Student Spotlight, May 20, 2013

■ Area students were among about 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students who received degrees from the University of Northern Colorado during spring 2013 graduation ceremonies 
May 10–11 in Greeley. 

From Delta, Mary Jones and Shelby Williams; Grand Junction, Benjamin Madison and Shari Remmenga; Montrose, Devin Miller, Courtney Olson and Michael Wallendorff; New Castle, William Brandes; Paonia, Joshua Burns, Alyssa Dransfield, David King and Daniel Straub; and Rifle, Ann Galloway.

■ Delta County students received scholarships for the 2013–14 school year from two funds established at the Western Colorado Community Foundation.

The Stewart/Watson/Wheeler Scholarships, in honor of a family who lived in Austin, went to Grace Kathrein and Kaitlyn Suppes, both graduating from Delta High School, Dante Markley, Cedaredge High School, and Chelsy Reed, Paonia High School.

Four-year Kay Armstrong Memorial Scholarships, established by Harold and Margaret Porter in memory of their daughter, went to Rachael Latta from Cedaredge High School, Delta High School graduates Desert Mulford, Ashlee Sunderland and Skylyn Webb, and Hotchkiss High School graduate Mason Oxford.

■ The $2,500 P.E.O. STAR Scholarship for the 2013-14 year was presented to Kathryn R. “Katy” Beckel, a graduating senior at Fruita Monument High School.

■ Moriah Rayment and Amber Kreger, Palisade High School students in Kelly Allerheiligen’s first-hour AP Business class, won third place in the 2012–13 regional Stock Market Experience. An award ceremony took place Friday at the Denver Zoo in Denver.

■ Alexandra May Whelan of Parachute graduated May 17 with a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Oklahoma Baptist University.

■ Lydia and Roland Kassales, both of Clifton, were named to the spring 2013 semester dean’s list at Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C.

■ Garret Alexander and Ben Ziemann, both of Glenwood Springs, and Logan Hartle of Grand Junction were selected to participate in the Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 18 at the Fort Lewis College School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences in Durango.

■ Jacob Fuller of Eckert and Crystal Rossmann of Grand Junction received degrees Dec. 15 from Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, Calif., during winter commencement ceremonies.

■ Cadet Sgt. Maj. Shamron Willison from Central High School was presented with the annual Daughters of the American Revolution ROTC Service Award on May 10. Willison was recommended by her School District 51 ROTC instructor, Frank Lawyer.

■ Addison Eng from Grand Junction and Allison Rippy from Glenwood Springs were recognized May 3 for academic achievement at St. Olaf College’s annual Honors Day convocation in Northfield, Minn.

■ The Redlands Lions Club awarded $1,000 scholarships to Colorado Mesa University students Robin Bonner, James Bright and Lizbeth Luna for the 2013–14 school year. Scholarship funds were raised through various community projects such as the club’s flag project and annual chili supper.

■ Hillary Burdick of Fruita was named to the spring 2013 semester dean’s list at Crown College in Saint Bonifacius, Minn.

■ Austin Germiller of Parachute was named Oklahoma Baptist University’s Outstanding Overall Senior at the Paul Dickinson College of Business during an awards assembly April 26. Germiller was also recognized by David Houghton, dean of the College of Business, during the university’s awards convocation May 8. Germiller graduated May 17 from the university with the scholastic predicate magna cum laude.

■ Rose McClelland of Grand Junction graduated Saturday from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, N.M.

■ Heather Banister of Grand Junction graduated May 4 from Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, S.D.

GPA: 3.75

After-school activities: Football, baseball, basketball, Student Council, Hilltop Community Resources part-time employee working with adults who have suffered traumatic brain injuries, and elementary school aide at Taylor Elementary.

Favorite book: “Hatchet” by Gary Paulson.

Favorite TV show: “Duck Dynasty.”

Favorite band or musician: Eric Church.

Parents: Lisa and Gary Woods.

Personal hero and why: My dad because he has guided me through everything — school, sports and life.

Preferred college: Undecided — I would prefer to start out at a junior college with the opportunity to play baseball.

Preferred major or career: Undecided but leaning toward teaching at the elementary level.

Greatest achievement so far: Getting to meet some of the great people that I have worked with and for through Hilltop and all the volunteer opportunities I have had.


Q: What has been your most memorable experience in high school?

A: Being able to play on the same team with my younger brother, Easton. It is not an opportunity that everybody gets to experience. I’m glad I made the most of it!


Q: What is your favorite subject and why?

A: Literacy because everyone has a different answer due to their own personal experiences.


Q: What are you looking for in a college or other post-secondary institution?

A: I would like college to prepare me for my future career.


Q: What would you tell a freshman who wants to make the most of his or her high school years?

A: Work hard now and you will be ahead of the game. Work hard later and you will be playing chase for the rest of your life.


Q: If you could volunteer anywhere in the world, where would you go and what would you volunteer to do?

A: I would like to volunteer with elementary school kids and with disabled children.


Q: Name three things you want to accomplish before age 30.

A: A successful career, to give back to those who have given to me and to stay close to my family.


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