Student Spotlight, Nov. 19, 2012

Central High speech and debate wins invitational

Central High School’s speech and debate team won the Panther Invitational on Friday and Saturday at Delta High School.

Central High winners included: Deanna Wright (advanced Lincoln-Douglas debate, Congress speaker), Sami Bouchagour (extemporaneous speaking), and C.J. Abeyta (Congress speaker).

Second-place finishers were Felecia Messenger (Congress speaker), Nikki Nickerson (Congress speaker), Rocco Labriola (Congress speaker), Nathan Levingston (extemporaneous speaking), Audrey Bird (interpretation of humor), and Labriola and Gabrielle McCombs (public forum debate). Abeyta placed third in novice Lincoln-Douglas debate and Nickerson and Cecilia Ramirez placed third in duo interpretation.

Daniels Scholarship applications due soon


The deadline to apply for Daniels Scholarships for 2013 is Nov. 29. High school seniors in Colorado who demonstrate character, leadership and service are encouraged to apply by visiting

The scholarship is not “full ride,” but is supplemental to all other financial aid resources, including Pell Grants, available to the student. After other financial resources have been applied, the Daniels Scholarship covers all required tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and a variety of other miscellaneous expenses. Students also receive a laptop computer and a printer.

Students must be high school seniors graduating during the 2012-2013 academic year and must demonstrate financial need and other requirements.

New Emerson LEGO team wins tournament


Team TEN (Tomorrow’s Engineers Now), a group of 10 New Emerson students who competed in a FIRST LEGO League robotics district competition Nov. 10 at Glenwood Springs High School, won the competition and will move on to the state championship in Denver.

The Colorado Championship round will take place Feb. 2 at the Auraria Event Center at the University of Colorado-Denver. The championship will feature teams from across the state that qualified in one of nine district tournaments.

Team TEN is the first LEGO League robotics team to form in Grand Junction.

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