The prestigious Paonia High School Class of 1959 presented their fourth annual scholarship awards this year to Maggie Hayden and Adrian Lopez. Each was awarded a $2,000 scholarship, which brings the total of the Class of 1959 PHS Memorial Scholarship donations to $9,500.
Hayden was active in numerous academic and sports programs at PHS and was actively involved in volunteer work throughout the community. She earned a license as a certified nursing assistant and worked at a local health care facility while attending high school. She plans to attend Colorado Mesa University and return to work in the local community after graduation.
Lopez was president of the student council, a member of the national honor society and participated in football, wrestling, baseball and track. His schedule also included work on several community service projects. He plans to attend the University of Wyoming and major in wildlife biology.
The PHS '59 classmates have appreciated the opportunity to honor the memories of their friends and classmates who are no longer with us. This year, in addition to their classmates, they have chosen to remember a beloved math and music teacher, Raymond Den Beste. Without his help and encouragement, many would not have gone that extra mile to achieve what they did. Of course, he wasn't always happy with the students and with the somewhat immature pranks he had to deal with — some of which even involved his own classroom. However, through the course of it all, he was always a gentleman, understanding and fair. Den Beste was a class sponsor and mentor to many of his students.
Once again, the response to the request for scholarship funding was unbelievable. This small class of 46 graduates is proud to have set an example of the commitment to give something back to the community that played such an important part in their lives. The PHS Class of '59 is proud of this accomplishment and once again challenges all alumni from Delta County high schools to join this support of local students.blog comments powered by Disqus