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Local awarded health scholarship

Mark Muller, a second-year nursing student at Southwest Colorado Community College, has been awarded the Southwest Colorado Area Health Education Center Scholarship for 2013.

The award was presented at a banquet honoring luminaries for the Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing. Muller, a Durango resident, juggles academics with family life and recently obtained his license as a Certified Nursing Assistant, all while maintaining high academic standards.

The community college offers an Associate of Applied Science degree in Nursing as well as a Nurse Aid certificate. Other health-related degrees offered at the branch in Durango are respiratory care, radiology technology and emergency medical technology.

Students, photographer to attend event

Allison Ragsdale Photography entered 10 of its Class of 2013 models into the Seniors Ignite Competition.

The winners chosen from four finalists were Emily Muller and Taylor Marshall, both of Durango High School. The girls will travel on an all-expenses paid trip to San Diego, Calif., to model for photographers from around the nation, including Allison Ragsdale Photography. The event will be held from March 3 to 6. Seniors Ignite accepts photographers from across the nation, and the photographers will help to make a portfolio for the models, which they can use to pursue professional modeling.

For more information, visit www.seniorsignite.com.

Blair Swearingen named to dean’s list

Blair Swearingen, a freshman neuroscience major at the University of Colorado, Boulder has made the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s List for spring semester 2012.

The dean’s list requires that a student hold a 3.75 or better GPA and be enrolled in at least 12 graded credit hours of coursework for the given semester. This achievement ranks Swearingen among the top students at CU. Swearingen is the daughter of Rod and Lana Swearingen.

College announces honors students

Southwest Colorado Community College announces that these students earned scholastic honors designation at the college’s Mancos and Durango campuses during the fall 2012 semester:

President’s List (4.0 GPA): Bayfield – Mark Muller and Kristin Snooks; Cortez – Eric Campbell, Bobby Glenn, Jason Neely, Zhjade Perales and Clay South; Dolores – Trudi Adams, Sarah Burton and Steven Hurst; Durango – David Christie, Melissa Garvey, Cherie Gibson, John Haynes, Tanya Hodges, Evan Jackson, Brandon Little, Robin Malara, Adrian O’Haver, Angela Perry and Jodi Roof; Ignacio – Brittney Benavidez and Kevin Davis; Mancos – Courtney Cannon; and Pagosa Springs – Leslie Horning, Angela Ochoa and Hope Scheppelman.

Vice President’s List (3.75-3.99 GPA): Bayfield – Brenda Berryhill; Cortez – Brandon Armstrong, Madeline Beck, Stacey Bradford, William Moosman and Sadee Threlkeld; Dolores – Mariah Baker and Cimber James; Durango – Dominick Frank, Sherri Haldorson, Dean Brown and Christopher Hernandez; Hesperus – Tavis Anderson; Ignacio – Babe Lansing; and Mancos – Cecil Larkin.

Dean’s List (3.5 to 3.749 GPA): Bayfield – Marissa Clauson and Jordan Qualls; Cortez – RandE Sherman, Aleigh Ibarra, Bianca Araiza and Jessica Winbourn; Dolores – Savanah Wright and William Murfield; Dove Creek – Shilo Howell; Durango – Amy Tanner, Heather Clark, Matthew Goodson, Phylicia Herrera, Hadley Barta, Marymorgan Russo, Brandon Stagner and Eliseo Hernandez-Salinas; Ignacio – Trae Seibel; and Mancos – Saul Arenivas and Kyra Rieb.

Local FLC students to study abroad

The International Programs Office at Fort Lewis College announces that these students will study abroad:

Taylor Hollandsworth of Durango plans to study abroad at Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica in Heredia, Costa Rica, for the winter 2013 semester.

Ruby Madigan of Bayfield plans to study abroad at University of Prince Edward Island in Charlotte town PEI, Canada, for the winter 2013 semester.

Remi Majeski of Durango plans to study abroad at American University of Sharjah in Sharjah, UAE, for the winter 2013 semester.

Caleb Rael of Durango plans to study abroad at Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica in Heredia, Costa Rica, for the winter 2013 semester.

For more information, visit www.fortlewis.edu/studyabroad.

Chocolate factory awards franchises

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in partnership with Steve Craig and Missouri Western State University, helped these entrepreneurial graduates acquire their own confectionery stores by awarding a RMCF franchise store to them in an applied entrepreneurship class at the university:

Erica Ricker 2009 – Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

Erik Garcia 2011 – Aspen Leaf Frozen Yogurt

Cassandra Schuster 2007 – Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

RMCF provides the new owners with start-up cash, a discounted franchise purchase, training, moving expenses and a mentoring program. Faculty at the university provides ongoing mentoring, consulting and assistance. Part of the program agreement is that the winner will pay off the start-up loan within 5 years and make a donation to the university that reflects the operating profits of the store.

For more information, visit http://rockymountainchocolatefactory.com or www.missouriwestern.edu.

Liberty announces winners of sled race

The Liberty School Community Service Club sponsored a cardboard sled race fundraiser and raised more than $750 for the Liberty School’s sister school, the Djabal Refugee Camp School in Sudan, Africa.

With this money, they can buy classroom supplies, books, teacher training and materials for facilities. Thanks to sponsors: Basin Printing, Eco-Restoration of Durango – Green Contracting, Bank of Colorado, Rotary Clubs of Durango, The Guandolo and North families, San Juan Hand Therapy, Mountain View TLC, ReDeau Furnishings and White Water Engineering.

Caleb Garst, Nate Foster and Liam Foster designed and built the fastest sled, “The Sardine Can.” Chris and Sam Atchison’s “Jaws” won most creative, and Caleb Collard and his brother and sister came in second with “Caleb’s Canoe.”

For more information, call 385-4834 or email thelibertyschool@live.com.

Local students attend scholastic reception

These students were recently recognized at the First-years Achieving Marks of Excellence reception Feb. 6 for earning a 3.25 or higher grade point average during their first semester at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs: Jacey Cox of Cortez; Shane Richmond of Ignacio; and Tevan Trujillo of Durango.

The Office of First Year Experience & Transfer Student Connections offers transitional, academic and student development support services to all freshmen and transfer students.

For more information, visit www.uccs.edu/fye.

Alexa Brennan receives degree

Alexa Brennan of Durango received a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting during the December 2012 Southern Methodist University Commencement ceremony in Dallas.

After the university-wide commencement, the university’s schools and departments held individual receptions throughout the day to honor graduates.

Haley Goddard named to dean’s list

Haley Goddard, a freshman environmental studies major at the University of Colorado, Boulder has made the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s List for Fall Semester 2012.

The dean’s list requires that a student hold a 3.75 or better GPA and be enrolled in at least 12 graded credit hours of coursework for the given semester. This achievement ranks Goddard among the top students at CU. Goddard is the daughter of Jeff and Susan Goddard of Bayfield.

Herald Staff