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Garfield School District Re-2 honors staff

On May 29, the Garfield School District Re-2 held its annual Retirement and District Celebration to honor its employees, celebrate the school year, and say goodbye to several retiring friends.

The Clough Foundation honored one teacher from each building as Teacher of the Year. This award is prestigious because winners are nominated by their peers. Each winning teacher receives $500 for use in their classroom or for professional development. Winners of Teacher of the Year for 2012-13 are Shannon McKee from Highland Elementary, Deb Bolitho from Elk Creek Elementary, Victoria Miller from Kathryn Senor Elementary, Luke Novosad from Rifle Middle School, Heidi Hitch-Young from Riverside Middle School, Leah Wynveen from Coal Ridge High School, Ennyung Davis from Graham Mesa Elementary, Tracy Keesee at Cactus Valley Elementary, Anthony Alfini from Rifle High School, and Carissa Nelson from Wamsley Elementary.



Garfield Re-2 also celebrates a staff member from each building with a safety award. This award is given to a staff member who encourages safe behaviors and goes above and beyond to assist students and staff in safe behaviors. This year’s winners include: Amy Lujan from Highland Elementary, Matt Rowe from Wamsley Elementary, Tim Martin from Kathryn Senor Elementary, Gabriela Eudave from Cactus Valley Elementary, Lynn Jasuits-Wilson from Elk Creek Elementary, Leslie Krick from Rifle Middle School, Andy Montoya from Riverside Middle School, Steven Fuller from Rifle High School, Deici Chairez from Coal Ridge High School, Sherry Babcock from Nutrition Services, Charles Griffiths from Maintenance, Susan Steckel from Transportation, Sam Leonardi from Grounds, Kris Hostettler from Graham Mesa Elementary and Cathy Partain from the District Office.



Rifle High School Varsity Choir to perform at Colorado Music Educators annual conference

Rifle High School Varsity Choir has been selected to perform for the Colorado Music Educators annual conference in Colorado Springs in January 2014. This is a great honor for the students, as well as the district music teachers, Rifle High School and the Garfield School District Re-2. Each year CMEA auditions groups anonymously by a panel of judges looking for the highest quality groups to perform for the conference. Many schools chosen are much larger than RHS, making the chance for a small rural school to be given this opportunity rare and difficult. Now the fun begins and the work happens to prepare the upcoming varsity choir for a high quality performance at the state level.

Nicola makes dean’s list

The University of Hawaii at Manoa has named Taylor Nicola from Glenwood Springs to the dean’s list for the spring 2013 semester. The dean’s list recognizes students with a semester grade point average of 3.5 or higher who complete at least 12 credit hours. She is the daughter of Duff and Darlene Nicola.

Local students graduate from Fort Lewis College

James Steindler, of Carbondale, received a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Political Science.

Torrey Udall, of Carbondale, received a summa cum laude Bachelor of Arts with a major in Business Administration – International Business Option and Economics.

Samantha J. Wilson of New Castle named to McDaniel College dean’s list

Samantha J. Wilson of New Castle has been named to the McDaniel College spring 2013 dean’s list with highest honors. Highest honors are earned for a semester grade point average of 3.90 or higher, high honors for a grade point average of 3.70-3.89, and honors for a 3.50-3.69 average.

Tyler Reece graduates from Luther College

Tyler Reece of Glenwood Springs received a bachelor of arts degree in music summa cum laude from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, on Sunday, May 19.

Riddile graduates from Ripon College

Jeremiah Riddile graduated from Ripon College in Ripon, Wisc., on May 11, 2013, with a degree in Government and Politics and a minor in National Security. While at Ripon,

Riddile was a four-year letterman on the soccer team and a member of the League Championship team in 2010. Riddile served on the Student Athletic Council and was named to the Academic All-League team following the Fall 2012 Semester. Riddile is a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity, where he served as vice-counsel and McGeister. Following graduation, Riddile began an internship with Wisconsin State Assemblymen Tod Ohmstead and is working at the state Capitol in Madison. Riddile is a 2009 graduate of Coal Ridge High School and the son of Art and Mari Riddile of New Castle.


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