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From left, a Sysco Foods of Denver representative; Heather Hicks of YouthEntity; Mauricio Sosa of Basalt High School; Natalie Zelaya of Basalt High School; Kailin Anderson of Glenwood Springs High School; Matt Maier of; Kirsten McDaniel of YouthEntity; and Lily Janssen of Bridges High Schoo at the Colorado ProStart Invitational at Johnson & Wales University.
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YouthEntity Culinary Students Place First at Colorado ProStart Invitational

YouthEntity’s Culinary Arts team won the ProStart Western Regional Competition in Grand Junction, including placing first in Culinary Arts for the third year in a row, and will advance to the National ProStart Invitational in April in Charleston, South Carolina, to represent the state of Colorado.

YouthEntity’s three-person culinary team of Mauricio Sosa and Natalie Zelaya of Basalt High and Cailin Anderson of Glenwood Springs High, coached by Chef Instructor Matt Maier of AspenPrivateChef.Com, cooked three dishes for the judges in 60 minutes with no electricity and only two burners: scallop and langoustine with tarragon pea puree and cauliflower espuma; squab and salsify roulade with squab confit, green apple and sage spätzle; and a chocolate espresso Bavarian with dark chocolate mirror glaze, amaretto cream, almond croquant, raspberry drupes and blood orange coulis.

The first place culinary arts team members each earned $50,000 in post-secondary education scholarship opportunities.

Elise Osenga awarded degree from Miami University

Elise Osenga of Glenwood Springs was among more than 3,000 students from Miami University who received degrees during fall commencement exercises on Dec. 13 in Millett Hall. Osenga graduated with a Master of Arts degree, majoring in Biology.

Luke Prosence makes dean’s honor roll at University of Oklahoma

Luke Prosence, a sophomore at the University of Oklahoma, has been named to the dean’s honor roll for the Fall 2016 semester. To qualify, students must have a grade point average of at least 3.0 for a minimum of 12 credit hours. Prosence also plays on the school’s rugby team.

Local students graduate from Fort Lewis College

In a ceremony on Dec. 17, 2016, more than 200 Fort Lewis College graduates and their families packed Whalen Gymnasium for Fall Commencement. The speaker chosen to offer the Commencement Address was Leslie Goldstein, senior lecturer in the FLC Freshman Math Program and winner of the FLC Alice Admire Outstanding Teaching Award.

John Colia of Glenwood Springs received a bachelor’s degree with a major in biology.

Nathan Schilt of Rifle received a bachelor’s degree with a major in psychology.

West Slope Academy Information Day

The annual West Slope Academy Information Day takes place from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at Colorado Mesa University’s Love Recital Hall at the Moss Performing Arts Center, 1100 North Ave. in Grand Junction.

Learn about the academy application and nomination process and meet representatives from U.S. Military Academy at West Point, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and U.S. Air Force Academy Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).

Parking is available free of charge in all CMU parking lots, including in the parking garage just north of Moss.

The event is presented by the U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner and U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton.

For information contact John Cossick at

Conservation district scholarships

Local conservation districts have several scholarships available.

The Bookcliff Conservation District has two $2,000 scholarships for students attending Coal Ridge, Rifle or Grand Valley high schools. Application deadline is Friday, April 7.

The South Side Conservation District has one $2,500 scholarship for students attending Coal Ridge or Rifle high schools and a $500 scholarship for classroom enhancement.

The $2,500 Ag Expo Scholarship is for students active in FFA, 4-H or another conservation/agriculture program.

Home-schooled students may apply according to their home location.

Go to or call the office for additional information.

Grand River Health offers health career scholarships

Grand River Health is offering eight $1,000 scholarships to area students interested in one of the many health care related fields (nursing, radiology, pathology, pre-med, physical therapy etc.). Any person who lives in Grand River Hospital District, is or was a student in one of the three in-district high schools (Rifle, Grand Valley or Coal Ridge), and wishes to pursue a career in the medical field may apply. Applicants must be planning to attend a college, university or technical school in the fall of 2017. Applicants may include graduating high school seniors, individuals who have previously graduated high school, college students and Grand River Health employees. Awards will be given only to individuals who have not previously received a scholarship from Grand River Health.

The Grand River Volunteer Association is offering two $2,000 scholarships for students who are pursuing a career in the medical field. For these scholarships, a student must meet the above criteria and have put in 50 hours or more of volunteering at Grand River Health.

Scholarship applications are available at Grand River Health customer service desks, all in-district high schools or at Applications are due back by no later than April 3. For additional information contact volunteer services director Kaaren Peck at 970-625-6423.

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