■ Gregory Gibson, a 2015 graduate of Grand Junction High School, is the 2019 valedictorian for the University of San Diego School of Business. He will graduate May 26 with a bachelor's degree in finance and business economics.
During his time at university, Gibson received the School of Business Outstanding Scholarship Awards for Finance and Business Economics and the Financial Executives International student award. He is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Delta Pi, and Omicron Delta Pi honor societies and was awarded an Alcala Merit Scholarship and a National Merit Scholarship.
Gibson was part of a four-man team that advanced to the finals of the National Investment Banking competition in Vancouver, Canada, and he co-authored undergraduate research with university Economics Professor Stephen Conroy.
He played piano and cello in the university's Chamber Music ensemble and is a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon.
Later this summer, Gibson will join Software Equity Group in San Diego as a software mergers and acquisitions analyst.
■ Oliver-Drew Pate of Montrose was named to the spring 2019 dean's honor list at University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, Kansas.
■ A.J. Langley, a 2013 graduate of Grand Junction High School and now pursuing a master's degree in computer engineering and science at University of California at San Diego, accepted an internship with the Department of Defense.
■ Tanya Hardon Wilkerson of Grand Junction, the 2011 valedictorian at Central High School, graduated with a master's degree in astronautical engineering from the University of Southern California.
■ Alexus Longo, a 2015 graduate of Palisade High School, graduated from the University of Colorado-Boulder with bachelor's degrees in neuroscience and psychology and an associate's degree in philosophy. Longo was named to the spring 2019 semester dean's list at the university and was also named to the Nu Rho Psi National Honor Society in neuroscience.
■ Gianni Palazzo of Littleton, grandson of Sharon Weingardt of Grand Junction, has accepted an appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy.
■ Haley Groves of Rifle was named to the spring 2019 semester dean's honor list at Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio.
■ Triniti Krauss of Fruita participated in the annual Simpson College Research and Creativity Symposium on April 25 at the college in Indianola, Iowa. The multi-disciplinary event showcased outstanding student work through the presentation of papers, performances, posters and panel discussions.
■ Daryl Batt of Hotchkiss was recognized at Simpson College's Honors Convocation ceremony April 24 in Indianola, Iowa, as the Outstanding Senior in Art. He was selected based on work he created for his senior exhibition. Active participation in the art department and potential for succeeding in an arts-based career are also factors of consideration.
Summer courses scheduled
School District 51 summer school courses will be offered from 8–11 a.m. Monday–Friday, June 3–28, at Grand Junction High School.
Courses include ELA comp-lit 9A and 9B credit recovery, computer applications, personal health and wellness, and personal finance.
AP Physics 1 will also be offered following a different schedule. Cost is $25 per course or $100 for the AP Physics course. Free/reduced applications are accepted. Students can register through their high school counseling offices.
All high schools will have their usual extended learning opportunities for all students in June. Because of summer construction, Fruita Monument High School will be hosted at Grand Junction High School, and Central High School will be hosted at Palisade High School.
Lineworker scholarship open
June 1 is the deadline for the Western Colorado Community College Electric Lineworker scholarship, a $2,000 one-time award.
Applicants must reside in a home serviced by Grand Valley Power and plan to enroll as a full-time student at Western Colorado Community College for the upcoming academic year.
A committee of educators appointed by the board of directors will select a recipient for each scholarship. Selection is based on a combination of weighted criteria, including financial need, academic, volunteer or work achievements and a personal essay.
Applications can be submitted by mail, dropped off at Grand Valley Power's main office or online at gvp.org/scholarship-program.
Call 242-0040 or visit the website for information.
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