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Sixteen vie to be Miss Strawberry Days

Sixteen local teenagers will vie for the title of 2002 Miss Strawberry Days.This scholarship contest is part of the 105th annual Strawberry Days celebration, which officially begins Friday, June 21. During the week of June 17, contestants will be involved in activities throughout the community. These young, talented and caring individuals will serve strawberries and ice cream on Tuesday, June 18, to the residents of the Glen Valley Care Center.On Thursday, June 20, they will participate in an interview process with a panel of judges. The community is invited to kick off the Strawberry Days Celebration at a fashion show featuring the contestants modeling fashions from local Chamber Resort Association merchants, beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 20, at the Hotel Colorado. The show will commemorate this year’s festival theme, “Hooray for the Red, White and Blue.” Contestants will be representing the fashions of “Women Across America.”The Awards Ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, June 21, at the KidsFest Stage at Sayre Park. The public is invited.Contestants will participate in the Strawberry Days parade, which begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 22. The parade route runs from the Grand Avenue Bridge south to Sayre Park. This year’s first-place winner receives a $1,500 scholarship and a 3-credit-hour gift certificate from Colorado Mountain College; second place receives a $1,000 scholarship; and third place receives a $500 scholarship.Here are this year’s Miss Strawberry Days contestants: Ari Ansbro is a 2002 graduate of Glenwood Springs High School with a 3.8 GPA. Ari has a natural love of music and has been singing since she could first speak. Other interests include theater, being with friends and family, and volunteering. She has participated in the Key Club and National Honor Society and has twice been honored with the Kiwanis OWL award and awards in biology, chemistry, anatomy, Algebra II, geometry, drama, English and world history. Ari will be attending Seton Hall University to major in applied music and plans to pursue her dream of performing on Broadway. Her sponsor is the Springs Theater.Stacy Atkins is a 2002 Glenwood Springs High School graduate and grew up in the Roaring Fork Valley where her family has lived and worked for over half a century. Her interest lies in the health care field. Her senior year she was president of Health Occupations Students of America, was a top three student at the State HOSA Competition, and was recognized as an outstanding Med Prep student at GSHS. She hopes to become a registered nurse and will study nursing at Colorado Mountain College. Stacy has been a peer counselor, a volunteer at Valley View Hospital, and is currently a Pal with YouthZone. Stacy loves to bike, hike, camp, fish and ski. She was an accomplished member of the Springers track club and high school track team. Her sponsor is Panama Jack.Crystal Carver is a 2002 graduate of Glenwood Springs High School with a 3.95 GPA and participated in numerous extracurricular activities. She was the Student Body president, DECA president, Key Club secretary, and participated in FBLA. This year she participated in the National DECA competition in Salt Lake City. Crystal loves to play sports, particularly volleyball and tennis, in which she earned All Conference awards her senior year. She lettered three years in volleyball and served as team captain this year and her team went to the state tournament. She also participated in the CHSAA All State Volleyball Game this summer. Crystal lettered for three years in tennis, and, with her doubles partner, earned a trip to the 2002 State Tennis Tournament. Next year Crystal will major in accounting at the University of Denver and plans to play intramural sports.Rachel Caughern grew up in the small Southern town of Heavener, Okla., and moved to Glenwood Springs three years ago. She was a member of the GSHS cheerleading squad, which earned state titles three years running and took fourth place at national competition. Cheerleading is her favorite sport and takes precedence over other favorites including fast/slow pitch softball, basketball and track. Rachel is the oldest of four children and is thankful for family support in her life. Her hobbies include running, swimming and singing in talent shows. She is a lifeguard at River Valley Ranch and dreams of becoming a pop star. Her sponsor is Vicki Lee Green Realtors.Piper Fairbanks is a Glenwood Springs native and a graduate of the Glenwood Springs High School class of 2002. Piper plans to major in business administration at Colorado State University. She has received Academic All