The North Fork Vision Home and Community Program held its Senior Showcase presentations Thursday, April 26, at Memorial Hall in Hotchkiss. Vision Home and Community Program seniors must work with a graduation committee that includes staff, community members and peers who meet with the senior to document the learner's achievements and to ensure each graduate is ready for the next steps in his or her life.
At the Senior Showcase, three talented musicians shared their musical expertise. David Bailey and Bray Munroe entertained the gathering of family, friends and staff with an original score and performed a duet that showcased both their vocal abilities and instrumental talents on guitars. Both David and Bray will pursue their musical careers after graduation. Cory McClure is a well known young drummer in the North Fork Valley. Cory showcased his talent on the drums with an original, progressive piece. Corey plans to attend the Berklee College of Music in Boston after graduation.
Carter Keegan displayed a portfolio of his work and gave a public presentation regarding his journey as a young adult with autism and how this journey inspired him to pursue a career in animal welfare. Carter lost his ability to communicate as a young child. Over the years, he has found a deep connection with animals that have no voice just as he also experienced. Carter will be attending Colorado Mountain College to pursue a degree in animal shelter management and then plans to attend Colorado State University. He recently received a scholarship for his volunteerism and service from the Colorado Council on High School and College Relations.
Two talented artists are also graduating this year. Dakota Brown joined the North Fork Vision program this past year as a senior. He wanted to pursue his dream of being a performing artist. He showcased his talent by performing the audition piece that secured his selection and admission to the American Music and Dramatic Arts Academy in Los Angeles. He has received over $5,000 in scholarships to help him pursue his dream. Sara Mohamed also joined North Fork Vision last year to pursue her artistic dreams. She is a developing fashion designer. Sara displayed a sampling of her designs including dresses, hats, apron skirts and clothing created out of recycled components like pants pockets. She has already shown her designs in three fashion shows, and several of her items have been ordered for resale. In addition to working on her clothing designs, Sara developed her business and marketing items as part of her graduation plan.
Chloe Reich will also graduate on May 18 from North Fork Vision. She is pursuing a career in herbal healing. Chloe displayed her personal manifesto and the core qualities she has developed that will sustain her as she pursues her next steps in life. She had herbal foods and healing products on display to showcase her knowledge.
Joshua Clifford also showcased his real world knowledge with his restored army jeep on display. Joshua is graduating early with over 28 credits; he was only required to complete 24 for his diploma. He will pursue a career in the military. Joshua recently took the ASVAB and scored well, and he plans to join the Army to receive further mechanics and flight training. Joshua also completed his commercial pilot's license before graduating.
Kiernan White has always had a gift with technology and music. He plans to continue his training in sound mixing and technology after graduation. Kiernan displayed a video presentation of his technological knowledge. He also has shown how he has acquired the core qualities he needs to further his education and work experience. Kiernan's graduation committee has required him to develop a complete portfolio of his knowledge, skills and abilities developed through his work experience as well.
Samantha Yates displayed a video presentation of her cumulative work and experiences while enrolled at North Fork Vision. She is interested in video documentary work, is an avid blogger, dedicated student and even tried her hand at teaching a math class to see if she wanted to pursue a career as a teacher. Samantha will attend college at Andrews University in Michigan after graduation.
The North Fork Vision Home and Community Program's Graduation will be held on Friday, May 18, at Paonia Town Park beginning at 1 p.m.blog comments powered by Disqus