Animas Valley announces Huskies
Animas Valley Elementary School announces that these students were named Huskies of the Week for showing responsibility and respect or for being trustworthy: Jaden Forquer, Kylin Murphy Garcia, Jose Leos, Alexis Ramirez Sosa, Dylan Fullington, Santana Martinez, Evan Gibbons, Jade Lobmeyer, Ethan McCotter, Siena DiGiacomo, Lana Patterson, Logan Fullington, Kyle Brown, Michael Clements, Kaila Craig, Shabrie Casey and Shawn Shay Tom.
Blood Services names scholarship winners
Simon Condon of Dolores High School and Cody Miller of Mancos High School were awarded scholarships from United Blood Services New Mexico through its High School Heroes Scholarship program.
Students are selected based on criteria that include the frequency that their high school hosts blood drives, the students involvement in the blood drive, letters of recommendation, grade-point average, a high school donor-recruitment plan that shows originality and sustainability, and writing skills.
For more information, call (800) 333-8037.
Local students named Daniels Scholars
Jenna Mulligan from Durango High School and Kealey Rich from Montezuma-Cortez High School were two of 267 high school seniors from Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and New Mexico to be named Daniels Scholars.
Made possible by the Daniels Fund, each scholar will receive supplemental funding to attend the college or university of their choice.
Local named to All Star Team
Missy Erickson recently was awarded one of the five spots on the Ryan Collegiate Bicycle All Star Team.
Her teammates are Sarah Sturm, Lauren Catlin, Lauren Taylor, Kaila Hart and Tilly Field.
The team competed at the National Bike Race in Wisconsin.
The team is coached by Jimmy Kight.
Local graduates from Illinois college
Kelsey Parks of Hesperus has graduated from Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Ill., with a degree in Asian studies.
Parks is a graduate of Durango High School.
The college is a private, four-year, undergraduate institution located 30 miles north of downtown Chicago.
Fore more information, visit www.lakeforest.edu.
Florida Mesa names students of month
Florida Mesa Elementary School announces that these students are Students of the Month for the 2010-11 school year:
b October: Maggie McMullen, Luke McAteer, Garrett Baker, Kendra Martinez, Hailey Levine, Nevaeh Livingston, Lindsay Levine, Dalton Counts, Aulden Hahn, Vince Eversol, Jacqueline Formby, Myah Jones and Max Hyson.
b November: Joshua Yu, JoJo Romero, Garrett Ammerman, Estevan Sanchez, Amelia OToole, Matthew Cuthbert, Tatym Bergl, Devin Shefferd, Summer Rogers and Ruth Dickson.
b December: Evan Gonzales, Joe Weigman Yarbrough, Matthew Laken Yarbrough, Dakota Gervais, Tanneigha OJohn, TJ Jackson, Landon Roberts, Eli Early, Ryan Yarbrough, Elias Fiddler, Ariah Harwig, Sage Davis, Chart Carlson, Katie Brown, Cody Bryant, Garrett Rhodes and Chamisa Edd.
b January: Eli Woody, Cody Swift, Eli Lopez, Tabby Kaye, Jace Feirn, Cheyanne Ford, Julianna Gans, Paige Ammerman, Taylor Schermer, Morgan Mallonee, Blake Keetch, Christina Hoffman, Michael Diaz, Thaddeus Bitsie, Meghan Watson and Theron Millonzi.
b February: Isaiah Paxton, Jordan Salazar, Marissa Richter, Makenzie Naumiec, Kayli Stiles-Smith, Jamie Dickson, Eddie Estrada, Baden Dickson, Natalie Thornton, Anthony Blue, JaLyssa Loos, Caitlyn Weaver, Santana Edd, Roma Kreeger, Taylor Zick, Marcus Isordia and Curtis Salinger.
b March: Haylen McMillion, Emma Lopez, Makaylti Bedonie, Hannah Stratton, Natalie Hamer, Carly Piccoli, Isaiah Evans, Kooper Mann, Aiden Roessler, Sebastian Carlson, Sydney Standridge, Katrina Bleger, Cormac Gardner, Carson Swift, Andrew Thornton, Aoleon Kaye, Tyler McGuire, Kaitlyn Dunn and Bryce Diethrich.
b April: Zach Haber, Rylie Sharp, Virginia Manzanarez, Makaylti Bedonie, Xavier Lopez, Isabel Rodriquez, Aurelious Diamond, Mia Boughton, Isabella Millonzi, Maya Vaughn, Thomas Barnes, Conner Krog, Steven Jackson, Wildon Wright, Rayah Chowen, Jullian McAteer and Trent Durnen.
