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Miss Strawberry Days to be crowned Friday

The 2006 Miss Strawberry Days Scholarship Contest will award a total of $4,500 in college funds to three local young women. The annual contest is open to Garfield County residents aged 16-20.There will be a fashion show at the Hotel Colorado at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 15, and final judging and crowning will be Friday at Sayre Park.

Abby just finished her junior year at Basalt High School and will graduate in December 2006. She plans on attending CU-Boulder in the fall of 2007 to study journalism and theater. She hopes to become a journalist at a top magazine or an actress on the silver screen. She is involved in various clubs, dance team and spring musicals. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, dancing, participating in local theater and working with children in the Earthbeat Summer Music Camps, teaching them to express themselves through music. She is sponsored by Glenwood Springs Ford.

Jennifer recently graduated from Glenwood Springs High School and plans on attending University of Northern Colorado to receive a bachelor’s degree in sports and exercise science with a double minor in coaching and Spanish, and perhaps going on to get her master’s degree in medical administration. She would like to become an athletic trainer. Jennifer has lived in Glenwood Springs for the last 10 years and has been a competitive swimmer for the last eight years with the Sopris Barracudas. She was also on the Glenwood Springs High School swim team the last four years. She qualified in the top 16 at the state meet this season in the 50 and 100 freestyle. She was invited to join the UNC swim team. Jennifer’s hobbies include swimming, hiking, biking, rafting, boating, camping and wake boarding. She also enjoys dancing, basketball and relaxing. She is sponsored by Pine’s Stone.



Rosario graduated from Glenwood Springs High School in 2005 and is attending Colorado Mountain College. She participated in many community service activities such as: ESL teacher’s aid, organizing dances to raise money and visiting Glen Valley Nursing Home. Rosario was born in Mexico and came to the United States when she was a little more than a year old. She lived most of her life in California and moved to Colorado when she was 16. She enjoys running, swimming and snowboarding. Her hobbies have led to her interest in physical training, which she hopes to make a career opportunity. Currently she is employed at the Hot Springs Lodge and Pool Sports Shop, where she was recently honored as the employee of the month. Rosario is sponsored by the Hot Springs Lodge and Pool.

Vanessa attended Glenwood Springs High School for the past two years, which has provided a stepping-stone that will allow her to pursue higher education at Colorado Mountain College. Her goal is to become a registered nurse, and contribute to the well-being of people in need. Vanessa also plans on serving as a Peace Corps volunteer for two years. While in high school she participated in several activities with the Latino Club, choir and club dance. Her experiences helped her overcome her shyness, thus gaining confidence. Vanessa is looking forward to the opportunity to be part of this community tradition. She is sponsored by La Tribuna Newspaper.



Laurren is a recent graduate of Glenwood Springs High School and will be attending the Art Institute of Colorado in the fall, where she plans on pursuing her dream to become an interior designer. In high school she was a member of Future Business Leaders of America and participated in the Teen Pal Program through YouthZone. Laurren also has a passion for dance and is a member of the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts Senior Dance Co. She has participated in shows such as the Aspen Dance Connections Annual Showcase, Passions of the Heart, and the local Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts’ “Dancers Dancing.” Her hobbies include painting, where she has been awarded for her work from organizations such as the Colorado Women’s Foundation and the Glenwood Springs Art Guild. Laurren is sponsored by her employer, Moe’s Southwest Grill.

Mandy recently graduated from Glenwood Springs High School and is looking forward to attending CU-Boulder this fall and majoring in communications. She intends to maintain her involvement in many of the activities she enjoyed during high school, including speech and debate, theatrical productions, community service, church involvement and mission work. She also plans to use what she learned through being a peer counselor and completing an intercultural training program to continue providing support for her fellow peers. She is sponsored by Rocky Mountain Urology.

Kelcey, a recent graduate from Glenwood Springs High School, is looking forward to the next chapter in her life. She will begin college in the fall at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, in Denver, to pursue a future in graphic arts and design. With her strong curiosity and interest in the media and arts, she feels a career in this field would be the prefect tool to achieve her goals. Kelcey enjoys a number of activities such as volleyball, sewing, cooking and hockey. She also takes pleasure in spending time with friends, family and supporting her brothers in their activities. Kelcey is sponsored by Bart Victor, owner of Vicco’s Charcoalburger.

Lauren graduated in 2005 from Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins. During that time she was on the varsity swim team and the Fort Collins Youth Rugby Team, served as a peer counselor, and was involved in Young Life. Lauren is attending Mesa State College and plans on graduating with an MBA in business administration. Lauren is sponsored by Lisa and Mark Bryan and Brown Dog Design.

Secia will attend New York University this fall to pursue a degree in musical theater. In 2001, she played the lead in “Little Red Riding Hood” for Theater Aspen. Secia’s Defiance Theatre appearances included “Meet Me in St. Louis” and “Once Upon A Mattress.” In 2005, she won “Stars of Tomorrow.” At Glenwood Springs High School she appeared in numerous productions including “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” as well as playing Eponine in “Les Miserables.” Secia was awarded the Outstanding Drama Student for 2006, and received the Jeannie Miller Award for excellence in choir. Secia was involved in Key Club, Student Council, FBLA, Chess Club, Latin American Students United, Speech Team and National Honor Society. She is sponsored by Mountain Radiology.

Chyna is a recent graduate of Glenwood Springs High School. She plans to attend CMC in the fall and to transfer to Rhode Island College in Providence, to pursue her major. During her high school years she was involved with the local Symphony in the Valley, playing 1st and 2nd violin. Chyna also served on the Junior Achievement board, which is a program designed to help kids stay in school. When Chyna is not busy with school and extracurricular activities, she spends time with family and friends. Her interests include drawing, writing and reading. Chyna is sponsored by Big John’s Building and Home Center.

