Garfield 16 recognizes faculty and scholarship recipients
Garfield County School District 16 honored its employees for their contribution to the students and district during an annual event in late May.
The event — which is sponsored by the Grand Valley Educational Foundation, the Patricia C. Moore Advised Fund at Aspen Community Foundation — was hosted at Grand Valley Middle School, where rain did not dampen the festive atmosphere.
Teacher of the year award nominees for the 2015-16 school year included: primary teacher Emily Bolton, Erinn Tanner and Wendy Harris; intermediate teachers Jody Livingston, Andrea Darr and Krista Humphrey; middle school teachers Beau Williams, Denise Newlin and Chris Walker; and high school teachers Travis Fox, Joseph Kerlin and Clint Whitley.
Classified person of the year award nominees for the school year included: Christi Hughes at Grand Valley Center for Family Learning; Jeannie Miles at Bea Underwood Elementary; Gayle Riddle at Grand Valley Middle School; Rhonda Maxey at Grand Valley High School; and districtwide employee Naomi Laidlaw.
Recipients of the teacher of the year awards and classified person of the year were: Whitley at GVHS; Newlin at GVMS; Harris at GVCFL; Humphrey at BUE; and classified employee Miles.
Lastly, the school district also recognized employees reaching pivotal years in their school district careers also were recognized and applauded for their years of service.
Grand Valley Educational Foundation board members Roy McClung, Dasa Bryan, Nancy Jay, Richard Nipper, Ava Lanes, David Blair, Rose Belden, Jennifer Dekam, Lorile Loesch, Vinnie Tomasulo and ex-officio member Garfield 16 Superintendent Ken Haptonstall, stated their pride to be part of the ninth-annual event.
The GVEF is a nonprofit foundation serving the school community. Its mission is to improve the quality of education by enhancing the learning opportunities for students and teachers within the district through increased community awareness and support.
Board members also recognized the 2016 recipients of the scholarships the foundation manages, through the granting of $9,000 toward the higher education of five exceptional young people graduating from the district.
This year’s selection process was extremely hard, according to the foundation, due to the applicants’ outstanding grades, high ACT scores, volunteer hours and their demonstration of leadership skills.
Scholarships awarded include:
The American Legion Academic Scholarship was awarded to Braeden Paskett in the amount of $1,000.
The American Legion Vocational Scholarship was awarded to Jesus Raygoza Castillo in the amount of $1,000.
The Carl H. Bernklau Academic Scholarship was awarded to Delcia Orona in the amount of $2,000.
The Carl H. Bernklau Continuing Education Scholarship was awarded to Houston Stansbury in the amount of $2,500.
The Pam Brock Academic Scholarship was awarded to Allie Dovey in the amount of $2,000.
GVEF board members shared their excitement about the futures of these students and congratulated them, along with all of the graduates of Grand Valley High School in 2016.
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