State, Western Slope League All Conference Honorable Mention for volleyball; the OWL award three years in a row; was editorial editor her junior and senior year for the school newspaper; competed in state with Future Business Leaders of America and Distributive Educative Clubs of America; and was a peer counselor. Piper played volleyball throughout high school, lettering her junior and senior year. She maintained a 3.7 GPA throughout high school. She enjoys volleyball, traveling, working, and spending time with her family. Volunteer efforts include the Roaring Fork Marathon, Make a Difference Day, and Salvation Army bell ringing, and teaching bully proofing for Glenwood Springs Middle School. Her sponsor is The Property Shop. At 18, Sarah Fetchik-McDaniel is the youngest graduate of the Colorado Mountain College class of 2002. She received the David Allen Outstanding Student Memorial Award, is on the National Dean’s list, the Colorado Mountain College’s President’s List (three consecutive semesters) and the Colorado Mountain College Dean’s List. She was home-schooled from fifth grade through high school. She has also received four student appreciation awards from the professors at CMC and is an enhanced member of the National Honor Society, Phi Theta Kappa. She volunteers at Colorado Animal Rescue and mentors and tutors young home-schooled children. Sarah enjoys snowboarding and playing softball, mountain biking, in-line skating, debating and problem solving. Sarah wants to be a criminal lawyer and will study criminology and pre-law at Mesa State College. Her sponsor is Modern Imports.Hayley Harris was born and raised in Glenwood Springs. She is a 2002 graduate of Glenwood Springs High School and was 10th in her class with a 3.9 GPA. In school, Hayley was active in Student Council and DECA and served as an executive officer of National Honor Society. She was team captain of Mock Trial and participated in many high school and Defiance Community Theatre productions. This spring she played the female lead in the CMC musical “Footloose.” Hayley has devoted hundreds of volunteer hours at Valley View Hospital, the office of Congressman Scott McInnis and as an officer of Key Club. In the fall, she will be attending Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., to pursue a major in child cognitive development. Her sponsor is the Glenwood Caverns and Fairy Caves.Ashley Holtum is a 2002 graduate of Glenwood Springs High School. Ashley was involved in Key Club as class representative, DECA as the director of communications and a national qualifier, and student council as a class representative. She was also a member of the Mock Trial Team A, which took third at national competition. Ashley loves choir and was a 2002 All State Choir member. For the past two years she was on the league champion varsity soccer team. She was a member of the National Honor Society and the Graduation Planning Committee. She believes that school comes first and is proud of maintaining a 3.9 GPA. Ashley is enrolled in the Honors Program at Denver University, where she is a member of the Wellness House, which focuses on maintaining a well-rounded and healthy lifestyle. With a probable minor in wellness and an undeclared major, Ashley is excited to start the new year and knows the future holds as much success as the past.Her sponsor is WestStar Bank. Saylee Kerschen, 17, is a senior at Glenwood Springs High School. She is the president of El Pomar Youth & Community Service (EPYCS) program. She was voted EPYCS member of the year and has also been Student of the Week. Saylee is also involved in basketball and DECA. She has been involved in the Pals program through YouthZone and hopes to continue with the program. Her interests include basketball and any outdoor activities that she can do with her friends. Saylee also has worked at the Glenwood Springs Chamber for more than four years. She attended Girls State and is a member of the First United Methodist Church. Saylee hopes to attend either Texas Tech or Texas A&M in the fall of 2003 where she will study public relations or elementary education. Her sponsor is Lisa Arneson of Mona Lisa. Amber Komula, 18, is a graduate of Rifle High School and works at Dos Hombres Restaurant in Glenwood Springs. Amber is the oldest of three children and has been home schooled and attended private Christian school before attending and graduating from Rifle High School. Over the years she has been involved in gymnastics, dance and choir, and was a varsity football and basketball cheerleader and squad captain. Amber has also participated in theater set design and painting, as well as makeup and stagehand. Over spring break, Amber went on a mission trip to Tecate, Mexico, where she and other volunteers from area