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Local students graduate from Fort Lewis College

Jessie Murillo Vega of Glenwood Springs and Ashley Williford of Parachute were among more than 400 Fort Lewis College graduates at Fall Commencement on Saturday, April 29, 2017. The speaker chosen to offer the Commencement Address was Kevin Gover, director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian.

Murillo Vega graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Cellular & Molecular Biology.



Williford graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Theatre.

University of Kansas announces spring 2017 honor roll



Jaime Crowley of Glenwood Springs was among more than 5,250 undergraduate students at the University of Kansas earning honor roll distinction for the spring 2017 semester. Crowley is a student in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.

Basalt choir director Brittany von Stein earns Outstanding Young Educator Award

The Colorado Music Educators Association (CMEA) recognized Brittany von Stein, choir director for Basalt High School and Basalt Middle School, with the 2018 Outstanding Young Educator Award.

This annual prestigious honor is given to music educators in their first five years of teaching who have shown significant proficiency in the classroom and respect in their school community, according to the CMEA. The award recognizes notable commitment to the art of teaching as well as a demonstrated ability to achieve excellence.

Von Stein has served as the BHS/BMS choir director for two years, after having graduated in 2015 from The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education with a minor in Vocal Performance and Theatre in 2015. Under her tutelage, participation in the choirs in Basalt Middle School and Basalt High School has nearly tripled — from 80 choir students in 2015-2016 to at least 210 anticipated in 2017-2018.

In all, 24 community members, including students, parents, school administrators and teachers, provided letters of recommendation and testimonials for the nomination packet, detailing Ms. von Stein’s enthusiastic teaching ability, passion for music, and personable and patient nature.

Von Stein will receive a plaque and recognition at the annual CMEA conference on Jan. 25, at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs.


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