Student Spotlight, May 13, 2013

■ Janie Heil, a 2008 Fruita Monument High School graduate, graduated May 9 from the school of engineering at University of Colorado in Boulder, with a degree in mechanical engineering.

■ Joseph Ciborowski of Glenwood Springs was named to the dean’s list for the winter term at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va.

■ The P.E.O. STAR Scholarship in the amount of $2,500 was awarded to Central High School senior Destinee Reed, who will attend Colorado Mesa University and study vocal performance and business this fall.

Club giving awards

Wednesday Music Club had auditions April 24 for three music awards for piano, vocal and instrumental performances.

Airi Miyamota, student of Andrea-Arese Elias, won the piano award, playing “Arabesque No. 1 in E Major,” by Debussy; Kalinda Theobold, student of Kathleen Ruhleder, won the vocal award, singing Schubert’s “Gretchen am Spinnrade” and Bock’s “Far From the Home I Love;” and violinist Sandra Rivera, student of Carlos Elias, was the winner of the instrumental award playing “Symphonie Espagnole, Op. 21 Allegro molto” by Lalo.

Juniper a charter


At the May 7 School District 51 board meeting, the board approved Juniper Ridge Community School’s contract as a public charter school.

The tuition-free multicultural charter school uses an arts and nature-based curriculum rooted in the Waldorf tradition. The school will serve children in Mesa County in grades kindergarten through sixth, with subsequent grades added yearly. 

The administrative board has hired administrative director Patrick Ebel and director of curriculum and instruction Donald Samson and is in the final stages of interviewing and hiring its teaching and support staff.

The school, at 640 24 1/2 Road, will open Aug. 12. Parents interested in enrollment are encouraged to attend an informational meeting. Visit to view a schedule of meetings or call 639-0884.

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