Journalist writes her way to D.C. |

Journalist writes her way to D.C.

Rifle High School senior Leah Silvieus will be traveling to Washington, D.C., to accept the Freedom Forum journalism scholarship in March.To be considered for the scholarship, Leah submitted an essay and a feature article she wrote from an issue of last year’s school newspaper.Leah said, “During this trip, I look forward to meeting other students who are interested in journalism, learning from the experience of others, and truly being able to understand the profession. I also look forward to traveling on my own and reporting on the event. Most of the issues the student newspaper covers are local and we do not have the opportunity to report on national events. It will be interesting to have a different kind of story to bring back to Rifle.”Leah’s writing also won the Denver Council of Foreign Relations Award and a $1,000 scholarship, which she may use toward her college plans. She’s leaning towards Whitworth College, a private college in Spokane, Wash., which has an extensive exchange/internship program. Yearbook sponsor Kathy Strickland commented, “I really think Leah is beyond RHS. She’s an exceptional student and I think her contacts at the Washington, D.C., conference will jump-start her career in journalism.”Fourteen RHS students competed at the State Speech Festival at Heritage High School Feb. 1. Hailey McDonald earned a first place in Interpretation of Humor and a second place in Creative Storytelling, Brittany Zelaya took a third place in Interpretation of Humor, Andy George received a fourth place in Interpretation of Humor and an excellent rating in Creative Storytelling, and Sarah Smith received a sixth place in Interpretation of Drama. Sabrina May, Jason Dowd, Joshua Schwartz, Brittany Hundley and Sarah Gallagher all received excellent or superior ratings in their categories.-Rifle High School Future Business Leaders of America attended the District Conference in Grand Junction on Feb. 3.FBLA first places went to Rifle students Eddie Kreimier in Banking and Finance, Lisa Lyons in Computer Concepts, Brittany Barth in Word Processing I, Zack Akin in Future Business Leader, and the Entrepreneurship team of Lisa Lyons, Chantel Pannestiel and Jessica Warwick.FBLA second places were taken home by RHS students Laura Barnes in International Business, Alicia Eggen in Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure, the Web site Development Team of Zack Akin and Eddie Kreimier, and the Chapter Scrapbook Team of Kari Wiig and Laura Barnes.-The Garfield Re-2 Transportation Department announced its Exceptional Bus Students for January. The elementary-category winner is Trevor Kelly from Kathryn Senor Elementary, nominated by Route #22 driver Connie Chenoweth. In the middle-school category, Sarah Johns from Riverside School claimed the honors and was also nominated by Chenoweth.High-school-category winner Leah Feeley, from Rifle High School, was nominated by Route #24 driver Loree Nigo. Exemplary bus students help all drivers complete their routes safely, and are truly appreciated by the transportation department.-Remember Monday, Feb. 17, brings no school for all Re-2 students.

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