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Daniels, Boettcher scholars from area schools named

Boettcher scholarship winners

Solana Teitler – Roaring Fork High School

Paola Ortiz – Coal Ridge High School


daniels scholarship winners

Lux Andrade – Roaring Fork High School

Steven Garcia-Machuca – Basalt High School

Stephen Jones – Coal Ridge High School

Thousands of high school students across the state applied to be among this year’s winners of the prestigious Daniels and Boettcher scholarships, which will give them a full-ride or equivalent to a college of their choice.

Among the 42 Boettcher Scholarship winners, out of nearly 1,500 high school seniors who applied, Roaring Fork High School’s Solana Teitler and Coal Ridge High School’s Paola Ortiz were both named.

Ortiz is CRHS’s second Boettcher Scholar in three years, according to a press release from the Garfield Re-2 School District. She hopes to study medicine at the University of Colorado – Boulder.

Established in 1952, the scholarship program awards 42 students each year the chance to receives a full-ride education to any nonprofit college or university in Colorado.

Teitler’s classmate, Lux Andrade, and Basalt High School’s Steven Garcia-Machuca were named Daniels Scholarship winners, along with Coal Ridge High School’s Stephen Jones.

“We are so incredibly proud of both Lux and Solana,” RFHS Principal Brett Stringer said in a press release. “They are two shining examples of how caring and hard-working our students are. Both of them are in constant pursuit of knowledge and opportunities to better the world around them.”

Garcia-Machuca also received ​the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship, which is a highly competitive national undergraduate scholarship program that will allow ​Garcia-Machuca​ to attend his university for free.

“​Steven is one of the most motivated people I have ever met. He possesses a unique combination of academic excellence, social acumen, and leadership abilities that make him one of the most well-rounded students I’ve encountered.” said Liz Penzel, the BHS college and career counselor.

Approximately 1,850 students completed applications for the Daniels Scholarship Program this year, according to a press release, and of the 218 students were selected. Among them were 134 from Colorado.

The Daniels Scholarship covers all expenses after other scholarships and awards for a recipient to attend a nonprofit college or university of their choice anywhere in the country.


(Editor’s note: For more information on Garfield Re-2’s scholarship winners, pick up this week’s Rifle Citizen Telegram or visit the Rifle page at postindependent.com. Also, look for more on the Roaring Fork School District recipients in a forthcoming edition of the Post Independent.)

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