Student Spotlight, March 17, 2014

GJ students attend HOSA conference in Pueblo

Forty-six students from the School District 51/Western Colorado Community College/Colorado Mesa University chapter of HOSA competed at the March 6–8 HOSA State Leadership Conference in Pueblo. The conference was for students interested in health care careers and featured competitions that demonstrated student knowledge of various aspects of the health care field.

Local students placed in 23 of the 25 categories in which they competed. Top finishers from the Grand Valley included Laura Bloom, Lis Bloom, Jordan Brommel, Katie Buchleiter, Kassidy Chism, Jonathan Fisher, Michael Green, Jessica Haar, Chelsea Hammond, Reghan Hardy, Sarah Harvey, Amanda Henderson, Jamie Hicks, Jennifer Hicks, Jessica Hicks, Nikki Holstein, Jordan Martinez, Haesley Minturn, Dylan Moody, Brooke Munch, Andy Nicoletti, Jordan Quintana, Megan Post, Taryn Sargent, Olivia Sayer, Cady Sonmore, Kendra Stadelman, Alexus States Brown, Luke Stobbe, Taylor Sturm, Olivia Swinger, Keenan Thurman, Randi Tuell, Fallon Ward, Cody Wentz, and Paage Yeates.

Laura Bloom, Reghan Hardy, Jessica Hardy, and Brommel won pacesetter outstanding student awards, while Barbara James Award for Volunteer Community Service recognitions went to 39 students statewide, including local students Laura Bloom, Karissa Bond, Whittney Chelewski, Chism, Fisher, Holstein, Joelle LeFevre, Martinez, Mellinda Neff, Tamara Nickle, Hannah Puckett, Sayer, Britni Schneider, Sonmore, Blue Spivey, Stadelman, States Brown, Stobbe, and Julie Sullivan.

Palisade students qualify for speech, debate tournament


Four students from Palisade High School qualified March 7–8 to participate in the National Speech and Debate Tournament this summer in Kansas City.

The students qualifying are Joshua May, National Extemporaneous Speaking; Tiana Menon, International Extemporaneous Speaking; Rachel Cruz, Humorous Interpretation of Literature; and Stewart Aslan, Congressional Debate.

In addition, the Palisade team accumulated more points at the tournament than any other team, taking home the sweepstakes award.

Nominations for educators


Nominations for the National Society of Professional Journalist Honors, which recognize phenomenal journalism educators, are due March 21.

Nominations from the public are sought for Distinguished Teaching in Journalism, Ethics in Journalism, Fellows of the Society, Historic Sites in Journalism, Sunshine Award and Robert D.G. Lewis First Amendment Award.

Visit, email awards coordinator Chad Hosier at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 317-920-4791.

Submit student achievement news by email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), by fax at 244-8578, or by mail to P.O. Box 668, Grand Junction, CO, 81502.


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