Education Briefs

Activities association honors Durango students, teams

These Durango High School students have been named CHSAA Academic All-State by the Colorado High School Activities Association, (this award goes to CHSAA activity groups and varsity sports teams with a cumulative 3.50 GPA or above):

Student Council, 3.86: Nathaniel Atencio, Shane Bisogno, Bradley Briscoe, Natalie Bulen, Vance Bulen, Brenna Christensen, Dante Ciotti, Garrett Crowell, Nathan Curmano, Haley Dallas, Danica Dudley, Rachel Ensign, Claire Fenton, McKenna Franzen, Logan Graham, Nicholas Jernigan, Tyllor Ledford, Haleigh Lyon, Emma Marshall, Benjamin Marvin-Vanderryn, Katja Max, Abigail Moore, Sage Myers, Meredith Nass, Jackson Paine, Laura Pritchard, Emily Schaldach, Austin Urban, Jocelyn Zemach and Emma Zink. Sponsor: Dale Garland

Volleyball, 3.72: Isabella Bernazzani, Jessica Brammer, Natalie Bulen, Kennedy Clark, Logan Clark, Zoe Cutler, Berkeley Davis, McKenna Franzen, Emily McCue, Mikayla Montoya, Hannah Quick and Gabriele Razma. Coaches: Robin Oliger, Colleen Keresey, Erika Sansoni and Hali Groninger.

Boys Cross Country, 3.69: Trenton Andrews, Collin Francom, Gordon Gianniny, Benjamin Lachelt, Joseph Maloney, Sean McLaughlin, Alastair McMillan and Nicholas Turco. Coaches: David McMillan, Parker Mildenhall, Allison Wine and Jennifer Darlow.

CHSAA and DHS also have named these fall activity participants as CHSAA Academic All-State First Team:

Cheerleading: Madison Frihauf, Logan Garrett, Lauren McClain and Sheila Prentice.

Boys Cross Country: Trenton Andrews, Collin Francom, Joseph Maloney and Sean McLaughlin.

Girls Cross Country: Carly Pierson and Emily Schaldach.

Dance: Natalie Kirkpatrick and Alissa Ransford.

Football: Shane Bisogno, Ian Campbell, Manuel Estrada, Colin Grushkin, Trevor Rymerson, Jeremy Szura and Jonathan Yagunich.

Boys Soccer: Ian Bowers, Daniel Fallon-Cyr, Patrick Leach, Devin Lewis, Benjamin Marvin-Vanderryn, Austin Scalf, Ansel Schiavone, David Schwantes and Gabriel Tonnessen.

Softball: Cindy Kobrin, Chanel McCloskey and Sierra McCloskey.

Student Council: Shane Bisogno, Brenna Christensen, Dante Ciotti, Haley Dallas, McKenna Franzen, Haleigh Lyon, Emma Marshall, Benjamin Marvin-Vanderryn, Katja Max, Sage Myers, Meredith Nass, Jackson Paine, Laura Pritchard, Emily Schaldach, Jocelyn Zmach and Emma Zink.

Boys Tennis: Dylan Blair, Aaron Cash and Christopher Walton.

Volleyball: Jessica Brammer, Zoe Cutler, Berkeley Davis, McKenna Franzen, Emily McCue, Mikayla Montoya, Hannah Quick and Gabriele Razma.

The above students received honors for excellence in the classroom as well as accomplishments in activities/athletics. To earn academic all-state status, a student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.60 or above, be a varsity member of his/her athletic team/a major contributor in his/her CHSAA activity, and be a junior or senior.

Safari Club donates to Bayfield public library

The Lavenia McCoy Public Library in Bayfield received a $5,000 donation from the Four Corners Chapter of the Safari Club.

Each year, the Safari Club holds a banquet, where they raise money to donate to worthy causes. The donation will be used to help with the library’s expansion project. The Safari Club is an international hunting and wildlife conservation group.

The library’s 4,000-square-foot expansion includes a larger meeting room for library and community events. Construction began in July and is expected to finish by February 2013.

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Fort Lewis College announces graduates from the area

These local students graduated from Fort Lewis College on Dec. 15:

Durango: Sarah Bangert, Jacob Baur, Nathan Chismar, Stella Dickson, Alanna Foster, Charlotte Hough, Rotem Ishay, Lakrisha Johnston, Jordan Lang, Joshua MacNaughton, Matthew Morrison, David Quiroz, Sarah Sturm, Aline Tissonnier, Lauren Turner, Tamara Yazzie, Rebecca Young, Mackenzie Close, Jack Gallegos, Heather Gillis, Adam Keil, Anne Pesata, Hannah Price, Katherine Elliott, Janine Gibbons, Jordan Graff, Andrew Harris, Joseph Albright, Benjamin Baroch, Nathaniel Bauer, Marcus Benally, Ashley Bland, Amanda Burkholder, Alfredo Chavarria, Bryant Chavez, Russell Chee, Jason Cline, Kyle Corbett, Patrick Della Ratta, Marea Duca, Kelly Gilbert, Kevin Harkey, Agatha Ann Hedlund, Daniel Hirsch, John Hoffman, Grant Hunstiger, Katrina Jihad, Allerton Johnson, Tracy Jones, Benjamin Kraushaar, Joseph La Fortune, Nicholas Laitsch, Christopher Lane, Andrea Letson, Christopher Lloyd, Beth Lohr, Kristin Lynch, Brett Masse, Angelo McHorse, David Moler, Collyn O’Brien, John Peck, Tessa Peyer, Mark Plantz, Rachel Pollack, Russell Porter, Matthew Potter, Sharina Ramsey-Adams, Stephanie Randall, Samuel Safronoff, Julie Singer and Zachary Turner.

Hesperus: Melissa Wilson and Crystal Livingston.

Pagosa Springs: Laurel Reinhardt and Eric Hurd.

Cortez: Shea Sena, Ciara Miesler, Matthew Sturdevant, Jylissa Tahy and Kayla Watkins.

Bayfield: Jamie Smith, Matthew Gonzales, Ashley Spishock and Chelsea Stevens.

Ignacio: Anna-Marie Barendt.

Mancos: Jedidiah Hanson.

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IHS student receives congressional nomination

The United States Merchant Marine Academy announces that Austin Haire, son of Stephanie and Jeremy LeMasters of Ignacio, has received a Congressional nomination from U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, to become a potential candidate to attend the United States Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, New York.

Haire will be a 2013 graduate of Ignacio High School. While in high school Haire has participated in: National Honor Society, student senate, football, basketball, track, FCCLA and volunteered for Manna Soup Kitchen. He also earned academic awards as an honor-roll student all four years of high school and is a 12-sport athlete, Bobcat of the Week and a Senior Cool Cat. He is a four-year varsity basketball player and is team captain in his senior year. He is a three-year varsity football player, serving as team captain in his senior year. He is a four-year varsity track competitor and was a state qualifier in the 2011-12 season. Haire is the first IHS student to receive a nomination to the Merchant Marine Academy.

Upon acceptance at the academy, Haire’s federal appointment will be valued at $249,000 for the four-year program. If Haire is accepted and completes his program, at graduation he will receive a U.S. Coast Guard license as a Merchant Marine officer and will fulfill his commitment as a commissioned officer in the Naval Reserve, in any branch of the U.S. military or as a licensed member of the U.S. Maritime Service.

Herald Staff