Nebraska college awards scholarship
Elizabeth Thomas of Bayfield has been selected for scholarship assistance to attend Chadron State College in Nebraska this fall.
Thomas, who plans to study clinical laboratory science, has been awarded the Gold Presidential Scholarship. The scholarship, which is awarded based on academic merit, pays full tuition for four years, an approximate value of $17,300.
Thomas will graduate from Durango High School this spring. She is the daughter of James Thomas and Dawn McDermond.
DHS students, teams earn all-state honors
Durango High School had 74 spring athletes and Colorado High School Activities Association-sponsored activity participants who received CHSAA Academic All-State achievements.
To earn this status, a student must be a significant contributor on his or her athletic team, or a major contributor in his or her activity; meet specific academic criteria of the program; be a participant in one or more CHSAA-sanctioned activities; and be a junior or senior in academic standing. These students also must be a letter winner or equivalent in the activity nominated.
b First team honors are given to junior and senior students with cumulative 3.60 or higher grade-point average and include: Band: Sarah Ivey, Ian Junkermann and Kevin Taylor; baseball: John Bernazzani, Easton Garcia, Joseph Keresey and Jake Siekman; boys lacrosse: Tyler Gordon, Zane Bilgrav, Will Jernigan, Kaviram Pool, Hayden Siekman and TJ Trump; girls lacrosse: Katelyn Bergl, Rachel Giersch and Leah Collin Marshall; girls soccer: Emily Barney, Shannon Johnson, Erin Maxwell, Amanda McAliney, Brooke Milliet, Meghan OBrien, Abby Surmeier, Blair Swearingen, Jessica Thulson, Amanda Urban and Sarah Zemach; boys swimming: Austin Miller and Carl Sallee; girls tennis: Kari Bjorlin, Julia Lawton, Julia Nass, Magenta Reynolds, Kelsey Smith and Ellen Southworth; boys track: Jared Blake and Taylor Graham; girls track: Morgen Dorsey, Karli Foreman, Lindsey Jankowski, Miranda LaShell and Nora Schweitz; orchestra: Barbara Fischer and Brian Hill; and vocal: Nicole Copeland, Conor Sheehan, Matthew Simonsen and Tayler Smith.
b Junior and senior students with cumulative grade-point averages 3.30 to 3.59 earned honorable mention recognition and include: Band: Alena Egner and Michaela Neale; baseball: Clayton Haidaris, Daniel Rowley, Marcus Sansoni and Matthew Singley; girls golf: Chelsea McSparren and Alexa Whalen; boys lacrosse: Paul Bikis and Dustin Hudgens; girls lacrosse: Alison Millar; girls soccer: Raquel Delgado, Karlee Mulkey, Savannah Seiter and Tessa Wickstrom; boys swimming: Peter Bussian and Kyle Odin; girls tennis: Lauren Adams, Hannah Davies and Gina Gates; boys track: Avery Llewellyn and Evan Rathbun; orchestra: Quinn Black, Hayley Foran, Michaela Neale and Elroy Smith.
b DHS had three teams/activities named to the CHSAA Academic All State Teams. In order to qualify for the CHSAA Academic All State Teams, varsity teams must have a cumulative 3.5 GPA or above. The teams are: Girls soccer (3.58 GPA): Emily Barney, Marlene Connor, Raquel Delgado, Shannon Johnson, Amanda Jones, Cora Kilgo, Erin Maxwell, Amanda McAliney, Brooke Milliet, Karlee Mulkey, Meghan OBrien, Stephanie Ogier, Savannah Seiter, Abby Surmeier, Blair Swearingen, Jessica Thulson, Amanda Urban, Tessa Wickstrom, Stephanie Wilson, Taylor Woolverton and Sarah Zemach; girls tennis (3.53 GPA): Lauren Adams, Kari Bjorlin, Hannah Davies, Eva-Loo Edwards, Gina Gates, Melanie Hamilton, Tyler Jameson, Julia Lawton, Sierra Lillard, Julia Nass, Magenta Reynolds, Kelsey Smith, Ellen Southworth and Jamie Wanzek; girls track (3.50 GPA): Kaylee Blevins, Morgen Dorsey, Karli Foreman, McKenna Franzen, Hannah Hwang, Lindsey Jankowski, Erin Kinney, Miranda LaShell, Lauren McMunn, Tiffany Morlan, Natalie Neve, Amy Raulston, Nora Schweitz, Mackenzie Sill, Dominique Ward and Madeigh Winsor.
9-R teachers, staff receive recognition
The Durango Foundation for Educational Excellence celebrated Durango School District 9-R staff members contributions to the education of students May 5 at the 9-R Employee Appreciation Event.
All 9-R employees were invited to nominate fellow staff members to receive honors at the event. From a total of 67 nominations, these 9-R employees received Employee of the Year honors: Charles Ford, High School Teacher of the Year; Andy deJong, Middle School Teacher of the Year; Sallie Kautter and Robin Oliger, Elementary School Teachers of the Year; Clint Jacobsen, Vicki Kuan and Paula Schaub, Non-Teaching Staff Members of the Year.
For more information, visit www.dfee.net.