Mays students will be announced at the beginning of next school year.
Fort Lewis Mesa names May students
Fort Lewis Mesa Elementary School announces that these students were named students for the month for May for showing trustworthiness: Emma Wood, Rylee Hickman, Braisy Blood, Andi Gillen, Levi Stevenson, Ardyn Goodson, David Lee, Holly Harris, Morgan Murray, Jason Pennington, Ryan Goldman, Katie Williams, Logan Sauer and Amy Leonard.
Students that demonstrated honesty and dependability were nominated for this award.
Escalante groups attend music festival
The Escalante Middle School seventh- and eighth-grade band, choir and orchestra participated in the Music in the Parks Large Ensemble Festival in Denver on May 13 and 14.
The band placed third in its concert band division with an excellent rating.
The choir placed first in its show choir division, also with an excellent rating.
The band and choir are directed by Evelyn Black.
The orchestra placed first in the string orchestra division with a superior rating.
The orchestra also received the Overall Junior High and Middle School Orchestra Award.
Nolan Reed received the Outstanding Soloist Award for his violin solo with the orchestra.
The orchestra is directed by William LaShell.
Riverview names Pride winners
Riverview Elementary School announces that these students received Principal Pride Awards and 10 golden eagles for exhibiting exceptional behavior, good manners and work ethics: Brooklyn Moore, Grace Holst, Liana Bygel, Ethan Craig, Lyric Hildner, Sierra Kelly, Eli Fenton, Alex Miller, Dylan Gaver, Kaden Francom, Deja Cotton, Logan Lowe, Harrison Beattie, Sasha Kozak, Grace Meyer, Kenzie Galloway, Ella Stevens, Jonah DiGiacomo, Zion Mooney, Samantha Torres, Clarice Hise, Ana Miller, Karlee Udero, Hailey Horn, Gavin Mestas, Mario Trujillo, Diego Lopez, Taylen Yazzie, Marisa Smith, Wiley Corra, Wade Hewitt, Cameron DeLacey, Abby Scott, Brooke Francom, Sam Udero, Madyson McFarland, Kaylan Wait, Colin Papenhagen, Erin Knight, Nathaniel Begay, Joy Keen, Sam Sturm, Elle Feilen and Alexander Hise.
Local receives presidential award
Stephanie Gockel, a graduating senior at Durango High School, has been awarded the Presidential Scholarship to DeVry College in Gurnee, Ill., based on her grades and teacher recommendation.
Gockel is the daughter of Marc and Erin Gockel and Scott and Stacy Hamer. She will enter the freshman class in July.
Local graduates from Creighton Univeristy
Leslie Murray of Durango graduated from Creighton University during the commencement ceremony May 14 at the Qwest Center in Omaha, Neb.
Creighton University is a Jesuit institution located in Omaha.
For more information, visit www.creighton.edu.
Local students graduate from Mesa
The following local students graduated from Mesa State College in Grand Junction on May 15:
b Bayfield: Whitney Howard and Zachary Martinez.
b Pagosa Springs: Nikolos Carrizo, Lennie Ecker and Beau Weiher.
b Durango: Jennifer Drover, Eric Mietchen, Clay Rampone and Timothy Stastny.
b Cortez: Amy Desserich, Kelsi Hicks graduated summa cum laude, Page Merrifield graduated magna cum laude, Whitney Tibbits graduated with high distinction, and Darren Wayman graduated magna cum laude.
b Mancos: Hanah Noland graduated cum laude.
