Hotchkiss K-8 strives to develop citizens through GRIT -- growth, resiliency, integrity and tenacity. Students who demonstrate these traits academically, socially or emotionally are recognized as GRIT Blazing Bulldogs.
"We are so proud of all our HK-8 students for continuously showing their GRIT," said principal Carrie Yantzer.
The award is not grade based, but is based on the character traits that are aligned with the Hotchkiss K-8 vision/mission. Nominations are made by the teachers, who also have an eye out for Hotchkiss Pride and the Power of 3/Bulldog Bark.
Students will have their picture posted in the hallway and in the DCI. They will be treated to lunch by Horace Mann and will receive ice cream coupons for Taco Hut and certificates from Bananas Fun Park. They are also presented with a certificate and the nomination form.
April recipients included:
Kindergarten -- Sandy Elizalde, Lyllian Gilmore, Hailey Hild, Chloe Ortiz, Emily Toothaker and Taylor Zoutte.
First grade -- Kyler Clark, Ellie Emmons, Oliver Handy, Izzy Harrison, Juliana Houghton, Charlie Miller, Lauren Miller, Payson Miller and Kiera Stroh.
Second grade -- None.
Third grade -- Jacob Cortez, Julian Hallenbeck Ross, Willa Hill and Kenaniah McDaniel.
Fourth grade -- Cody Pagone, Joel Rodriguez and Allen Washburn.
Fifth grade -- Ian Aguilera, Sabrina Danielson Rylee Spencer.
Sixth grade -- Kailynn Carpenter, Larissa Cotten, Matthew Kasper, Hosanna Marquez, Justin Mattison, Indigo Miller-Barnes, Matthew Pachl and Benjamin Rodriguez.
Seventh grade -- Bella Brezonick, Saul Cortez, Adair Ela, Lauryn Kiefer, Ivy Kirk, Teresa Martinez, Candace Siebler, Andrew Thomson, Adam Smith and Ian Van Horn.
Eighth grade -- Autumn Luginbyhl, Evan Mattison, J.P. Scriver and Elsie Vazquez Mendoza.
The seventh annual Eckert Crane Days, the annual viewing of the sandhill cranes migrating north from New Mexico through Colorado's West Slope, will be March 16-18. Representatives from the Black Canyon Chapter of the Audubon Society (BCAS) will be at the viewing site east of Eckert at Fruitgrowers Reservoir, 9 to 11 a.m. each day, to answer questions and provide binoculars and spotting scopes.