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The Buddy Program awards scholarships

The Buddy Program Scholarship Committee recently awarded $52,500 in scholarships to area high school seniors. There were eight recipients from Roaring Fork High School for a total of $22,750.

The awards were presented to the students during senior graduation awards night, May 14: Georgia Ackerman, Nayeli Alfaro, Trevor Dusza, Keegan Fawley, Dakotah Grett, Jessie Murillo-Vega, Judith Ruelas and Hailey Thompson.



Wiltse graduates Colorado Mesa as Outstanding MBA Graduate of the Year



The family of Carolyn Wiltse is proud to announce Carolyn’s graduation from Colorado Mesa University with a master’s degree in Business Administration. Carolyn received the prestigious honor of Outstanding MBA Graduate of the Year. Congratulations, Carolyn, on your academic excellence and 4.0 GPA.

Glenwood Hot Springs awards scholarships to two college-bound seniors

Local high school seniors Gunnar Pagni and Hannah Padgett were each awarded the Glenwood Hot Springs Higher Education Scholarship, an endowment that provides $10,000 in funds annually to college-bound seniors.

“Presenting this scholarship to these deserving special people is one of the highlights of my job,” said Kjell Mitchell, president and chief executive officer for Glenwood Hot Springs. “The value of higher education cannot be overstated. Glenwood Hot Springs is pleased to be able to support and further the future professional goals of our local young adults through this scholarship.”

Pagni and Padgett will receive $5,000 each, distributed over four years. The gift is contingent on the students maintaining good grades at their respective universities.

Gunnar Pagni is a Coal Ridge High School senior who will attend Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction. He is looking forward to studying engineering in the fall. Pagni has many accolades to his credit; he is a member of National Honor Society, captain of the Coal Ridge football team and was named Student of the Year as a freshman. As a Glenwood Hot Springs employee, Pagni has worked as a pool attendant, lifeguard and pool cashier. He is the son of Tony and Sarah Pagni.

Glenwood Springs High School senior Hannah Padgett plans to attend the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley where she will enter the school’s prestigious nursing program. She is the daughter of Fred and Shar Padgett. Padgett has been employed at the Glenwood Hot Springs Grill since 2008 and is actively involved in community service through the Key Club at her school.

Congratulations to both Padgett and Pagni, 2013 Glenwood Hot Springs Higher Education Scholarship winners.

Foraker graduates cum laude from Colorado School of Mines

Janessa Foraker, a 2009 graduate of Glenwood Springs High School, graduated on May 10, 2013, magna cum laude from the Colorado School of Mines with a bachelor of science degree in engineering with a specialization in Environmental Engineering. While at Mines, she was named to the dean’s list eight times. She will be moving to Bakersfield, Calif., where she will be working as an environmental engineering specialist with Chevron Corp. She is the daughter of Greg and Lois Foraker of Glenwood Springs.


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