The Delta Area Chamber of Commerce has established the tradition of awarding scholarships to two Delta High School graduates who are then named Deltarado Days king and queen. This year's recipients are Joyclie Webb and Matthew Bohling.
"With so many outstanding students applying for the scholarship, it's often times difficult to pick the recipients," said Darnell Place-Wise, executive director of the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce. "This year was no different. The thing that stood out this year, however, was that Matthew and Joyclie talked in depth about what they would do should they return to Delta after they graduate. They expressed their ideas and thoughts on how they could contribute to the community; that really resonated with the committee. Their families have longevity in the community, and given the professions that they both plan to go in to, maybe Delta will be lucky enough to get these two brilliant minds back when they complete their schooling. It was truly my pleasure to award Matthew Bohling and Joyclie Webb as our 2017 Deltarado Days king and queen, and Delta Area Chamber of Commerce scholarship recipients."
Joyclie is the daughter of Jim and Willyn Webb. She plans to study English education at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. She would like to teach English abroad in Third World countries. She also plans to pursue mission and volunteer work, wherever she lives. Eventually, she would like to return to Delta and reach out to the youth of the community as a teacher.
At DHS, Joyclie played basketball, soccer and volleyball. She was a member of Leo Club all four years of high school, and also participated in Key Club, HOSA and College For Every Student. She helped serve meals at Abraham Connection, volunteered in the nursery at Delta Christian Church, was a writing tutor and pursued other volunteer experiences locally.
She says giving back "is the way I was raised, the way I live my life and who I am."
She feels fortunate to have grown up in such a supportive community. "Delta has provided me with an education, service opportunities, and a safe place to mature in; it's only right that I give back to my hometown that gave me so much."
"It's a dream of mine to one day come back to Delta, because it will always remain my home no matter where I am in the world," she continued. "Raising a family in this community is an opportunity I will not miss out on, and I look forward to teaching English someday at the same high school I went to."
Deltarado Days king Matthew Bohling is also pursuing a degree in education, tapping into his passion for music. He will attend Colorado Mesa University this fall.
"I'm with the band," he says simply. "Band for me is a passion, a love, something that helps me get away from the stress and drama in this world. Playing trumpet is my favorite thing to do, so when I get the chance to play in front of an audience, crowd or even the DMS Jazz Band, I have an opportunity to show people the gifts I have been given."
Bohling has played the national anthem with the pep band, with other trumpets, in a brass quintet and solo. That's just what he'll be doing when he performs the national anthem to open the rodeo Saturday night.
In addition to participating in school marching, concert, pep and jazz bands, Matthew successfully auditioned for select jazz and honor bands in both middle and high school. He performed with the Montrose Community Band and with the worship team at his church. He also carried a 3.9 GPA and found time for Key Club and National Honor Society.
Both Matthew and Joyclie attended school in Delta from kindergarten through 12th grade.
They will be introduced at the farmer rancher luncheon, along with Bob and Arlene McGarvin, the parade grand marshals. Joyclie and Matthew are also looking forward to participating in the parade and attending the rodeo Saturday night.