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Photo by Pat Sunderland DHS seniors were all smiles after the school's annual scholarship breakfast last week. Scholarships awarded by local donors totaled $95,900.

In the spirit of gratitude, Delta High School counselors and administrators welcomed a large crowd of graduates, parents and donors to the school's 11th annual scholarship breakfast May 1. The event is an opportunity for representatives from local businesses, service clubs and nonprofit 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 support the students' dreams.

Scholarship recipients included:

Alpine Bank -- John Ames was one of two recipients of the Bob Young Award statewide. He plans to study business at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.

Garnet Mesa Elementary School/Kids for College -- presented by assistant principal Scott Moore on behalf of staff members who pay for the privilege of wearing jeans on Fridays. Recipients of the $500 scholarships were Jaspe Arias and Lauren Davey. Jaspe is bound for CU Boulder; Lauren plans to attend the University of Colorado Denver.

BELA/Backpack Program -- Staff members wearing jeans to school donate to the scholarship fund. Recipients were Amelia Lousignont, who plans to attend Adams State University, and Makayla Kortz, who plans to study ag business at Texas Christian University.

Cindy Watson Scholarship -- awarded to Sierra Nelson, who intends to study vet science at Colorado Mountain College.

2018 Legacy Scholarship -- With funds remaining from its class treasury, the Delta High School Class of 2018 honored the memories of Jon Fender and Ben Hayner with a $1,000 scholarship. The recipient was Leslie Velasquez, who plans to study business at Colorado Mesa University, and Shoshana Vigil, who will attend CSU.

CMU Principal's Scholarship -- Awarded to Shoshana Vigil, Cassidy Zieman, Julian Chavira, Blake Naranjo, Rowyn Carmichael and Berenice Rascon.

Delta Student Advisory Committee -- This committee was formed to provide a voice for students in Delta County Joint School District #50. Recipients were Ana Jurca, who plans to study exercise science and Lauren Davey, a business major.

DCSD Teaching Scholarship -- Awarded to Jenna Sutliff and Emily Johnson, both of whom aspire to become elementary school teachers.

Delta Area Chamber of Commerce/Deltarado Days -- presented Jaspe Arias and Blake Naranjo. This scholarship also conveys the title of Deltarado Days 2019 queen/king. Naranjo plans to study music at CMU; Jaspe will pursue a degree in engineering and business.

Delta County Federal Credit Union -- $1,000 was awarded by Nathan Sponseller to John Ames.

DHS Yearbook Scholarship -- Awarded to Shania Ballard (CSU), Chinh Le (CMU) and Shanaya Deuschle (BYU following a church mission).

Delta County Democratic Scholarship -- $500 was awarded to Claire Corbassoon, who will attend the Rochester (N.Y.) Institute of Technology to study environmental sustainability.

Delta County Memorial Hospital Volunteers -- with the proceeds from the hospital gift shop, the DCMH Volunteers awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Ana Jurca, who plans to study exercise science/physical therapy.

DHS Alumni Scholarship -- With advice to stay connected with classmates, Dwain Bush and Tina Miller presented $500 to Lauren Davey.

Delta IOOF #116 -- Blake Naranjo and Felicity Wilmot received $1,000 each. Blake will attend CMU; Felicity plans to study massage therapy at Technical School of the Rockies.

DMEA -- From the unclaimed capital credits fund, DMEA awards scholarships to students throughout its service territory. The recipients were Lauren Davey and Reagan Clay. Clay plans to major in chemical engineering at the Colorado School of Mines.

Delta County Livestock Association -- Melissa Webb and Makayla Kortz were the recipients of this scholarship for students who plan to pursue a career in agriculture or who come from an agricultural background.

E.M. Lewis Scholarship -- DHS teacher Danielle Lopez presented this $2,500 scholarship, which honors her brother Evan. The recipient, Joseph Bules, has enrolled in the Leeds School of Business at CU Boulder.

First Colorado National Bank/Jack Hawkins -- The DHS recipients are Andrew Baier and Jenna Sutliff. Baier plans to major in chemical engineering at the Colorado School of Mines; Jenna is headed to Utah State to study elementary education.

Ford FFA/Hellman Motor -- Now in its 20th year, this $1,000 scholarship went to Makayla Kortz.

Katie Jo Park Memorial -- DHS senior Abby Carlson presented this scholarship to classmate Abby Kolman. The scholarship honors DHS graduate Katie Jo Park (Abby's aunt) and is intended to support future nurses. Kolman plans to study nursing at UNC.

Kiwanis Club of Delta -- This scholarship went to Key Club members Julian Chavira, Jaspe Arias and Lauren Davey.

L&A Renfrow Scholarships -- presented by DHS grads Les and Ann Renfrow to Cassidy Zieman (CMU), Felicity Wilmot (TCR) and Blake Naranjo (CMU).

LULAC -- Four members of the Delta chapter stressed the importance of education in presenting the first annual LULAC scholarship to Cassidy Zieman.

Masonic Scholarship -- Awarded to Blake Naranjo.

Rotary Club of Delta -- Scholarships totalling $12,000 were awarded to John Ames, Jaspe Arias, Andrew Baier, Ana Jurca, Missa Webb, Eli Farmer, Jenna Sutliff and Lauren Davey. Eli plans to study finance at CSU.

PEO Scholarship, Chapter GT -- This scholarship, intended to help women achieve their goals, went to Amelia Lousignont. Amelia plans to study clinical psychology at Adams State University.

Phipps/Wareham Voca-tional Scholarships -- Awarded to Clayton Abila and Joseph Resendez. Both plan to study diesel mechanics, Clayton at Lincoln College and Joseph at Wyotech.

Western Colorado Migrant Coalition -- Awarded to Jaspe Arias.

The Western Colorado Community Foundation and the Delta County School District have entered into a partnership allowing the community foundation to manage the investment and application process for numerous scholarship funds available to Delta County students. Three are new in 2019.

The Andrew and Mary Rebeck Scholarship -- $5,000 was awarded to John Ames.

The Nick and Linda Hattel Family Scholarship -- Awards of $2,000 each were made to Amelia Lousignont and Leslie Velasquez.

Jim Conner Memorial Scholarship -- This scholarship honors a former math/computer science teacher. The recipient was Sameha Haque, who plans to study molecular biology at DU.

The Kaddo Foundation Scholarship -- Awarded to Andrew Baier and Reagan Clay.

David Moore -- $1,000 was awarded to Ana Jurca, who met the criteria by participating in vocal and/or instrumental music.

Diedrickson/Niles --Eli Farmer, Emily Johnson and Missa Webb were the recipients.

Jeannette Wilkinson Memorial -- Joseph Bules, Rowyn Carmichael and Kyle Mock were the recipients. Kyle plans to study business administration at the University of Kansas. Rowyn will attend CMU and Joseph is headed to CU Boulder.

Kay Armstrong Scholarship ­-- This $1,000 scholarship, renewable for four years, is given to an aspiring teacher. Recipients were Lauren Davey and Leslie Velasquez.

Stewart/Watson/Wheeler -- Awarded to Amelia Lousignont.

The scholarship breakfast concluded with recognition of "full-ride" recipients.

The Daniels Fund Scholarship covers the "unmet need" for four years of college anywhere in the country. Delta High School had two recipients. Beki Atchley will study music education at CMU; Claire Corbasson will study environmental sustainability at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Caleb Frazier is one of 60 Boettcher Scholars named in Colorado. He will attend the University of Denver to study statistics and molecular biology.

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