Paige Bowling, a 2013 graduate of Delta High School, has been named an outstanding collegiate member for leading the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) collegiate section at the Colorado School of Mines, and for expanding SWE's mission by helping others find mentors and STEM-related opportunities.
Bowling, a chemical and biochemical engineering major with a double major in biochemistry, joined her SWE collegiate section in her first year at Mines and has led critically important roles ever since.
She is currently in her second term as region collegiate senator, in charge of coordinating events, meetings and information distribution across 20 sections. She also represented SWE's collegiate members from Missouri to Colorado, a total of 21 collegiate sections, on the region council.
Bowling plans to pursue a Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular physics. On campus, she is a founding member of Kappa Alpha Theta, where she serves as event director. She is also involved in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AlChE), the American Chemical Society and the Colorado BioScience Association, and is a co-advisor with Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE).
Within AlChE, Bowling serves as a mentor to first-year students and helps schedule tutoring, planning and time organization. As the WiSE co-advisor, she helped write grant proposals and piloted a program at Delta High School to create alternatives for high school girls, mentorship and education opportunities.
In her spare time, Bowling volunteers with the Global Down Syndrome Foundation and Children's Hospital Colorado. Each year, the foundation hosts a ball featuring hundreds of celebrities and volunteers who donate money and celebrate the breakthroughs of the past year. Bowling has volunteered for the ball twice, as well as other events the foundation has hosted in the past three years.
She is the daughter of Carol and Tony Bowling of Delta.
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.