Student Spotlight, Feb. 11, 2013

■ Julia Traylor, a 2009 graduate of Grand Junction High School and a senior University of Colorado civil engineering student, placed first last month in the Environmental and Water Resources Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers Student Technical Paper Competition.

She will present the same paper May 22 at the 2013 World Environmental and Water Resources Congress in Cincinnati. The paper is called “Optimal Initial Configuration of Treatment Solution for In Situ Remediation of Contaminated Groundwater using Engineered Injection and Extraction.”

■ Briana VanDenHeuvel was named to the dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester at Colorado Mesa University.

■ Samantha J. Wilson of New Castle was named to the fall 2012 semester dean’s list with high honors at McDaniel College in Westminster, Md.

■ Sen. Mark Udall nominated two students to U.S. service academies: Leah Gates of Grand Junction to the Naval Academy and Jacob Solseth of Olathe to the Merchant Marine Academy.

■ Briana Susemihl received the Chancellor’s Achievement Award, the highest award for performance in the classroom, from Dr. Denise Battles at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, for the fall 2012 semester. Susemihl is a 2008 graduate of Central High School and is pursuing a degree in chemistry.

Safety fair aimed at elementary students

The Mesa County Safety Council will present the Mesa County Safety Fair from 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Feb. 21–22 at Mesa Mall.

It targets second- and fourth-graders, teaching them how to protect themselves at home, school and play. The council will provide bussing to the fair for kids from School District 51. Home- schooled students, private school students and the public are invited.

Booths will represent utility companies, fire departments, law enforcement agencies, health organizations, construction industry, farm and ranch organizations, transpiration safety groups, water safety and weather safety agencies.

Visit or call Steve Sheehy at 261-7135 or 243-9392.

Central High takes first in debate contest


Central High School’s Speech and Debate team placed first at the Montrose Speech Tournament on Feb. 1–2 in Montrose.

Central won in team sweepstakes as well as the duo interpretation category (Kara Riddle and Amber Rademacher), interpretation of humor (Audrey Bird and Riddle, tie) and congressional speaking (Deanna Wright and Nikki Nickerson).

Team members Rocco Labriola and Nathan Levingston each had second-place finishes, in extemporaneous speaking and congressional speaking, respectively. Central students Kylie Banks, Felecia Messenger, Brady Rogers and Levingston all finished third.

$100,000 available in scholarships


The Western Colorado Community Foundation offers more than $100,000 in college and vocational school scholarships from 13 different funds for the 2013–14 school year. The scholarships assist students from the Western Slope. Most applications are due March 15.

■ The Bill Patterson Scholarship: for a School District 51 graduate in the top 5 percent of his/her class, has leadership potential and is planning a career related to science and/or the environment.

■ Natural Soda/Bill Gunn Scholarship: one non-renewable scholarship of $1,500 in honor of longtime CEO Bill Gunn, for seniors from each high school in Rangely, Meeker and Rifle. Applicants should be interested in engineering, geology and physical sciences.

■ Fruita Rotary Club: $1,000 scholarship in memory of Marge Miller, for seniors involved with Interact Club at Fruita Monument High School.

■ Fruita Rotary Club Mike Williams Memorial Scholarship, $1,000: in memory of Williams, who was a science teacher at Fruita Monument High. Graduating Fruita Monument seniors who are interested in math and science and travel can apply.

■ Genevieve Clough Fellowships: for those graduating from Coal Ridge High School, Rifle High School or Grand Valley High School. Amounts vary. Students who wish to attend Colorado Mountain College, vocational programs at public colleges, and degree programs at other colleges and universities are encouraged to apply.

■ Renewable Kay Armstrong Memorial Scholarships of $1,000: for Delta County seniors, including a student who wants to teach.

■  Two renewable J. Robert Young Scholarships of $1,000: for seniors who want a business-related degree and live in areas served by Alpine Bank.

■ Lew Goodhart Memorial Scholarship, $1,000: for non-traditional students with at least 15 college credit hours.

■ Four Stewart-Watson-Wheeler Scholarships of $1,000: available to seniors from Delta County.

■ The Waldeck Nursing scholarship: awarded to a Mesa County senior who plans to obtain a bachelor’s degree at Colorado Mesa University. Renewable scholarship will pay for tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies. Selection is based on financial need, community involvement and academic performance. The application sent directly to CMU is on the university website.

For information about eligibility, deadlines and application requirements, visit, or call Cindy Rhodes at 243-3767. Persons interested in establishing scholarship funds are also encouraged to contact the Community Foundation.


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