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College names scholarship winners

CMC Corner
Renelle Lott

Alpine Bank chairman J. Robert Young congratulated eight new recipients of the Alpine Bank Latino/Hispanic Scholarship recently. These students received scholarships that cover the full Colorado Mountain College tuition plus books for two years.

Jorge Alvarado will pursue an associate’s degree in business at CMC. Alvarado has been captain of the Rifle High School soccer team, vice president of the International Club, on the honor roll for three years and performed in school plays.

“My dad always pushed me hard,” he said. “He’s a smart guy. He didn’t have the opportunity, so I’m taking his place to do that.”

Erika Torres, from Eagle Valley High School, plans to study business at CMC. Torres works full time, was active in student council and the National Honor Society, and is president of the League of United Latin American Citizens. Her father helped her set goals.

“He always said that he wanted to go to school, but couldn’t,” she said. “He had to go to work to put food on the table.”

Melissa Acosta works at a drugstore and helps other Spanish-speakers with English applications and translation. For her senior project at Steamboat Springs High School, she tutored fifth-graders in Spanish. She will attend CMC’s Alpine Campus and wants to major in business management or education.

Janeth Ortega worked as a peer counselor at Summit High School. She received the Summit Foundation Youth Philanthropy Award. She works at Keystone Resort as a guest services agent. Ortega is interested in studying business administration or marketing at CMC. She attributed her drive for higher education to her parents and her counselor. “And I’m pushing myself, too,” she said.

Noemi Chavez and her family moved to this country for its educational opportunities. In addition to taking a full slate of courses at Battle Mountain High School, she works part time, volunteers with the Literacy Project and watches children whose parents are taking classes. Chavez wants to study business administration.

Roaring Fork High School graduate Yesenia Silva-Estrada says, “I’ve always had a passion for being in school and furthering my education.”

Silva-Estrada tutors math students, has kept the books for an excavation business and has worked with the Computers for Kids Foundation. She plans to study business at CMC.

Two months after Angel Garcia Turbin arrived in the United States from El Salvador, he registered himself at Glenwood Springs High School and played soccer for the school. One coach said his team respected his skill and accepted him as an integral member.

“I will be the first in my family to finish high school and go to college,” he said. “My sister and brother can follow me.” He has worked after school at restaurants and hotels, and wants to learn business management.

Denisse Arreola has participated in the Latino Youth Summit and has done work for KDNK radio in Carbondale. Her teachers at Basalt High School are convinced that her ambition and friendly attitude will serve her well in college. She is interested in CMC’s nursing program.

Renelle Lott writes a CMC column for the Post Independent. If you have questions, please call the CMC Public Info Office, 384-8506.

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