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Announcing 2018 Hall of Fame Honorees: Robran, Earls, and 2009 State Championship Basketball Team

Friday, September 21, 2018, 10:15 a.m. Assembly
Louisa Performing Arts Center
Audience: 5th - 12th Grade, Alumni, Parents, and Special Guests
Honoring the school’s founders with awards presented to alumni and past faculty/staff. This year’s honorees (so far) include those with impressive personal and professional accomplishments.

Drum roll, please….it is our pleasure to announce former faculty member and theatre teacher extraordinaire, Hela Robran and Mr. Basketball, DeLovell Earls ‘10, and the 2009 State Championship Basketball Team as our recent selections for Hall of Fame honors on Founders’ Day. Read these bios below.

Hela Robran
Hela Robran: Let’s raise the curtain for former faculty member from 1973-1976 and again from 1988-2004, Hela Robran, the former director of the Middle School and Upper School theatre program at The Colorado Springs School. In addition to theatre courses, Hela taught ESL (English as a second language), speech, and served as a dorm parent in Pourtales. During the 180-minute Unit Session Plan, she co-taught music, dance, and theatre. As Experience Centered Seminars (ECS) emerged, she led courses such as Playwriting featuring Lemonade Theater in which students created, produced, and performed at local elementary schools. She also loved taking students to London for internationally-focused theatre ECSs. Her students staged performances and shows in the Maytag Dining Hall, the Carriage House, the Trianon and eventually in the newly minted 300-seat Louisa Performing Arts Center, a space that permanently elevated the performing arts at CSS under the leadership of Head of School, Dr. Mary Flemke. She started the Revue, a variety show in which every student audition was granted an act. A hallmark of Robran’s teaching style allowed students to emerge with an appreciation of what’s on stage even if they didn’t become an actor. Robran was the first recipient of the Sarah Hoiles Faculty Award, she earned the E.E. Ford Award for Excellence in Teaching, and, in 1993, had the yearbook dedicated to her. Upon her retirement in 2004, she no longer came to campus every day but has maintained her presence as the “go-to” substitute teacher, and she still volunteers countless hours in the Green Room during rehearsals and shows. A distinguishing mark of Hela’s career allows her to say she has worked for every Head of School in our 56-year history except for one.
In dedication of a purposeful career that impacted the lives and self-confidence of students, we honor Hela Robran as a Founders’ Day Hall of Fame honoree.
DeLovell Earls
DeLovell Earls ‘10: While he may be best remembered as a dominant force on the school’s first-ever State Championship Basketball team in 2009 and being named Colorado’s 2A Mr. Basketball as a junior, De has amassed an impressive career beyond the Tutt Field House. While at CSS he stayed true to his first love and played soccer for the Kodiaks all four years of high school. As a sophomore on the Puppetry ECS, he nurtured a creative side which led him to the stage. He performed in the Revue as well as the spring musicals of Once Upon a Mattress and Oklahoma. Upon graduation, Earls attended the United States Air Force Academy Prep School followed by entrance into the Air Force Academy, playing basketball and earning his Bachelors in Science Management. Commissioned as a 2nd Lt. in 2015, he has since been promoted to 1st Lt. serving at the Los Angeles Air Force Base Space and Missile Command. Simultaneously to his military service, De has partnered with high school friends and teammates, Charles Lewis ‘10 and Andrew Smith ‘10 on an entrepreneurial venture as founders of Migrate Roller. The company recently shot footage for their Kickstarter campaign on the campus of CSS. It is with pride we announce DeLovell Earls ‘10 as an Athletic Hall of Fame Honoree on Founders’ Day.
2009 State Championship Basketball
2009 2A State Championship Basketball Team: A run for a state championship athletic title runs deep in the hearts and minds of high school athletes. It represents the talents of individuals coming together for a collective goal and a shared vision. Often times the most talented of teams are not able to pull off the win in the face of grueling competition. But the spirit and comradeship of the 2009 Boys’ Basketball team penned a headline of athletic firsts for The Colorado Springs School when they captured the school’s first-ever athletic state championship in the spring of 2009.
Team: Andre Brown ‘10, Ian Cullity ‘11, Chris Dailey ‘10, DeLovell Earls ‘10, Ethan Gilbert ‘09, Chance Golden ‘12, Ryan Hong ‘09, Charles Lewis ‘10, Santino Martinez ‘10, Ryan Moyes ‘12, Branden Patzel ‘09, Jay Robinson ‘12, Trent Runyan ‘09, Andrew Smith ‘10, Sean Xuan ‘09

Coaches: Dave Cortez, Doug Fewell, Dick Mosbach, Myles Johnson
It is with absolute enthusiasm we announce the 2009 State Championship Basketball team as an inductee into the Athletic Hall of Fame.

For more information on Founders’ Day, please contact Jessica L. James, Director of Development & Alumni Relations at or call (719) 434-3506.