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Education Briefs

Charles W. Macaulay of Carbondale named to Colby College dean’s list

Charles W. Macaulay, a sophomore at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, was named to the dean’s list for his outstanding academic achievement during the fall semester of the 2013-14 year. Macaulay is the son of Robert and Janette Macaulay of Carbondale and attended Saint George’s School.

Students whose grade point averages were 3.68 or higher were named to the dean’s list.

Vanvalkenburg graduates basic training

Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Jeremiah D. Vanvalkenburg graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Vanvalkenburg is the son of Pamila Gifford of Centennial and Phil Vanvalkenburg of Silt.

He is a 2008 graduate of Highlands Ranch High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 2012 from Adams State University, Alamosa.

Sopris Elementary Kindergarten Registration Day

Kindergarten Registration Day at Sopris Elementary School takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 11. The following are required for registration: child’s birth certificate, record of immunizations and proof of address. Children must be 5 years old by Oct. 1, 2014. Parents will need to indicate if they wish to enroll their child in full-time kindergarten or part-time kindergarten. There is a tuition payment of $343 required for full-time kindergarten at the time of registration, of which $100 is nonrefundable. There is no tuition required for part-time kindergarten.

At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, there will be an informational meeting for parents in the Sopris Elementary cafeteria. For more information, call SES at 384-5400.

Application deadline extended for Alpine Bank’s J. Robert Young Scholarship

Alpine Bank has extended the application deadline for the J. Robert Young Scholarships to March 31. Graduating high school seniors meeting the criteria of the scholarships may receive an application through their high-school counselor, online at, online at, or by visiting any Alpine Bank location.

The J. Robert Young scholarships are offered to graduates of public high schools in communities served by Alpine Bank. Two $1,000 renewable scholarships are awarded each year to students with a 2.75 GPA or higher who are seeking a business-related degree. Students must attend a Colorado college. Applications must be postmarked or emailed to the Western Colorado Community Foundation on or before March 31.

The J. Robert Young scholarship was established in 2008 by Alpine Bank employees and an executive committee to honor bank chairman, J. Robert (Bob) Young, on the bank’s 35th anniversary.

The scholarships are administered through Western Colorado Community Foundation, a nonprofit public charity whose mission is to promote charitable giving, build and manage charitable endowment funds for community good, and provide grants, scholarships and other resources to benefit the residents and communities of western Colorado.

Grand Valley Educational Foundation scholarships

The following scholarships are available to Grand Valley High School seniors who will be attending college or vocational school in the fall. Contact Brenda Walck, at the Grand Valley High School Counseling Office, 285-5705, ext. 4106, for applications.

American Legion Ward Underwood Post #114 Academic Scholarship $1,000

American Legion Ward Underwood Post #114 Vocational Scholarship $1,000

Pam Brock Teacher Scholarship (two-year scholarship) $1,000 each year

Carl H. Bernklau Scholarship $2,500

Completed applications must be turned in to the Grand Valley High School Counseling Office by 3 p.m. April 17.

County Sheriffs Of Colorado Scholarship Program

County Sheriffs of Colorado Inc. (CSOC) will award a $500 scholarship to a deserving Garfield County student this spring. CSOC established the scholarship program in 1978. Since then, this effort has continued as a meaningful expression of the sheriffs’ confidence in and respect for education and training. CSOC considers this an investment in the future and believes that its membership is helping to provide deserving students with an opportunity to make a positive contribution to society.

Scholarship announcements have been mailed to all high school offices in the eligible counties and to all Colorado higher education institutions. Applications are available online at, or at the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office in Glenwood and at the Sheriff’s Annex in Rifle.

This is the 35th year that County Sheriffs of Colorado has made such scholarships available. A scholarship will be awarded in more than 30 Colorado counties this year. Applications will be reviewed by a local citizens committee appointed by Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario and a selection will be made on the basis of criteria established by CSOC. This criterion includes leadership, merit, character, involvement and career purpose.

Any legal permanent resident of Garfield County enrolled in, or applying to, a vocational training program or institution of higher learning in the State of Colorado as a full- or part-time student is eligible to apply. There are no restrictions as to the course of study or training which may be pursued, and no restrictions are placed upon applications by reason of race, creed, age, sex or national origin.

For more information, contact your local high school, college, the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office or County Sheriffs of Colorado.

Junior Achievement seeks volunteer classroom help

Junior Achievement (JA) of the Roaring Fork Valley works with local businesses and organizations to match volunteers with local classrooms to teach programs on the topics of financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship to students in kindergarten through high school.

Local teachers need volunteers who have just 30 minutes per week to spare. Elementary level programs are only five sessions, once per week for 30 minutes. JA provides the program kit with all the necessary materials and a volunteer guidebook, so all volunteers need is the willingness to share their work experience with local students.

Here is the recent list of teachers requesting a volunteer:

Marisa Mills’ kindergarten class at Sopris Elementary — Tues, Wed or Thurs from 2:45-3:15 p.m.

Samantha Hawk’s 2nd grade class at Sopris Elementary — Tues or Thurs 2:30-3:15 p.m.

Courtney Jaynes’ 2nd grade class at Crystal River Elementary (Carbondale) — Mon, Tues, Wed or Fri at 1:30 p.m.

Tammie Zachman’s 1st grade class at Glenwood Elementary — any day 1:30-2:10 p.m.

Maura Carlson’s 2nd grade class at Glenwood Elementary — any day 2:45-3:15 p.m.

Betsy McMichael’s 3rd grade class at Crystal River Elementary (Carbondale) — any day between 10 and 10:50 a.m.

Amelia Potvin’s 3rd grade class at Crystal River Elementary (Carbondale) — any day, 10:10-10:50 a.m.

Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Laura Seay at 405-708-1577 or

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