Student Spotlight, Feb. 3, 2014

■ Benjamin C. Smith of Hotchkiss was named to the 2013 fall semester dean’s list at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.

■ Mark Vaux of Grand Junction graduated Jan. 18 with a master’s degree in nursing and a master’s degree in business administration in nurse executive from DeSales University in Center Valley, Pa.

■ Ryan McKissen of Grand Junction was named to the fall 2013 semester dean’s list at Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D.

■ Eden Laase of Grand Junction was named to the fall 2013 semester president’s list at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash. Anthony Roeber of Paonia and Molly Sundeen of Glenwood Springs were named to the university’s dean’s list for the fall semester.

■ Samantha Wilson of New Castle was named to the fall 2013 semester dean’s list with honors at McDaniel College in Westminster, Md.

■ Amy Nelms of Grand Junction completed human services practicum in Nicaragua for the 2014 Graceland University (Lamoni, Iowa) winter term, a three-week session of specialized learning experience that takes place in January, during which students are enrolled in a single course.

■ Elizabeth Rogers, a graduate of Mesa Valley Vision High School in Grand Junction, recently won a regional moot court championship and advanced to the American National Collegiate Moot Court Tournament.

■ Area students were named to the fall 2013 semester dean’s list at Fort Lewis College in Durango. From Grand Junction, Joline Plas; from Delta, Skylyn Webb; Ridgway, Devin Overton and Emily Haefner; Hotchkiss, Ian Stonaker and Theodore Wecker; and from Glenwood Springs, Mckenzie Hill, Bryttnie Evans, Jenna Pearce, Deidre Hiles, John Colia and Kevin Flohr.

Juniper Ridge opens enrollment today

Juniper Ridge Community School, School District 51’s newest 
tuition-free public charter school, will begin enrolling new students for the 2014–15 school year on today. 

Open enrollment will close Feb. 28, and there will be a lottery drawing in early March. Informational meetings will take place weekly during February. 

Visit or call the school office at 986-8219 for information.

Sweet Adelines offer $1,000 scholarship


Vocal music majors may now apply for the $1,000 Grand Mesa Chorus Sweet Adelines scholarship at Colorado Mesa University, by accessing the university’s website scholarship page for financial aid.

The deadline to apply is May 5. An audition is required and can be arranged by calling Shirley at 255-9419.

The scholarship winner will be required to sing a solo in one of the Sweet Adelines shows.

Information is available at high school counselor offices or at

Archaeological Society has scholarship


Applications for the Chipeta Chapter of the Colorado Archaeological Society’s Squint and Juanita Moore Scholarship, in the amount of $750, are now available to high school, college or graduate students within Montrose, Delta, Mesa, San Miguel, Ouray and San Juan counties. Students must demonstrate an interest in archaeology or anthropology.

Deadline for applications is April 1.

Visit for applications and information.

Some kids benefit from early access


Applications for the School District 51 Early Access option for the 2014–15 school year will be accepted until Feb. 28.

The option is offered to those few students who would fully benefit from the opportunity to begin formal schooling early and who would not suffer emotional, social or developmental setbacks because of early entrance. The Board of Education has approved the option for qualified, highly gifted 4-year-olds wishing to enter kindergarten and 5-year-olds wishing to enter first grade.

District 51 has posted a quick fact sheet on what advanced skills are required for Early Access consideration on its Gifted and Talented website,

Parents begin the process by downloading an application packet from the District 51 website or by picking up an application in person at the Basil T. Knight Staff Development Center, at 596 N. Westgate Drive.

For information, call Heather Baskin at 254-5482.

Child-parent program costs $75


Little Daisies, a parent-child program inspired by Waldorf Education, will be offered from 9–11:30 a.m. Fridays Feb. 7–28 at River Canyon School, 730 25 Road.

The program is for ages newborn to 5, accompanied by an adult, and tuition is $75 per child.

Call 639-0514 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information.

$500 grant for Montrose County student


County Sheriffs of Colorado Inc., the state sheriffs association, will award a $500 scholarship to a deserving Montrose County student this spring.

Any legal permanent resident of Montrose County enrolled in, or applying to, a vocational training program or institution of higher learning in the state of Colorado as a full- or part-time student is eligible. There are no restrictions as to the course of study or training which may be pursued, and no restrictions are placed upon applications by reason of race, creed, age, sex or national origin.

Applications will be reviewed by a local citizens committee and a selection will be made on the basis of criteria that includes leadership, merit, character, involvement and career purpose.

Applications are available at, or at the Montrose County Sheriff’s office, 1200 N. Grand Ave., in Montrose.


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