Education Briefs

DHS teams receive recognition

The Durango High School Girls Swimming/Diving Team has been designated as a Colorado High School Activities Association Academic All State Team with a cumulative team GPA of 3.65.

Team members are: Kaitlin Barela, Anna Chambers, Hannah Chapman, Haley Cotgageorge, Katie Cunnion, Catherine Dellinger, Emma Dorr, Elizabeth Earl, Margaret Harmon, Madison Hoven, Bryn Joyner, Brooke Kniffin, Sarah Lawton, Kaeli Mann, Bonne Matheson, Fiona McAliney, Alma McKown, Sydney McMunn, Anne Mummery, Katherine Pannell, Hailee Pritchard, Jennifer Schadt, Rydell Stottlemyer, Caroline Tidwell, Elise Tidwell, and Hailey Warren. The team is coached by Kathryn Ross and Mark Fleming.

These DHS 11th- and 12th-grade winter athletes and CHSAA sponsored activity participants also received CHSAA Academic First Team Honors with a cumulative 3.60 GPA or above: Boys basketball – Trenton Andrews; girls basketball – Molly Barnes, Emily McCue, and Jennifer Welbourn; girls swimming – Hannah Chapman, Haley Cotgageorge, Emma Dorr, Margaret Harmon, Bonne Matheson and Rydell Stottlemyer.

All CHSAA Academic students must be a letter winner or equivalent in their activity.

Taylor Hotter named to Dean’s List

Durango resident and Azusa Pacific University student Taylor N. Hotter made the academic Dean’s List at the university located in Azusa, Calif.

Hotter is honored for a fall semester 2012 academic standing of a 3.5 or better GPA. Hotter is a history major.

Kasen Jessing to attend Geographic Bee

Kasen Jessing, an eighth-grader at Escalante Middle School, was recently notified that he will represent Durango and Escalante Middle School in the 2013 Colorado Geographic Bee sponsored by the National Geographic Society.

The state bee will be held April 5 in Denver. Jessing was the winner of the school-wide geography bee at Escalante.

Mrs. La Plata County selection announced

Debra Ann Flick was recently selected as the new Mrs. La Plata County and will represent her community in the 37th annual state competition to be held on May 18 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House located in Denver.

The winner of the state competition will receive a prize package valued at more than $25,000 and advance to compete with 49 other state delegates at the national Mrs. American Pageant and potentially the internationally televised Mrs. World Pageant.

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Herald Staff