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Mile High Awards 2013 Dave Sanders Columbine IT Scholarship to Alex Schmoutz

Thursday, May 23, 2013   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Larry A. Krupicka, CCP, CSP, Mile High Chapter

Mr. Alex Schmoutz , a graduating senior from Columbine High School, is honored by the Mile High Chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) as the 2013 recipient of the Dave Sanders Columbine Information Technology Scholarship at the chapter's monthly dinner meeting held on May 16th, 2013. Alex will attend the University of Colorado Boulder in the fall where he intends to major in Computer Science. 

 Alex Schmoutz (left) receives the Dave Sanders Columbine IT Scholarship from Larry Krupicka-Chair

In preparation for college, Alex has attended computer science classes studying programming, web development, operating system configuration, cyber security and database design.

Alex has also competed in CyberPatriot ( which is a national high school cyber defense competition and placed 2nd.

Scholarship Committee Chair, Larry Krupicka says that Alex was highly recommended by his computer science instructor Mr. William (Bill) Heldman who noted: "He is highly intelligent and self-directed. I am pleased to recommend Alex for any award or endeavor that furthers his continued pursuit of a technology education and subsequent career”.

Outside the classroom Alex enjoys the outdoor activities snowboarding and golf.

This scholarship was funded to honor the memory of Dave Sanders, who was a computer lab and business instructor at Columbine High School in Littleton Colorado until April 20, 1999 when he lost his life while helping students to safety during the Columbine shootings.

AITP is a national organization that provides quality IT related education, information on relevant IT issues and forums for networking with experienced peers and students preparing to enter the IT profession. The Mile High Chapter has been providing leadership opportunities, professional development and personal growth in Denver since 1952.

To learn more about the Mile High Chapter of AITP and this scholarship (including previous 12 scholarship winners) go to

Larry A. Krupicka, CCP, CSP
Chairman - Dave Sanders Columbine IT Scholarship Fund
Mile High Chapter of AITP
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Randy Storm Chapter President -


Steven L. Lashwood says...
Posted Friday, May 24, 2013
Congratulations to Alex and to Bill Heldman, who recognized the talent. The scholarship is one way that students of information technology are supported by AITP. AITP student chapters foster the collaboration of professions and the future community of practitioners. As an active member of the Mile High Chapter professional organization, I challenge professionals and students to build their network. As we all know, the positions in IT are often offered based on relationships formed in advance of a position announcement. Get up and get out... a dinner and a seminar builds momentum. Join us!

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