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2009 Graduate – Jessica Moe


Jessica MoeEnglewood’s beginnings are traced to gold. In the mid-1800s, prospectors on their way to California stopped in Colorado to pan its streams. One of these prospectors was a man from Georgia named William Green Russell. He and 12 other miners found gold in the South Platte River, and established a Placer Camp near the coming together of Little Dry Creek and the South Platte River in an area that would eventually become Englewood. This Placer Camp washed out more gold than they had found in all their previous prospecting, and triggered the beginning of the “Pikes Peak or Bust” gold rush of 1859.

The discovery of gold brought settlers to the area. In 1864 an Irish immigrant named Thomas Skerritt laid claim to a 640 acre homestead that encompassed most of present-day Englewood. Thomas Skerritt is now referred to as the “Father of Englewood.”

Other homesteaders followed in Skerritt’s footsteps and settled in the area. The fertile river valley was a perfect place for early homesteaders to plant fruit trees and other crops. The first woman homesteader, Hannah Higgins, filed a land patent on 40 acres in the area in 1868, and in the early 1870s, Jacob C. Jones purchased 80 acres from Tom Skerritt. Much of the early homesteaded land was eventually sold off to new arrivals and land speculators.

Even in the early days, the area’s residents placed an emphasis on education. Before there were any schools, classes were held for area children in the log cabin of John McBroom, an early settler in the area (The dawn of homeschooling?). The cabin was located near the South Platte River and Union Avenue. A pioneer mother worked for free as the “schoolmarm” because the early settlers couldn’t afford to pay her. In the late 1800s, Thomas Skerritt and Joseph Brown petitioned to have a school built. As a result, the Hawthorne School was built in 1892 on the southeast corner of Bannock and Oxford. Over the years, more schools were added to serve the growing population.

Citizens’ High School wants to introduce you to pure gold in the form of Miss Jessica Moe. Miss Moe graduated from Citizens last December. Jessica finished 3 academic years of high school in 390 days that is a mere 55 weeks (rounded down). Needless to say, she was motivated. It also bears mentioning that Jessica graduated with a near perfect GPA.

Jessica decided on Citizens’ curriculum and the home school method because the environment she was exposed to at her public high school made it a difficult to focus on her education. “Too much drama.” Now Jessica has here eyes clearly focused on the prize. The prize is to be an Orthodontist. That is a lofty goal. We here at Citizens’ have every confidence that she will achieve that goal. She has set an intermediate goal as a means to that end. Jessica is currently enrolled with the Concord Institute in Denver. She is studying hard to become a Dental Assistant. If she applies herself there like she did with the Citizens’ curriculum, she will turn Concord upside down. All of the staff here at Citizens’ are very proud of Jessica. She took the initiative to confront a less then optimum situation and find and alternative solution, a solution that worked very well for her.

Jessica Moe is Citizens’ High School
“Graduate of the Month” for April 2009.