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Memories & Milestones

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Mitchell Murphy, a Basalt High School senior, was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout at a special Court of Honor on April 29. Eagle Scout is the highest rank in Boy Scouts and as a culmination of completing the requirements for this rank, Mitchell successfully organized and completed a project to build a protective railing for a frequently used set of hillside steps on an outdoor walkway in Basalt last summer. Mitchell has been accepted for enrollment at the Colorado School of Mines in August and will pursue a civil engineering degree.

Captivating audiences with a performance of a sonnet and monologue from Shakespeare, Caelina Eldred-Thielen from Carbondale, a student of Jeff Schlepp at Colorado Rocky Mountain School, placed as a semi-finalist at the English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition. The competition was held on April 26 at Lincoln Center in New York City for 58 winners of ESU Branch competitions nationwide. Caelina had won the ESU Denver Branch regional competition. This year’s winner of the ESU Dallas Branch regional competition, John-Michael Lyles, won first prize in the ESU National Shakespeare Competition, winning the ESU’s Amanda Steele Scholarship to attend the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art’s Young Actors Summer School in London, England. Caroline Amos, this year’s winner of the ESU St. Louis Branch area competition, was runner-up in the national competition, winning $1,000 from the ESU. Third place winner, Sophia Wise, representing the Central Florida Branch of the ESU, won $500 from the Shakespeare Society. The English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition is a school-based program to help students develop their speaking and critical thinking skills and their appreciation of literature as they explore the beauty of the language and timeless themes in Shakespeare’s works. In three progressive competition levels, students memorize, interpret, and perform monologues and sonnets in their own schools, at ESU Branch-sponsored community competitions and at the National Shakespeare Competition. Inaugurated in 1983, the program has engaged more than 250,000 young people.As the winner of a local English-Speaking Union Branch competition, Caelina was awarded the trip to New York City for the final stage of the Competition. For information on joining the ESU, visit and click on Join Us or call (212) 818-1200.

Four generations celebrated being together at the Mother’s Day Mile on Sunday. Julie Skramstad, center right, of Glenwood Springs had her mother Addy Woods as well as her daughters-in-law Jackie Skramstad, left, and Jill Skramstad with her sons Joe and Bryce.

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