Student Spotlight, March 20, 2017
■ Bailey Hilty, a 2012 graduate of Grand Junction High School, graduated summa cum laude last spring with a degree in religious studies and a minor in Spanish from the University of Colorado- Boulder. She was accepted into the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and will begin studies in August.
■ Central High School senior Wyatt Hurt has received a $20,000 Coca-Cola Scholarship and a trip to Atlanta to receive the award. He was one of 150 recipients out of 86,000 applications. Hurt plans to attend Harvard this fall.
Connections Academy enrollment open
Enrollment is open for Colorado Connections Academy schools for the 2017–18 school year.
An information session will be at 6:30 p.m. April 10 at the Courtyard by Marriott, 765 Horizon Drive. The full-time, tuition-free, virtual public school serves students statewide in grades K-12.
The nontraditional learning environment can be a great fit for all types of students, including those who are significantly ahead or behind in the classroom, need a flexible schedule or more individualized attention, or live in isolated rural settings, among others, a news release said.
Homebound and previously home-schooled students can also thrive in Colorado Connections Academy’s programs.
Visit connectionsacademy.com or call 800-382-6010 for information.
Practical nursing scholarships given
Delta-Montrose Technical College sponsored a scholarship luncheon March 8 for students in the practical nursing program.
■ The Hotchkiss Kiwanis presented $350 scholarships to Chelsea Ballard and Adrianna Madrid and $250 scholarships to Rex Swain and Christina Tofsrud.
■ Delta Rotary awarded $1,000 scholarships to Luis Luna and Sherrie Steele and $500 scholarships to Dani Jones, Ashley Aragon and Alexis Ruiz.
■ The Barclay/Davis Nursing Excellence Award $500 scholarship went to Patricia VanHeltebrake.
■ Horizons Care Center presented eight scholarships: Luis Luna and Rex Swain were each awarded $1,000, Miriah Thorn and Christina Tofsrud were awarded $500 each, Ashley Aragon and Patricia VanHeltebrake were each awarded $250, and Alexis Ruiz and Dani Jones were each awarded $200 scholarships.
■ The Preceptor Gamma Alpha Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi honored Sherrie Steele with a $300 scholarship.
■ Beta Sigma Phi of Montrose honored Lyndsey Foster and Richelle Walker with $500 scholarships.
■ The North Fork Valley Rotary Club awarded a $1,500 scholarship to Rachel Pemberton
■ The Bank of Colorado awarded a $500 scholarship to Lyndsey Foster.
■ The Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, Lodge 1235, awarded a $500 scholarship to Sherrie Steele.
■ The Alice Pennick Memorial Nursing Scholarship, in the amount of $500, was awarded earlier this year, to Linda Castillo, by the Philanthropic Education Organization BK Chapter of Delta.
Students visit sister city in El Salvador
A number of area high school and Colorado Mesa University students are traveling on a weeklong annual cultural immersion trip to Grand Junction’s sister city, El Espino, El Salvador.
The Alternative Spring Break Trip is in its fifth year and is a collaboration between Mesa Catholic Campus Ministries, Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Parish and the Foundation for Cultural Exchange. The trip offers students the opportunity to spend their spring break in service while immersing themselves in the Salvadoran culture.
Travelers will spend a few days in San Salvador visiting notable locations, then will be taken in by the community of El Espino, staying with host families and learning about the country’s culture and history.
For information about the Foundation for Cultureal Exchange and to learn about future trips, call 433-2897, or visitfceelsalvador.org.