Student Spotlight, April 8, 2013

■ Cody Rahmann and Sean Silva, both of Grand Junction, earned academic honors for the fall 2012 semester at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind.

■ Melanie Mosinski of Grand Junction was named to the fall 2012 semester dean’s list at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y.

■ Rebecca Kathryn Roskowski of Grand Junction has accepted membership in the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, an interdisciplinary honors organization of first-year and second-year college students, by invitation only.

■ Angela McEllhiney of Moab, Utah, earned a bachelor’s degree after the fall 2012 semester at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind.

Riverside Education to have open house on Wednesday

The Riverside Education Center will have its annual open house from 4:15 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at 552 W. Main St.

Call Mary Gonzales at 433-0481 or visit for information.

Hotchkiss teacher, class to paint bulldog on building


Hotchkiss High School art teacher Jamie Roeber and her students will paint/airbrush a bulldog image on the Hotchkiss Public Works building on Wednesday, weather permitting.

Roeber is completing her Arch Coal Innovative Teaching Grants project named Community Optical Boost. Her grant intends to help high school students develop more pride in their community while simultaneously improving their artistic abilities and increasing team-building. The Arch grant has provided airbrushing kits, paint and other necessary supplies.

D51 students headed to speech and debate nationals


Fifteen District 51 high school students qualified March 29–30 at a Western Slope National Forensic League tournament at Delta High School to compete June 16–21 at the National Forensic League’s National Speech and Debate Tournament in Birmingham, Ala.

Six Grand Junction High School students who qualified for the national tournament are: Larissa Cox, Rachel Gallagher, Krista Lally, Tsinnijinne Russell, Sam Vidlock, and Zoe Wright. Five students from Central High qualified: Audrey Bird, Rocco Labriola, Nathan Levingston, Gabrielle McCombs, and Austin Solko. Palisade High students Stuart Aslan, Greer Below and Tiana Menon also qualified for the national tournament, as did Sydney Heart of Fruita Monument High School.

At another tournament March 21–24 at Highlands Ranch High School, Fruita Monument’s Sarah Baker won a state championship title in Interpretation of Humorous Literature. Sarah Crawford of Grand Junction High was a semifinalist in International Extemporaneous Speaking at that meet, and Central’s Labriola and McCombs tied with three other teams for fourth in the state in U.S. Extemporaneous Speaking.

Independence Academy hosting spare change drive


Independence Academy Charter School will host its fifth annual Change for Change drive beginning today and continuing through April 18. 

Students and community members are encouraged to bring in their “spare change” and more to donate, with proceeds going to the American Cancer Society.

If students can raise more than last year’s total of $2278.13, which was donated to the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, teachers at the school will reward the students by doing something “crazy.”

Take donations to the front office of the academy, 600 N. 14th St. Call 254-6850 for information.

Sober Grad Party seeking volunteers for safe event


Organizers of the Taco Bell/Pepsi Sober Grad Party are seeking community volunteers to help at the event, taking place from 10 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. May 11 at Two Rivers Convention Center.

The event is a safe, alcohol and drug-free alternative graduation party for all local high school juniors and seniors.

For information on being a volunteer, call Kathy Glad at 640-2135 or email kathy@arrow Visit for information on the event.

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