CRMS 2002 underclass award winners announced |

CRMS 2002 underclass award winners announced

CARBONDALE – Andrew Menke, head of school at Colorado Rocky Mountain School, has announced the underclassmen recipients of this year’s annual awards of excellence, which include the Community Award and the Academic Excellence Award.

Senior recipients of the awards – Lissa Pabst and Sami Boyle – were announced at the June 1 commencement ceremonies (see story page 7).

The prestigious honors are the only awards the school confers upon its students. “We want all of our students to meet their own personal goals instead of being driven by external recognition,” explained Menke.

The highest distinction CRMS awards to a student is the Community Award, which honors students for their responsibility beyond themselves and for their willingness to work for the benefit of all. The entire student body and faculty are behind the nomination and selection process of these honored students.

This year’s underclassmen recipients of the Community Award are freshman Gretchen Grebe (a day student from Carbondale), sophomore Michael Colangelo (also from Carbondale) and junior Pasang Sherpa (a boarding student from Nepal).

When announcing the awards, Menke said that Grebe “invests the time and energy to make our community stronger,” both on and off campus. This summer she will take part in an exchange program in Spain.

Colangelo “is the consummate school person, putting the needs of the community before his own on so many occasions,” said Menke. The sophomore’s contributions have included taking a leadership role in the El Pomar Youth in Community Service (EPYCS) program of student-led philanthropy. “He receives high praise from all who know him for his sincere dedication to helping out whenever and wherever it is needed,” said Menke.

Sherpa “is universally liked and admired for her perennially positive outlook and generous sense of humor, even when faced with an extended paper in her second language or a five-mile hike through waist-deep snow,” said Menke. “In her two years here, she has embraced all aspects of our program, always ready to experience something new: joining an award-winning rock band, learning to roll a kayak, shooting hoops, heading up a dorm and dancing in front of the school to the beat of a Korean pop song, to name a few.”

The Academic Excellence Award was also recently presented to underclassmen. This award is conferred on students whose academic performance during the year demonstrates remarkable consistency at the highest level of achievement.

This year’s 9th- through 11th-grade recipients of the Academic Excellence Award are freshman Hanna Farrar (Carbondale), sophomore Greg Bartlomiejczuk (Glenwood Springs) and junior Jeong-hwan Kim (South Korea).

Farrar was named for this award, in part, because she “enriches every classroom with her energy, participation and commitment,” said one faculty member. “She is not afraid to take risks and puts her heart and soul into everything she does.”

Bartlomiejczuk, who was cited for straight As and for learning both Spanish and English (while already being bilingual), will study international relations at Oxford this summer.

Kim was applauded for not only having a flawless academic record, but for putting forth extraordinary effort to exceed his teachers’ expectations. “In the classroom, he is positive, thoughtful in his contributions, inquisitive and genuinely interested in learning,” said Menke.

Colorado Rocky Mountain School challenges students to excel in a college-preparatory academic curriculum balanced within a program of the arts, athletics, physical work, service to the community and enriching wilderness experience. Teachers and administrators at CRMS believe in the education of the whole person, and graduate students with a strong sense of self-worth and a lifelong passion for learning.

To learn more about this unique boarding and day school, call CRMS at 970-963-2562 or visit the student-generated website at

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