Student Spotlight, Jan. 20, 2014
■ Chapter CY of P.E.O. International, a philanthropic educational organization, has awarded a Program for Continuing Education grant to Jennifer Phillips. Phillips majors in accounting at Colorado Mesa University. P.E.O. members raise money to help women achieve their educational goals.
■ Lydia Kassales and Roland Kassales, both of Clifton, were named to the dean’s list for the fall 2013 semester at Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C.
■ Julia Traylor, a 2009 graduate of Grand Junction High School, received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering Dec. 20 from the University of Colorado-Boulder.
■ Ashley Shank of Grand Junction was named to the fall 2013 semester dean’s list at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn.
■ Jaimie Stephens of Fruita, a senior at Colorado Mesa University, was named to the fall 2013 semester president’s list.
■ Rich Fletcher, a 1995 graduate of Fruita Monument High School, received a doctorate degree in plant genetics from Colorado State University.
■ Erica Gajada of Grand Junction was named to the fall 2013 semester dean’s list at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, S.D.
■ Phillips Buskirk of Fruita was named to the fall 2013 semester dean’s list at Peru State College in Peru, Neb.
Central debate team wins in Palisade
Central High School’s speech and debate team won the team sweepstakes at the Bulldog Babble Invitational Meet on Jan. 11 in Palisade.
Individual first-place honors at the meet went to Central students Mateo Parsons and James Shreve.
Parsons and Shreve also had second-place finishes, as did classmates Nathan Levingston and Nikki Nickerson.