! Throughout the year we highlight different organizations that are making a positive impact in our community. At Stapp Interstate Toyota we believe that changing the world begins right here, in our backyard! We are proud to partner with and introduce you to the Longmont Chorale.

Longmont Chorale Logo

Did you know that we have had a community choir in Longmont since 1937? Formed as the Longmont Community Chorus and rebranded in the 1980’s to Longmont Chorale, the choir has been filling community with music for more than 80 years. One unique aspect of the Longmont Chorale is that it is open to all who want to sing. It is one of the only non-auditioned choirs left on the front range. Singers also have the opportunity to choose which concerts they want to perform in.


The Longmont Chorale is open for membership by signers of all ages and abilities, from the beginner who is trying their voice for the first time to the signer with years of experience under their belt. Since the Chorale is open to everyone, it is not unusual to see a high school senior singing side by side a senior citizen. This helps build a camaraderie between members. The Chorale have members who have been performing for decades. Through this open approach to a community choir, the Chorale seeks to enrich the lives of singers and patrons through the study, creation and performance of beautiful choral music.


The full Chorale currently performs four major concerts a year, featuring an extremely diverse repertoire across genes such as; Pops, Jazz, Showtunes, Hebrew, Celtic, Modern, new music and so much more. In addition, the Chorale hosts several smaller events with the Chorale Singers. The Chorale Singers perform at special events and gigs around our community. Any of these concerts can also be paired with other local groups. In the past the Chorale has partnered with guests artists, children’s choirs, symphony or band to bring a truly unique experience to the Longmont area.


The Longmont Chorale is also invested in supporting the youth in our community and the future of vocal music. To help encourage youth to participate high school students and college age students up to age 22 have their membership fees waived. In addition, the Longmont Chorale hosts their annual Youth Vocal Competition.  Winners receive a cash prize, the first place winner earns an opportunity to perform at a Longmont Chorale concert, and all participants receive valuable feedback from the judges.


A special thank you to the Longmont Chorale for enriching the lives of all our community members and bring us together in a way that only choral music can. We want to encourage everyone to take the time and attend a Longmont Chorale concert. You won’t be disappointed, as they say they are “Singing From Our Hearts To Yours!”