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Stacey Miller graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder on May 6, 2011, with a double major in integrative physiology and psychology. Miller is a 2006 Glenwood Springs High School graduate and the daughter of Terri and Scott Miller. She is currently working at the Health Care Center of Frasier Meadows in Boulder with plans to go to nursing school. Her long-term plan is to become a nurse practitioner.

Grand River Hospital District honored its volunteers on Friday, May 13, at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Gala. The event honored the 2010 Volunteer of the Year, Victoria Kesler, and the 2010 Young Adult Volunteer of the Year, Gina Marjanen. Kesler has been a volunteer with the hospital for many years. She manages the gift shop at Grand River Hospital and Medical Center and volunteers at many events including the Grand Chance for Chocolate and the health fairs hosted by Grand River. She was the 2010 Grand River Volunteer Association president and now serves as the Colorado Association of Hospital Auxilians/ Volunteers (CAHAV) District co-chair. Marjanen has volunteered at Grand River for two years. Starting when she was 15, Gina has spent two days a week in the marketing department, where she aids the department in filing, recording, event preparation, relocation marketing efforts, and everyday duties. In addition, she volunteers her time to help at Grand River health fairs. The Volunteer Appreciation Gala also paid tribute to new volunteer programs, such as HOPE emergency pet therapy and Gracenotes music program. A large portion of the volunteer base at Grand River helps with Meals on Wheels of Garfield County, which has been supported by Grand River since 1976. In 2010, the Meals on Wheels program had 100 volunteers and delivered more than 10,000 meals. For more information, please visit http://www.grhd.org.

The Western Academic Talent Search (WATS) celebrated the top scoring students from a seven-state region for the 2010-2011 academic year last Saturday at the Colorado School of Mines. Zoey Steel of New Castle was recognized for achieving an outstanding score on the ACT/EXPLORE that is offered to eligible students in grades three through nine to assess and recognize academically talented youth in the top 95% of nationally-normed standardized test scorers. Zoey was additionally in the top 10% of all participating WATS students in her state to be recognized at the state ceremony, and actually achieved the highest score in two of the subjects for her grade.Each year, top scoring WATS participants in Colorado, Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico and Wyoming are honored in the spring at a WATS State Recognition Ceremony. Since grade level testing often does not reveal the upper limits of gifted students’ abilities, talent search participants are offered the opportunity to take a college entrance test. By using a more difficult test (one with a higher “ceiling”), the academic talent search provides valuable assessment information to help students recognize and develop their academic strengths and identify educational programming that best matches their interests, pace and abilities. Celebrating its 29th year, WATS is part of the national academic talent search program offered regionally through the Center for Bright Kids in affiliation with Johns Hopkins, Duke and Northwestern universities, identifying more than 3,000 students in the Rocky Mountain region. For more information regarding participation in the Western Academic Talent Search or CBK Summer Programs based on the talent development model, please contact the WATS offices at (303) 428-2634 or cbk@centerforbrightkids.org. More information on the Center for Bright Kids Regional Talent Development Center is available at http://www.centerforbrightkids.org.


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