Student Spotlight, July 9, 2012

■ Katherine McCance of Glenwood Springs graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering May 27 from Cornell University, in Ithaca, N.Y.

■ Katelyn Baker of Grand Junction graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism May 20 from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis.

■ Ryan Crabtree, Fruita Monument High School band director, was elected to membership in the American School Band Directors’ Association at the national conference that took place in Asheville, N.C.

The association is a national organization comprising professionally trained, experienced directors and teachers of school bands. Its purpose is to advance and improve music education of those students engaged in the study of band instruments.

■ Ben Graves, who will teach science at Paonia High School this fall, has been awarded a Knowles Science Teaching Fellowship by the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation. The fellowship program aims to increase the number of high-quality teachers in the fields of science and math. Fellows receive $175,000 and are chosen from a group of starting teachers who show promise in education. Thirty-four people won the award this year.

Graves was a researcher at Yellowstone National Park before becoming a teacher.

Health students compete at conference

Nine members of the Colorado Mesa University and Western Colorado Community College HOSA (Future Health Professionals) chapters competed at the organization’s National Leadership Conference June 20-23 in Orlando, Fla.

Kaitlyn Bloom won a gold medal in medical assisting and Jenny Hicks won a bronze medal in physical therapy. The team of Mikayla O’Brien, Maya Freismuth, Laura Bloom and Kyra Dowd placed seventh in public health emergency preparedness. Dowd also received a Presidential Service Award for community service and Bloom was named an “outstanding adviser” for Colorado.

Other participants from the local chapters were Kylie Haas, Rachael Trogdon and Jessie Hicks. Local chapter members Kristi Standback, Mariah Lopez and Melissa LaPlant served as courtesy corps members representing Colorado at the conference.

CMU in Montrose receives donation


Montrose community leaders and philanthropists Jim and Sharen Branscome donated $55,000 to the Montrose campus of Colorado Mesa University in support of the health sciences program.

The donation will be used to purchase a SimMan Essential Patient Simulator, a realistic, full-body adult, wireless patient simulator that offers comprehensive clinical functionality to teach the core skills of airway, breathing cardiac and circulation management.

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