Fort Lewis Mesa names Roadrunners
Fort Lewis Mesa Elementary School announces that these students were named Students of the Month for April for showing confidence: Taylor Park, Dalton Garrett, Mckenna Langford, Austin Albrecht, Ryan Caldwell, Patrick Thornton, Isaac Welker, Lola Bradshaw and Kacie Slade.
These students demonstrated exemplary behavior in confidence and were deemed Roadrunner of the Month.
Animas High teacher receives an award
The Jared Polis Foundation announces that Johnathan Fisher, a teacher at Animas High School, was honored in the foundations 10th annual Teacher Recognition Awards.
The foundation releases a request for colleagues, principals, parents, students and community members to nominate a strong, effective teacher. All nominees must be Colorado Kindergarten to 12th-grade public school teachers. An external review committee chose 15 teachers to honor. The 15 honorees are awarded a $1,000 personal award and a $1,000 teacher-directed school grant; all of the honorees are honored at the awards ceremony.
Lions Club announces scholarship winner
The Durango Lions Club has awarded its annual Hoyt Miller Scholarship to 2011 Durango High School graduate Garhett Stafford of Durango.
Garhett plans to use the $1,000 scholarship to attend Colorado State University and work toward a degree in kinesiology-health science and business.
In choosing a recipient each year, the Lions Club considers not only strong academic achievement but also a commitment to community involvement as exemplified by the Lions motto of We Serve.
Bayfield student places in competition
Bayfield Skills USA Student Seth Janus received first place at state in cabinet-making and will attend the national competition.
Janus competed in the cabinetmaking contest from April 13 to 15 at Pickens Community College in Aurora. Students had to construct a small cabinet with a drawer in a timed eight-hour event.
Janus also finished first last year and competed at nationals. He will travel to Kansas City in June to compete again nationals.
Janus, also the clubs president, will attend WyoTech for diesel mechanics this fall.
Durangoans graduate from Montana college
These students graduated May 7 at the 114th commencement ceremony at the University of Montana Western in Dillion, Mont.
b Ty L. Bricker of Durango received a bachelors degree and graduated magna cum laude.
b Sarah Lloyd Hyde of Durango received an associate and a bachelors degree and graduated cum laude.
FCCLA students place at competitions
Susie Francis, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America sponsor, announces that Durango High School sophomores Kelsey Gaskins and Kelly Henderson earned silver medals for food innovation at the Family, Career & Community Leaders of America State Leadership Conference held April 7 and 8 at the Denver Tech Center Marriott.
Gaskins and Henderson created a marketable frozen family meal high in protein and low in sodium. In addition, they put together two focus groups to test their meal, created a project board and presented their findings to a team of judges.
Seniors Brittany Hammond and Alena Egner and sophomore Brie Cramer earned silver medals at FCCLAs Food Events Culinary Arts Star Foods Competition in the occupational category April 22 at Johnson & Wales University in Denver.
Hammond, Egner and Cramer competed against 15 other teams and created a full-course meal including dessert in one hour after being given the menu and recipes upon arrival at the event.
Local students place at state science fair
These local students placed at the 2011 Colorado Science and Engineering Fair:
b Junior Division Best Team Project, first place, Anne Mummery and Elizabeth Gervais, seventh grade, Miller Middle School, Spilled: A Study of Oil Spill Dispersants and Their Toxicity to Marine Life. Mummery and Gervais also received the category team award in the Junior Division Environmental Sciences. They received a $200 certificate and a plaque.
b Senior Division Best Team Project, second place, Tucker Leavitt and Samuel Kater, 10th grade, Animas High School, The Effects of Ionization on Spark Energy Content II. Leavitt and Kater also received the category team award in the Senior Division Physics and were awarded a $75 certificate for their project.
b Junior Division Chemistry, honorable mention, Aileen Flanery, sixth grade, Miller Middle School, How Crude: Oil vs. Dish Soap.
b Hannah Looman, a Miller sixth-grader, was awarded a $30 certificate for the project Eyed Strides.
b Wyeth Rossi, a Miller sixth-grader, was awarded a $30 certificate for the project Putting the Cap on Pollution.
b Rachel Rossi, a ninth-grader at Durango High School, was awarded $75 and $50 certificates for the project Mycroremediation Capabilities of Fungi as Applied to Fresh Water.
b Diana Wright of Miller Middle School received a scholarship to attend a Space Foundation professional-development workshop of choice during summer 2011.
Local graduates from New Mexico university
Kenny Charles Lee from Durango is among approximately 550 candidates for graduation from Eastern New Mexico University in Portales this spring.
Commencement was held Saturday. Lee earned a bachelors degree in electronics engineering/tech computer.
Education center awarded grant
The Durango Adult Education Center announces that it received a $65,000 grant from the Barbara Bush Foundation.
The foundation supports the development and expansion of family literacy programs.
Durango Adult Education Center and Del Alma will use the money to implement the Durango Family Literacy Is Power Project. The project plans to flip the widening achievement gap for Native American, Hispanic and other economically disadvantaged families in the community. Parental involvement in their childrens education will be at the heart of the project.
For more information, call 385-4354.