Mountain Mailbag

Edited by Donna Daniels

Kiwanis honors OWL scholars

Local Kiwanians recently hosted a select group of Glenwood Springs High School students and their parents for the 41st annual OWL awards. Kiwanis honored the academic top 15 percent among sophomores, juniors and seniors by presenting certificates and pins recognizing scholastic prowess. Previous OWL ceremonies involved students from all three Re-1 high schools who achieved a fixed grade average.

The evening featured refreshments and a keynote address by Glenwood City Councilman Dan Richardson, a 1990 GSHS graduate. Principal Mike Wells announced the names of recipients, and seniors announced plans for college and careers.

Kiwanians capped the 50-minute ceremony with the presentation of the first annual Marble Owl Award to junior Lauren Maggiore. The new honor recognizes community service combined with academic excellence. As part of her award, Maggiore selected YouthZone, represented by coordinator Patty Schaffner, to receive a cash donation from Kiwanis.

Battle of the Bands winners

Local bands emerged victorious at last week’s Battle of the Bands. Every participating school was a winner because each participating school music department will share the funds raised for this event. The pre-bean counter estimate is $5-10K! Every competitor took home swag and 10 minutes of glory. High school band winners were: first place, CRMS Advanced Band Section #1; second place, Roaring Fork High School Blues Band. High school garage band winners were: first place, Revel, Glenwood Springs High School, and second place, FSU from CRMS.

Middle-school garage band winners were: first place, a tie between Lynx 93 from Aspen Community School and Whiplash from Aspen Middle School and the Waldorf School; second place, Schoolyard Pick-Me-Ups from Glenwood Springs Middle School; third place, Pixie Stix from Basalt Middle School.

Judges Choice award winners were Lindsay and the Top Hats from Aspen High School and James Bra’ from Yampa High School. The Best Guitar Performance of the Battle was Patrick Semple of Whiplash. He won a 1999 American Fender Stratocaster ($900 value).

Locals graduate from CU

Caitlin Conway, a 1999 graduate of Glenwood Springs High School and daughter of Granville and Siobhan Conway, recently received a bachelor of science degree in biology from the University of Colorado.

Other local CU graduates included Kevin T. Deutsch, Taryn L. Gillespie, Barbara E. Obrochta, Trina J. Romero, Amanda L. Wagner, Jared A. Walter, Bianca D. Miller, Bryan H. Queen, Derek W. Joyner, Mary C. Wood and Natalie A. Markuson, all of Glenwood Springs.

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