Students with a grade-point average of 3.75 to 4.0 graduated with high distinction. Students who received a degree with a GPA of 3.50 to 3.74 graduated cum laude. Those with a GPA of 3.75 to 3.89 graduated magna cum laude. Those with a GPA of 3.90 to 4.00 graduated summa cum laude.
Residents to attend capital conference
Mesa State College and U.S. Sen. Mark Udall announce that Sherri Dugdale, Stephanie Huss and Ellen Stein, all of Durango, and Deborah Gangloff of Cortez have been selected to attend the first Colorado Capital Conference in Washington, D.C.
The conference is designed to give residents a better understanding of the federal legislative process by giving them the opportunity to interact with members of Congress, the presidents Cabinet and other relevant leaders in Washington.
Activities at the conference will include a reception hosted by the Colorado congressional delegation and presentations from members of Congress and the Cabinet.
The conference will be held June 15 to 17.
Local receives Sturgis Fellowship
The J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville has selected five incoming freshmen to receive the universitys Sturgis Fellowships. Among the recipients is Carson Leavitt of Durango.
A graduate of home schooling, Leavitt plans to major in natural sciences and premedical studies.
Leavitt is a Sunday school teacher, Boys and Girls Club math and science tutor and has been a volunteer cook at Cross Bar Youth Ranch. He also participates in the choir at First United Methodist Church and the worship band at Matthews House. He also takes private music lessons in voice, guitar and piano. His parents are Ken and Karen Leavitt.
Leavitt will receive $50,000, $12,500 per year.
Selections were based on an application that included an academic résumé, essay, book list, letters of recommendation and high school transcripts. Finalists were invited to campus for interviews.
Bennet sponsors rural education bill
Sen. Michael Bennet announces that he is co-sponsoring the Office of Rural Education Policy Act, which would require the U.S. Department of Education to study the effect of proposed regulations on rural schools.
The act would establish an office within the Education Department specifically responsible for representing the needs of rural schools.
Student placed in internship program
Kelsey Corbin of Mancos has been placed in a part-time job relating to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), bringing the total number of students participating in the STEM Internship Program of Southwest Colorado to five.
Corbin, a graduating senior at Mancos High School who has an interest in nursing and occupational therapy careers, was hired May 11 by Community Connections Inc., which has offices in Durango and Cortez. The regional organization provides support in residential and vocational/work settings to children and adults with developmental disabilities.
Local named to Texas deans list
Benjamin Harclerode of Cortez was recognized for outstanding academic accomplishments by being named to the LeTourneau University deans list for the spring 2011 semester.
The university is located in Longview, Texas.
Harclerode achieved a grade-point average between 3.50 and 3.99 for the semester.
For more information, visit www.letu.edu or call (903) 233-3000.
Cattlemen, CowBelles award scholarships
The La Plata-Archuleta Cattlemens Association and the La Plata County CowBelles have awarded nine $1,000 scholarships for the 2011-2012 school year to these students: Megan Semler, who will attend Colorado State University; Megan Lane, who will attend Creighton University; Courtney Guilliams, who will attend Fort Lewis College; Kelsi Lucero, who will attend Adams State College; Tayler McKee, who will attend San Juan College; Russell Van Soelen, who will attend New Mexico State University; Larissa La Shell, who will attend Colorado State University; Miranda La Shell, who will attend Colorado School of Mines; and Zack Riley, who will attend Western State College.
To be considered for a scholarship, the student must have an interest in promoting agriculture.
Animas Valley announces Huskies
Animas Valley Elementary School named these students Huskies of the Week for being trustworthy, showing confidence or for being inquisitive: Nicholas Russo, Eliza Sandoval, Olivia Rome, Berkley Crouse, Ann Marie Austin, Molly Bachman, Maya Olivier, Bella Lopez, Jack Benner, Sean Myers, Zia Kambach, Ella Devaux, Acira Herrera, Kyle Short, Caleb Davis, Sage Frontella, Seth Kane, Nicholas Dudley, McKenzie Hoffman, Caitlyn Tapperson, Moxie McCandless, Kevin Rodriguez Lopez, Ana Rodriguez, Olivia Miller and Braxton De Los Reyes.