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Editor’s note: This article has been written by Delta High School students. Throughout the school year, these students will contribute about one story a week. If you have a suggestion for a topic to be covered, email editor@deltacountyindependent.com.

Editor’s note: This article has been written by Delta High School students. Throughout the school year, these students will contribute about one story a week. If you have a suggestion for a topic to be covered, email editor@deltacountyindependent.com.

Welcome back to school. The Cedaredge FFA chapter has kicked off its 2019-2020 school year strong, coming off of a successful summer with state convention, fair events and many other activities.

Editor’s note: This article has been written by Delta High School students. Throughout the school year, these students will contribute about one story a week. If you have a suggestion for a topic to be covered, email editor@deltacountyindependent.com.

Delta County School District board member Jill Jurca was recently awarded the McGuffey Award by the Colorado Association of School Boards. Jurca was nominated for the award by the Delta County School District for her outstanding service to students and staff over the last four years. The Col…

This year, Cedaredge High School started its Interact Club, a school-age version of the internationally-known Rotary Club, of which there is a chapter in Cedaredge. On Oct. 10, the Interact Club elected Alayna Edwards as president of the newly-formed club.

On Sept. 5, Vision Charter Academy held its annual back to school barbeque and academic awards. Many families and friends came and enjoyed the food and the time to talk with one another. Families had opportunities to sign their learners up for clubs and parents to sign up to be a part of the…

Editor’s note: This article has been written by Delta High School students. Throughout the school year, these students will contribute about one story a week. If you have a suggestion for a topic to be covered, email editor@deltacountyindependent.com.

Over 102,000 youth in Colorado will be celebrating National 4-H Week Oct. 6-12.

Next year, math teacher Danielle Lopez will be teaching a class Delta High has never seen before: Cyber Security. It is intended to be for GearUp students, but anyone can take the class and earn a credit from University of Colorado Springs. UCCS Cyber Security Initiative is the sponsor of th…



The art of Delta High School upperclassmen was displayed at TADA! Your ART Space in Delta May 2-11. The students participated in a workshop, discussing the proper steps to submit artwork to an art show or gallery. TADA! resident artists donated supplies, frames, mat board, wire and assisted …

Hotchkiss High School senior Carson Michele Collins, daughter of Amy and Brian Collins, has been selected as the 2019 recipient of the Kathleen Wheeler Memorial Scholarship. She is planning to attend Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction and pursue a major in English with an emphasis in…

Hotchkiss High School senior Jesus Macias, son of Flor and Jesus Macias, has been selected as the 2019 recipient of the Betty Wolverton Scholarship. He is planning to attend the Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction and pursue a degree in a pre-medical field.

On May 9, 17 Hotchkiss K-8 seventh and eighth graders participated in the Black Mesa CattleWomen sponsored fourth quarter beef cook-off. Using one pound of ground beef donated by the CattleWomen, the teams prepared a favorite beef entree that was then judged by Cally Gallegos, Crawford town …

Delta High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) competed at state in Fort Collins on May 5 and 6. The career development event (CDE) teams of floriculture, horse evaluation, meats evaluation and technology, and veterinary science competed with opponents statewide.

"From the days when we had dance battles during our recess, to the days when Ms. Keller actually taught us to dance, and finally just last month when we got to put those moves into action at our final prom. Between all of this dancing, we have faced a variety of twists and turns that have he…

Umbrellas dotted Panther Stadium as commencement ceremonies opened Monday evening, but a light rain shower didn't dampen the festive occasion. This was the moment the 2019 graduates -- and their parents -- had been working toward for the past 12 years. So while the skies were gray, the mood …

Through the University of Colorado Boulder's Air Quality Inquiry project, students in Delta County and beyond are asking questions like: How does air quality differ around dogs versus cats? Near old cars versus new cars? At basketball games versus swim meets? Or inside boys' locker rooms ver…

Fifteen seniors from the Paonia High School graduating class of 2019 were awarded 49 scholarships totaling $69,200 Monday evening at the annual Senior Scholarship Awards Ceremony.

Cedaredge Elementary School's Destination Imagination team is headed to global finals for the first time ever, and the community is helping it get there.

A survey conducted on behalf of Delta County Joint School District #50 indicates now is not the best time to ask voters for a mill levy increase. The survey was conducted by EIS Solutions in late April, and consisted of telephone calls, texts and emails.

With support from the community, the students of Grand Mesa Choice Academy enjoyed their first prom on Saturday, May 4. Amelia Baldwin, dean of students, said the students danced, sang, played games and truly had a magical evening.

