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Education Briefs

Club Rotario 2015- 2016 scholarship recipients, from left, back row: Eduardo Ruiz M. (Rifle HS), David Saucedo (Coal Ridge HS), Humberto Alvarez (CMC) and Andres Betancourt (Glenwood Springs HS); and front row: Dr.Craig Farnum (CMC Counselor and Club Rotario member), Angel R. Amengual (Glenwood Springs HS), Luz Galaviz A (CMC), Alondra Montanez (Roaring Fork HS), Daysi Anchondo (CMC), Morgan D. Rogers (Rifle HS) and María Lucy Moncada Arcila (Alpine Bank and Club Rotario member). Not pictured are Ana Yulissa Hernandez (CMC), Jesús R. Raygoza (Grand Valley HS), Lylah Purpus (CMC) and Rosio Avitia M. (Roaring Fork HS).
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Casey Hynes named a Collegiate Academic All-Star by USA Cycling

Casey Hynes, of Glenwood Springs, was named to USA Cycling’s Collegiate Academic All-Star’s Spring 2016 class. Hynes’ major is Elementary Education.

The Spring 2016 class of riders is composed of 53 riders from schools across the country; eight of these riders are from Fort Lewis College. All collegiate cyclists face the challenge of balancing school while racing, and the Academic All-Star program seeks to recognize those that go above and beyond by achieving top grades in the classroom while also competing at USA Cycling Collegiate National Championships.

In order to achieve Academic All-Star status, the athlete must have attended a USA Collegiate Cycling National Championship in the specified term for that honor and have maintained a 3.5 or higher GPA for the semester or term during which the nationals event falls. The names of these athletes will be published by USA Cycling in January and June of each year.

The Fort Lewis College Cycling Team was ranked the No. 2 Division I team in the country after the 2015-16 academic year.

Participate in The Longevity Project

The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.

St. Stephen Catholic School enrolling

St. Stephen Catholic School is now enrolling students for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year. The school offers preschool through eighth-grade classes, with an emphasis on a Christ-centered and focused environment for the whole child, rigorous academics with test scores averaging two years above grade level, and highly qualified and certified teachers. The upcoming school year begins Aug. 22 for all grades. Call the school at 970-945-7746 to schedule a tour or for more information. Visit the website at

Garfield D-16 awarded $2,273,559 in BEST grants

Garfield District 16 has been awarded two BEST (Building Excellent Schools Today) matching grants for its capital construction projects that were part of the 2014 bond issue passed by local voters.

Part of the bond campaign included a promise to local voters that every effort would be made to access matching dollars from outside sources to ensure that all the components of the bond program is completed in time and within budget. This year, the district received two grants, one for $2,125,285 to provide remediation to the facilities and grounds of Grand Valley High School to ensure the district asset remains in a safe and usable condition for the long term, as well as a $148,274 grant to provide a secure vestibule at the Center for Family Learning, the local PK-1 school.

These grants, combined with BEST awards from 2015 totaling $1,350,720, have provided an additional $3,624,279 towards meeting all of the goals that community members identified as high priority going into the 2014 bond campaign. Having the local bond provides the opportunity to match state dollars and make good use of local support.

The bond issue and BEST grants will provide upgrades in security, safety and health for every school in the district. Construction on all bond components, with the exception of a portion of the high school field house, will be completed by the start of school in August 2016.

St. Stephen School Golf Classic

The St. Stephen School Golf Classic will be held at the Aspen Glen Club on Sept. 30 with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Entry fee is $185 per player and $700 for a four-person team and includes 18 holes as well as tee gift, prizes for winners, hole-in-one prize and dinner reception in the clubhouse following the tournament. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Contact or for more information and to register for the event, or check out the school’s website,

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