Memories & Milestones |

Memories & Milestones

Post IndependentGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Ryan Foraker, a 2007 graduate of Glenwood Springs High School, graduated on May 13, 2011, from the Colorado School of Mines with a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering with a specialization in electrical engineering. He currently works in Denver for the Metro Wastewater Reclamation District as an electrical engineer. He is the son of Greg and Lois Foraker of Glenwood Springs.

Age is no respecter of boards and bricks as this year’s 10- to 14-year-old black belt testers broke all their boards and bricks during the curriculum portion of the annual PRO TKD Black Belt Test. The boards had descriptions and pictures of their fears, each tester explained them to a panel of judges and then smashed those fears with kicks and punches. The group excelled at demonstrating their martial art skills as well as their character. Remember the days when gentlemen opened the door for ladies and “please” and “thank you” were a common thing? Children had respect for their parents, teachers and elders. Answers to questions were “Yes, sir” or “Yes, ma’am.” Fear not because the characteristics of respect, good manners, courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self control, courage, discipline and patience were alive and well as six members of the Roaring Fork Valley became black belts on Sunday evening after a 48-hour test. PRO-TKD Martial Arts Center of Carbondale was proud to tie black belts on Lisa Kelley, 10, of Carbondale; Logan Hahn, 13, of Glenwood Springs; Jake Kelley, 12, of Carbondale; Cris Aguilar, 12, of Carbondale; Linda Fischbacker, 12, of Missouri Heights; and Rory Freeman, 14, of Carbondale before a crowd of family, friends, martial arts peers and distinguished judges. This annual test takes place in early August, beginning Friday evening and concluding Sunday evening. The test covers a wide variety of curricula that all the candidates have practiced as well as many team building, endurance and self-overcoming aspects that transform their character and build an understanding of who they are. By Sunday evening, they all have ownership in a confidence that will help them navigate the rest of their life. On Monday, when they shared their experiences and victories with their team mates at the PRO-TKD Center, their transformation was apparent to all. Sure they have great punching and kicking skills because they are martial artists, but they also have an understanding of the “Do” of Taekwondo, the Way. They have spent many hours of meditation on various topics of life to search deep and understand a piece of their purpose and their destiny.

2 round trip tickets on Airtran Airways – Dorothy McLaren2 night stay at Mountain Chalet in Snowmass w/ski or bike rental – Bank of Colorado (Jeff Johnson)1 night stay at JP McGills or Midnight Rose Casino and dinner for 2 at Down Under Steakhouse (Cripple Creek Colorado) – Rich Stewart4 tickets Rockies vs. Astros – Dave Loose2 rounds of golf at Lakota Canyon and Callaway Warbird golf balls and tees – Karan Meyer2 rounds of golf at Lakota Canyon – Chad Behnke4 1⁄2-day tickets at Blue Sky Adventure Co. – Jeff Carlson (Ford)$100 in Adventure Bucks from Glenwood Adventure Co. – Robin Tolan2 day passes to Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park – Frank BusseToyota Emergency Car Kit – Bank of Colorado (Jeff Johnson)$50 U.S. Savings Bond – Bart D’Agostino$20 Rivers restaurant gift certificate – Gregg RippyJunior Achievement thanks the many community members throughout the valley who purchased JA Raffle tickets. All prizes were donated and all dollars generated from tickets sales go directly to purchasing program kits in order to implement classes this school year. Contact district manager Sharon Brady at, or 970-404-7722 to inquire about volunteer opportunities. Also visit

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