Education Briefs

Aerospace Design Team wins awards in Houston

The Durango High School Aerospace Design Team announces its second-place finish at the World Finals of the International Space Settlement Design Competition held at Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Durango received both top individual awards offered at this competition. Katy Schneider won the Dick Edwards Leadership award for her role as team vice president for sales and marketing, and Katie Dudley won the Jingle Lutz award for best female presenter.

This year, Durango had to form a corporation with three other schools from around the world. The competition consisted of creating a 50-slide presentation in less than 42 hours to showcase how they would create a “floating” settlement in the atmosphere of the planet Venus, which was followed by a question-and-answer period.

The team members were Katie Dudley, Chris Walton, Mariah Dorsey, Emma Greenberg, Izzy Riley, Jacob Skeath, James Triola, Jesse Rubenstein, River Weiss, Katy Schneider, Will Counley, Haakon Sigurslid and Jared Engelken.

LEGO League to host registration today

FIRST LEGO League 2012 will hold registration for students and coaches without a team for the 2012 season from 5:30 to 7 p.m. today at the Durango Discovery Museum, 1333 Camino del Rio.

Participants who already have a team do not need to attend the meeting. The league is open to children ages 9 to 14 interested in robotics, research, problem solving and engineering. The league is a global program created to get kids excited about science and technology.

For more information, visit

Youth symphony announces formation

Four Corners Youth Symphony announces its formation.

The association will provide students in first to 12th grades the opportunity to participate in an advanced level ensemble.

These auditions will be held:

The Four Corners Youth Philharmonic auditions for grades four to nine will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday in the band room in Jones Hall at Fort Lewis College. The group will meet from 4 to 6 p.m. every Monday in the band room beginning Sept. 10.

Four Corners Youth Prep auditions for grades one to five will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday in the band room in Jones Hall. The group will meet from 4 to 6 p.m. every Monday in the band room beginning Sept. 10.

The cost is $150 for the entire year.

For more information, visit, email Nathan Lambert at or call 247-7439.

Scholarships available through pageants

Sheree Lynch, executive state director for the Miss Colorado High, Miss Colorado Junior High and Miss Colorado Collegiate America Pageant, announces the pageant is seeking applicants for the titles of Miss Durango High, Miss Durango Junior High and Miss Durango Collegiate.

Once selected, the women will advance to represent their junior high, high school or college in the Miss Colorado Junior High, High and Collegiate Pageant to be held Nov. 10 in Loveland.

Local titleholders will compete to win a prize package valued at more than $5,000 including a college scholarship and more.

Miss Colorado Junior High School applicants must be in grades six to eight. Miss Colorado High applicants must be in grades nine to 12. Miss Colorado Collegiate applicants must be students in a Colorado college.

For more information or for an application, call (970) 674-0024,visit or

Riverhouse to host groundbreaking event

Riverhouse Children’s Center’s Board of Directors will host a groundbreaking ceremony and celebration at 10 a.m. Thursday at 742 Florida Road.

The center is a nonprofit child development center providing child care and early education services. Riverhouse’s new facility will be a state-of-the-art early childhood-care and education center, which will allow Riverhouse to increase capacity.

For more information or to make a donation, visit or email

Adult cellphone class to be offered Thursday

Pine River Community Learning Center will offer an adult cellphone class from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Bayfield office, 54 Mill St.

The class, called “Learning How to Use the Other Parts for Your Cellphone,” will cover how to send and post a photo, how to use GPS and more. The cost will be $15.

To register, call 563-0681.

Animas High School announces events

Animas High School announces these events:

The Parent Advisory Committee will meet from noon to 1 p.m. Sept. 10 at Doughworks, 2653 Main Ave.

The Back to School Picnic hosted by the school’s senior families will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 14. Participants will meet teachers, hear from Head of School Michael Ackerman and more.

Herald Staff