PEO awards 2 scholarships | PostIndependent.com

PEO awards 2 scholarships

Desiree Smith
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PEO Chapter IW awarded two scholarships this year.

Every year the chapter holds a fundraiser in the fall, and the money raised is used to help local young women heading to college. Recipients this year are one from Grand Valley High School and one from Coal Ridge High School.

Desiree Smith, a graduate of GVHS, will be attending Colorado State University to work on a double major in Political Science and Communications with a minor in Legal Studies. Her plans are to attend law school after receiving her undergraduate degree.

She has been accepted into the Key Communities Learning Program, which will help her with classes and allow her to volunteer 1-2 hours a week. She was an eight-year member of 4-H, participated in the GVHS TheaterCo, is an active member of the Grace Bible Church — both an AWANA leader as well as a VSB leader — loves to read, has worked with special needs children, and plays the saxophone, clarinet and piano.

Amanda Wenzel attended CRHS. She has two siblings — a brother, Danny, who is 16, and a sister, Alyssa, who is 13. While at Coal Ridge she played soccer and basketball and ran track.

She will be attending Colorado Mesa University to obtain a bachelor’s degree in nursing and will play on the CMU Women’s soccer team. When not playing soccer she enjoys jeeping, snowboarding, fishing, travel, reading and doing puzzles.


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