Student Spotlight, Oct. 29, 2012

■ Benjamin Smith of Paonia was awarded an animal science recruiting scholarship from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University in Ames.

■ Julie Kembel of Grand Junction and Jordan Field of Craig were awarded the $10,000 President’s scholarship for the 2012-13 year at Biola University in La Mirada, Calif.

Online hybrid school enrolling students

Enrollment has begun for Colorado students at Portmont College, a new online education program launched in partnership with Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles and MyCollege Foundation.

The college allows students to earn an associate degree for about the same cost per year as a federal Pell Grant. Students take online classes, meet in person with fellow students and receive guidance from faculty, coaches and peers.

Three-week free courses designed to help students succeed in an online learning environment and teach them life skills will begin in December. Portmont’s first academic semester will begin March 4. Students can earn a degree that blends four associate degree programs: business administration, computer science, liberal arts and pre-health science.

Portmont is launching in Denver and will gradually expand to other cities. Portmont will work with community partners, including charter schools, public schools and community organizations, to identify students who may benefit from the program. Visit for information.

Students win bank’s calendar contest


Bank of Colorado has announced the winning students in its calendar contest:

The calendar cover will display a street people scene by Adam Clifford, a ninth-grader at Mesa Valley Vision.

January will feature “First Snow” by Adina Gutierrez, first grade at Fruitvale Elementary; February, “Tiger” by Charli Geer, sixth grade, Redlands Middle School; March, “Black Lab” by Natalie McConnell, seventh grade, Redlands Middle; April, “Chicks” by Olivia Clifford, 12th grade, Mesa Valley Vision; May, “Birds/Blossoms” by Lilly Morris, fourth grade, Broadway Elementary; and June, “Splat Art” by Sofi Reece, kindergarten, Wingate Elementary.

The second half of the year features July, “Baby Panda” Zahira Mino, second grade, Tope Elementary; August, grape vineyard by Gabrielle Bode, 10th grade, Mesa Valley Vision; September, “Train Station” by Phoebe Stoye, 11th grade, Palisade High School; October, “Pumpkin Man” by Brooklyn Stringer, fifth grade, Broadway Elementary; November, “Swan in Water” by Alexandra Nicoletti, eighth grade, Redlands Middle School; and December, “People Bridge” by Jaytese Inman, third grade, Taylor Elementary.

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