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Education Briefs

Colorado Connections Academy Schools, one of the state’s leading providers of virtual education for grades K-9, has resumed enrolling students for the 2005-06 school year. In order to be eligible, new Connections Academy students must have been enrolled in a Colorado public school on Oct. 1, 2005, and have a report card from this school year displaying successful completion of the first semester. Kindergartners are exempted from these requirements.

Connections Academy serves students in grades K-9 across Colorado through its partnership with Denver Public Schools. Because ColCA is a public school program, there is no tuition or fee to enroll.

Applications may be completed online at http://www.connectionsacademy. com/state/enrollment.asp?sid=co, or can be downloaded from the Connections Academy Web site and submitted via fax or mail. The deadline for enrolling new students is Feb. 1; apply now to assure the enrollment process is complete before the deadline.

Tomorrow’s businessmen and businesswomen can accelerate their path to achievement and success by taking advantage of scholarships offered through Colorado’s and America’s largest small-business group. The Young Entrepreneur Foundation of the National Federation of Independent Business, in conjunction with NFIB/Colorado, awards $1,000 scholarships annually to high school seniors who have demonstrated entrepreneurial initiative. Seniors who have launched a small enterprise, have solid test scores and/or have been active in civic organizations are excellent YEF candidates.

Applications will be accepted between now and March 15, 2006. Students can get a head start today by logging on to for more details.

Applicants must be nominated by one of NFIB/Colorado’s 12,000 small-business members. A list of NFIB members in particular communities can be obtained by calling NFIB Member Care Center at (800) NFIB-NOW.

Glenwood Springs High School will offer a college funding session on filling out the federal aid FAFSA forms at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, in the GSHS library. For questions, call counselor Bob Willey at 384-5561.

The Roaring Fork Pre-Collegiate Program is now recruiting volunteer mentors to help sixth- through 12th-grade students in the Basalt, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs public schools build the skills and desire to pursue post-secondary education. The program focuses on students who would be the first in their families to attend college.

Mentors meet weekly with a group of up to 10 students to share college experiences and work on basic study and learning skills. A mentor training will be conducted at the end of January. To apply, contact Ramon Verduzco at 384-5967. For additional information, visit http://precollegiate.rfsd.k12.

Kacy Wolf, Glenwood Springs, The Art Institute of Phoenix, graphic design

James Benson, Glenwood Springs, Adams State College, M.A., education

Lori Carrick, Glenwood Springs, Adams State College, M.A., education

Paul Ferguson, Glenwood Springs, Adams State College, M.A., education

Robert Fishman, Glenwood Springs, Adams State College, M.A., education

Diana Kruis, Glenwood Springs, Adams State College, M.A., education

Matthew Marran, Glenwood Springs, Adams State College, M.A., education

Ruth Podmore, Glenwood Springs, Adams State College, M.A., education

Kathy Whiting, Glenwood Springs, Adams State College, M.A., education

Elizabeth Wissing, Glenwood Springs, Adams State College, M.A., education

Andrea Sprung, Glenwood Springs, Adams State College, M.A., education

Sarah Adams, New Castle, Daniels College of Business, International Master of Business Administration with concentration of finance

Danielle Lough, Glenwood Springs, Dean’s Honor Roll, Abilene Christian University, composite interdisciplinary major

Andrea Collier, Glenwood Springs, Dean’s List, Northwestern College, Spanish

One dozen top high school music students from the Roaring Fork School District have been named to the Colorado Music Educators’ Association District 8 Honor Band, which encompasses all of northwestern Colorado.

The honor band students recently performed in a group of 100 musicians at Harris Hall in Aspen after just two days of rehearsal.

District 8 honor band students from Glenwood Springs High School include: junior Mallerie Neal on clarinet, senior Liz Henrie on tuba, junior Ryan Cleland on French horn, junior Josh Currier on trumpet, sophomore Rebecca Fitzgerald on trumpet, junior Bryce McDermott on percussion and senior Jesse Riley on percussion.

District 8 honor band students from Roaring Fork High School include senior Lindsay Dudycha on clarinet and sophomore Nick Walgren on flute.

District honor band students from Basalt High School include sophomores Nick Holloran on trumpet, Michael Perez on clarinet and Nuala DelPiccolo on French horn.

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