Students of Rocky Mountain Martial Arts recently tested and were promoted to their next belt levels. The candidates represent schools in New Castle, Basalt and Aspen. Soo bahk do is a Korean martial art that not only teaches self-defense but other principles such as courage, patience, humility, discipline and respect.Rocky Mountain Martial Arts is currently accepting both adult and children students in all the studios. If you are interested please go to Rockymountainmartialarts.com for more information.
Congratulations to Mikayla Baker and Joseph Reyelts for making the 2013 All State Orchestra and All State Jazz Band, respectively. These students have been practicing the audition material since summer vacation to audition for the chance to play in these ensembles. It is very difficult to make these ensembles. Joseph was one of three people selected in the valley to participate in All State Jazz and one of four tenor saxophones selected in the state. He is the first person from Rifle High School in at least 15 years to be represented in this ensemble. This year more than 500 people from more than 100 schools auditioned for All State Orchestra, and Mikayla was selected to participate. The All State Jazz Band will meet Jan. 24-26 at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, and the All State Orchestra will meet Feb. 14-16 in Fort Collins at Colorado State University. If you would like to attend any of the all state performances or want any general information about the RHS band program, visit www./sites.google.com/site/riflehighschoolmusic/ and become a fan of RHS Bands on facebook at www.facebook.com/ pages/RHS-Bands/340502541390.
Children's Rocky Mountain School, in Carbondale, has been awarded a grant by "The Thrift Shoppe of Aspen," Executive Director Debbie Condello has announced. The grant will be used toward the preschool's "Healthy Habits" program, which provides children with opportunities to learn about physical fitness, health and nutrition. For physical fitness, funds will go to the cross country skiing program. To promote health and nutrition, the school will now be able to provide more organic snacks. Additionally, funds will also be used for a new laptop computer and printer to document the children's experiences learned through this "Healthy Habits" program.