Graduates, parents and donors gathered at Bill Heddles Recreation Center Thursday, May 10, for Delta High School's fourth annual senior scholarship breakfast. The event is an opportunity for representatives from local businesses, service clubs and non-profit organizations to meet the students who will benefit from their generosity, and for the students, parents and staff of DHS to thank the contributors who awarded over $60,000 in local scholarships.
The list of scholarships included:
John Olivas Memorial Scholarship — presented by Luis Meza to Morgan McCracken. Meza, Delta High School's wrestling coach, was a college roommate of John Olivas, who was killed in a motorcycle accident. When Meza ran into family members at the state wrestling tournament, they asked if he knew of a deserving recipient for the scholarship set up in Olivas's name. He said he immediately thought of Morgan, a wrestler who's always given his best.
Bank of the West Scholarship — presented by Holly Crowder to Ethan Baier and Taylor Zunich. This is one of several scholarships funded with the admission proceeds from the basketball tournament sponsored annually by Bank of the West.
Cindy Watson Scholarship — presented by Cindy Watson, Watson Insurance and Financial Services, to Katari Lewis.
College For Every Student, presented by Garnet Mesa Elementary School to two high school mentors, Alaisa Melgoza and Mayra Jimenez. Two awards of $500 were made possible through school fundraisers. The scholarships were presented by GMES students Lauren Davey and Kelvin Graham and a teacher, Alisa Johnson.
Altrusa International of Delta — presented by Yvonne Rowland to ASTRA Club members who have made a difference through community service. The recipients were Ashley Church, Courtney Anderson and Jordan King. Kyla Ownbey was awarded $2,000.
Delta County Federal Credit Union — presented by Kelly Korth to Carissa Sidor. Sidor plans to attend either Colorado State University or Adams State College.
Delta County Livestock Association — presented by Monty Todd to Carissa Sidor.
Delta County School District Coordinating Council — presented by DHS teacher Renee St. Jean to future educators Alex Arias and Madelyn Byers.
Dorothy O. Crousen Scholarship — awarded to a student who has excelled in the creative arts. This year's recipient was Jordan King.
Weldon Crousen Scholarship — awarded to Jaelee Hillman for citizenship and service.
Stewart/Watson/Wheeler Scholarship — Awards of $1,000 were presented to Sean King and Carissa Sidor.
Thomas W. Osborne Scholarship — Kaylee Britain.
Delta County Memorial Hospital Volunteers — with the proceeds from the hospital gift shop, the DCMH volunteers awarded scholarships to Mayra Jimenez and Monika Milton. Both plan to pursue careers in the field of healthcare. Milton was awarded a second scholarship designated specifically for a junior hospital volunteer. The awards were presented by Janamarie Dugle.
Delta Elks Lodge — presented by Deb Houser to Sadie Carrillo, Jon Shirk and Brendan Kortz. Jacob Ames was the recipient of a Colorado Elks Association Scholarship.
Delta IOOF #116 — presented by Cliff Reeder and Glen Conger to Jon Shirk, Carissa Sidor, Rachel Tallent and Mayra Jimenez. Over the past 30 years, the lodge has awarded scholarships totaling more than $120,000 to deserving students throughout Delta County.
DHS Alumni Association — presented by Dwain Bush to Sean King and Katari Lewis.
DHS Booster Club — presented by Jim Webb to Carissa Sidor, Taylor Zunich and Courtney Anderson. A $1,000 scholarship in the name of Bertha Calhoun went to Sadie Carillo.
Delta Kiwanis Club — presented by Richard Simmons to Sean King and Elise Scates. This is the first year the club has awarded scholarships to high school students, although Kiwanis is a longtime supporter of nursing students at Delta-Montrose Technical College.
DMEA Scholarship — presented by Alex Shelley to Elise Scates. A second scholarship was awarded to Sadie Carrillo on behalf of DMEA's power supplier, Tri-State Generation & Transmission. Basin Electric funds a scholarship for the child of an employee. That scholarship went to Mariah Donathan.
FFA Alumni Scholarship — presented by Jerry Allen to Carissa Sidor, Dustin Stroud and Seth Hartman.
FFA Ford Scholarship — presented by Jerry Allen to Carissa Sidor and J'Kye Wientjes.
First State Bank of Colorado — on behalf of the Delta branch, Cheryl Hall presented a $1,000 scholarship to Mayra Jimenez.
Jack Hawkins Memorial Scholarship — presented to Taylor Zunich and Mariah Donathan.This scholarship is funded by a basketball tournament held in honor of Jack Hawkins, a longtime resident who loved athletics and helping kids in the community.
Jeannette Wilkinson Memorial — presented by DHS counselor Shawna Magtutu to Camron Espinoza, who plans to attend UNC.
L&A Renfrow Scholarships — presented by DHS grads Les and Ann Renfrow to Madelyn Byers, Jaelee Hillman, Asiala Melgoza, Courtney Norman and Jon Shirk.
Masons Scholarship — presented by Joe Carlson to Carissa Sidor ($1,000) and Courtney Anderson ($500). A scholarship established in the name of Max DeBusk was given to Sawyer Keeline.
Rotary Club of Delta — for "Service Above Self," Jim Wetzel, Gregg Kuta and Joe Carlson awarded six $1,500 scholarships. The recipients were Rachel Tallent, Carissa Sidor, Elise Scates, Sean King, Sadie Carrillo and Taylor Zunich.
DHS principal Kurt Clay also proudly recognized three graduates who have received prestigious full-ride scholarships — Daniels Fund Scholars Jacob Ames, Brendan Kortz and Conor Laws. Kortz also received two military academy appointments but has decided to attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla. Ames and Laws were unable to attend the breakfast.blog comments powered by Disqus