Heather graduated from Rifle High School. Her future plans include attending University of Northern Colorado, where she will major in biomedical sciences and hopes to work in a laboratory finding a cure for asthma. In high school Heather was a member of the National Honor Society, L.I.N.K.S., Who’s Who Among American High School Students and the National Society of High School Scholars. While in high school she maintained a 3.5 or better GPA and was chosen as one of nine Golden Bear in academics recipients. Heather’s hobbies include singing, attending Mass, reading, studying, volunteering and playing the clarinet and the oboe. She also enjoys spending time with her family. Heather is sponsored by State Farm Insurance-Carl Ciani.

Melissa is a 2006 graduate of Rifle High School. Melissa’s future plans include attending Mesa State College to obtain a degree in Music Performance and Marketing/Advertising. Melissa has received many awards such as Most Likely to be Famous, Heart of Gold, Best Smile, Nicest Eyes, and the Riverside Junior High “Kindness” Award. Melissa was involved in the Safe School Ambassador Program; was nominated by her peers and teachers to be a student representative for her high school; was involved in Link Leader program, DECA and varsity chorus; and was a varsity cheerleader. Melissa has also spent many hours volunteering at local nursing homes. Her hobbies include singing, writing music, playing guitar, photography, traveling and shopping. Melissa is being sponsored by Moonlight Concrete.

Michelle just completed her junior year at Basalt High School. Michelle has participated in multiple honors classes including journalism, English, and calculus. She has received such awards as Achieving Honors Awards, Most Valuable Attitude and multiple awards for her participation in extracurricular activities, and was honorably mentioned as the Overall Best-Achieved student in her CMC American Sign Language class. As of December 2006, Michelle will be graduating a semester early and qualify as a junior her first year attending the college of her choice, CU-Boulder, and plans on majoring in journalism. She is sponsored by MWM Electric.

Gabriela is a 2006 Glenwood Springs High School graduate and plans on attending Colorado Mountain College to obtain an Associate of Arts degree with a business emphasis. After graduating from CMC, she plans on attending a business school in Colorado to get her bachelor’s degree in business administration. She originally lived in Mexico and spoke no English when she moved to the United States. She maintained a 3.8-4.0 grade point average and placed in the top 15 percent of her class. From her freshman year to senior year she was certified for Academic Excellence in almost all of her classes, and during her junior and senior years she became part of the National Honor Society and mentored students. During her senior year she was honored by the Rotary Club as an outstanding senior. Gabriela’s hobbies include running, reading, hiking, biking and going to the theater. Gabriela is sponsored by The Property Shop.

Lisa attended the Air Academy High School in Colorado Springs. While in high school she studied photography and is currently enrolled in the digital photography program at Colorado Mountain College. She has been on the dean’s list, honor roll and merit honor roll. Lisa enjoys photography, lacrosse, making jewelry, tie-dye and other creative arts. She has applied to become a mentor through YouthZone and is also a volunteer lacrosse coach. Lisa is sponsored by 8th Street Deli.

Jackie just completed her junior year at Glenwood Springs High School. Upon graduation, she plans on attending the University of Northern Colorado to earn her degree in psychology and afterwards study psychiatry. In high school she is part of the speech team, Key Club, DECA and varsity choir and has helped with homecoming and prom. Jackie’s hobbies include music, shopping, hiking, swimming and the outdoors. She is sponsored by Dars Divers and the Peanut Hut.

Cynthia Leeann is a junior at Rifle High School and upon graduation plans on attending medical school. She is on the varsity volleyball team, ladies choir, and currently holds a 3.8 GPA and ranks 10 out of 212 students. She has lettered both in academics and volleyball. Her interests include weightlifting, hunting, fishing and volunteering at Grand River medical Center and E.D. Moore Care Center. Cynthia’s goal is to become a plastic surgeon to help those that have facial deformities. She is sponsored by Grand River Hospital District.

Lisa Marie graduated from Glenwood Springs/Bridges High School and plans on attending the University of Colorado in Boulder to major in chemical engineering. After completing her master’s degree she plans on attending a biblical school for two years. Lisa has participated in EPYCS, Student Council, Key Club, Peer Counseling, DECA, volleyball, swimming, tennis and FBLA. She went to state twice as a member of the volleyball team and FBLA for public speaking. Lisa’s hobbies include camping and tennis. She also likes spending time with friends, family and animals. She is sponsored by ELAM Construction.

Roni is a recent graduate of Rifle High School and plans on attending the Glenwood Beauty Academy. In high school she was a three-year varsity player on the tennis team for Glenwood Springs High School. She has volunteered for highway cleanups in Eagle and the Garfield County District, Colorado Division of Wildlife, and the Colorado Special Olympics. Roni also teaches group and private tennis lessons for all ages in her community. She is sponsored by Swallow Oil Co.

Kendra, a recent graduate of Rifle High School, plans on attending Glenwood Beauty Academy and one day to own her own salon. In high school, Kendra was involved in programs such as LINKS and Teen Pals. Kendra’s favorite sport is volleyball, and in high school she played on the varsity team and received the honorable mention award. Her other hobbies include snowboarding and wakeboarding. Kendra is sponsored by RTM Construction.

Crystal attended high school in Lancaster, Calif., and is currently a sophomore at Colorado Mountain College. She will graduate with an Associate of Arts degree and plans on working towards a master’s degree in occupational therapy. While attending high school, she was involved in the California Scholarship Federation, junior varsity basketball team and was a Link Leader. She enjoys playing sports, listening to music, decorating, learning, scrapbooking, reading, traveling and her friends. Crystal is sponsored by Teresa Shadlow, her work supervisor.Photos by Erin Cady/Special to the Post Independent


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