churches built a homeless shelter and taught Bible school. Her hobbies include painting, drawing, interior design and dance and she has worked as a gymnastics instructor. Amber plans to attend Colorado Mountain College to earn her associate in arts degree with an emphasis in art and design. She hopes to obtain a bachelor’s degree in fine art and go into teaching or interior design. Her sponsor is R&A Enterprises of Carbondale. Susie Munoz just finished her junior year at Rifle High School with a 3.3 GPA. Now that her family has moved to Glenwood Springs, she is looking forward to attending Glenwood Springs High School.Susie was born in Mexico and came to the United States to be with her mother only two years ago. Susie cares for her two younger sisters every day after school while her mother works, which limits her time for extra-curricular activities. She studies hard and hopes to attend business school when she graduates. Her sponsor is Rio Vista Translating and Immigration Services in Glenwood Springs.Aston Schaub, 18, is a 2002 graduate of Glenwood Springs High School. She completed 11 credit courses at Colorado Mountain College during her last semester of high school. Aston completed her Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Basic class and Intercambio Spanish. This year she is joining the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Division chapter in Glenwood Springs because she wants to use her medical knowledge to help others. Aston has participated at State DECA and State Speech competitions and she has worked at the Hot Springs Pool since 1999. She was captain of her high school flag team and has volunteered help with the lighting and backstage operations for the Defiance Community Players. Aston plans to attend Colorado State University in the fall to study business. Her sponsor is Sports Wheels.Chelsea St. Pierre is a 2002 graduate of Rifle High School. She plans to attend Mesa State College in the fall to study nursing. Chelsea placed first at the State Tennis Tournament and has received many academic achievements at school. She volunteers for the Special Olympics and coaches tennis for children with Down syndrome. Chelsea also teaches tennis for the Rifle Recreational program. Her sponsors are the New Castle Superbowl and Elk Mountain Motors.Sarah Shepard is a native of Glenwood Springs and a 2002 graduate of Glenwood Springs High School. She plans to attend the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs to major in psychology and run for the school’s cross country team. Sarah has been involved in Peer Counseling and YouthZone’s Pals program. She led a class in Big Idea Day, attended the leadership conference Promoting Peers Potential, and attended a bully proofing conference. She also sang in Honor Choir.Sarah has volunteered in an after-school childcare and homework programs through St. Stephen’s School, in the Impact Club, with the EPYCS and with the Key Club, and helped at the Extended Table. Sarah’s true love is running, which she says has helped her build a strong work ethic in which whatever she does she gives her all. She has been awarded two OWL awards and lettered in track, cross country and choir. Her sponsors are Adolfo and Paula Gorra at Glenwood Structural and Civil, Inc.Jessica Smith was born in Bethlehem, Pa., and raised in Fountain Hills, Ariz. Her family moved to Glenwood Springs three years ago. Jessica will be attending the University of Colorado in Boulder as a Spanish major. She plans to continue on to medical school in order to become a doctor in Central and South America, where much medical help is needed. She enjoys many outdoor sports, including kayaking, mountain biking and snowboarding. Jessica also loves the Latin American influence in our valley and she tutored Spanish-speaking elementary students at Basalt Elementary three to six times a week during the month of May. She applied her Spanish-speaking skills as a Red Cross volunteer during the Coal Seam Fire.Her sponsor is Blue Sky Adventures.Bethlehem “Beth” Starr is a 2002 graduate of Glenwood Springs High School. She currently works for Shiros Painting. Beth plans to travel and then attend United World College in Wales. She has spent the last couple of years raising money for the Glenwood Community Center, as well as the working homeless shelter. Beth enjoys snowboarding, promoting local bands and coaching gymnastics. During high school she was involved with the Program for Educating Advanced Kids (PEAK), was a football manager, and participated in drama plays. Beth is passionate about outdoor activities and working as a peer counselor for Addicted Behaviors Counseling. Her sponsor, and her father, is George Shaw of Shaw Construction.


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