Delta Middle School recently recognized February Students of the Month. The characteristic that was highlighted was effort. These students were noted for their efforts in academics as well as extracurricular activities at DMS.

The first annual Host Day for students who are deaf and hard of hearing was hosted by Delta County Joint School District on Friday, May 3. This event was sponsored by the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind, Hands and Voices, Rotary Club and the school district. Students from Delta County…

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 orga…

Recipient of the PEO Chapter GT/Delta local $1,000 scholarship is Amelia (Mimi) Lousignont. She received her certificate at the Delta High School 2019 scholarship breakfast on Wednesday, May 1. Lousignont will be attending Adams State University with a major in psychology.

The Paonia High School Swing Choir was named "Outstanding Mixed Choir" at the 94th annual Colorado West Invitational Music Performance Festival in Grand Junction. The choir "All Superior" in Class 1A-2A.

Colorado Canyons Association (CCA) announces its 2019 spring education season. CCA works closely with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to get thousands of students outdoors every year, learning in a standards-based manner, in local National Conservation Areas. This year students from Mesa…

On Thursday, April 25, Vision Charter Academy had its annual Showcase/Talent Show. Learners filled the Delta High School gym with amazing learning displays. All graduating seniors are required to do a project and display. There was a section for seniors, for Destination Imagination teams, se…

If you accept the premise that every student can and should learn and that learning should be measurable, then Paonia Elementary's laser focus on student growth makes perfect sense.

On April 11, Delta High School held a talent show as part of Spring Fling week where seven amazing talents performed! Maddie Sanders, junior, won first place with her outstanding performance of "Hallelujah" accompanied by her ukulele. Rhetta Rice, sophomore, danced and sang to Michael Jackso…

Dan Cholas, a hard worker who has been in our Delta School District for about 50 years has many important roles. Mr. Cholas is a retired physical education coach, a current baseball umpire, and maintenance guy.

Full-day kindergarten, a priority for Governor Jared Polis, is receiving strong support in the Colorado State Legislature. If adopted, Delta County schools will see an additional $1.2 million to cover the expense.

Delta County School District is conducting a countywide survey to measure community support for schools. The survey will help school board members and district administrators determine the future direction of the school district.

Five Destination Imagination teams from Delta County qualified for the Global Finals to be held in Kansas City, Mo., May 22-25. Four teams are actively fundraising to help them reach their goal of attending the competition. The teams are from Cedaredge Elementary, Hotchkiss K-8, Lincoln Elem…

Cedaredge Elementary School presented third quarter academic awards to the following students:

Vision Charter Academy would like to congratulate Melissa Lundy, a VCA learner who won the grand prize for the 2019 Colorado Kids Create art contest. Melissa's winning entry was an illustration of the story "Rattlesnake Kate" inspired by Colorado's rich western heritage and Katherine Slaught…

GearUp is a college mentoring program that helps students get into college and maintain the grades they need to get into college. GearUp is a seven year grant that helps with scholarships, tutoring and visiting colleges. It also helps students through all four years of high school and into t…

The bleachers filled on Friday night, April 12, in the gym at the Hotchkiss High School. Family and classmates were on hand to support the varsity cheerleaders and dance team.

Five parents completed the eight-hour youth mental health first aid (YMHFA) course conducted on the Delta Campus of Vision Charter Academy March 18-21. Along with a comprehensive manual, participants received certificates of completion. Participants learned about adolescent development, sign…

On Friday, March 29, Lincoln Elementary held its third quarter ROAR assembly. Students are given ROAR awards for outstanding ROAR behavior and are nominated by teachers and staff. Below are the recipients from this quarter:

Delta High School is proud to announce that Caleb Frazier and Sameha Haque placed at the CHSAA speech and debate state competition in the informative speaking event. Coach Danielle Lopez notes that it is hard to place at state competition because speech and debate does not divide schools by …

As part of the Boettcher Scholarship program, which provides Colorado's most talented students with scholarships to attend a Colorado college or university, the Boettcher Foundation also honors the teachers who have committed themselves to supporting the high-achieving students who compete f…

When high school students from rural Colorado research air quality as it relates to the things that interest them most, the result is enthusiastic students and one-of-a-kind projects.

For the 2018-2019 school year, Cedaredge High School decided to implement something a little different -- Bruin Time (BT). The goal? According to the definition of BT, it's to enrich student learning and teach necessary life skills by providing students "with an opportunity to explore many d…

DHS students Logan Cooper, Trevor Ledesma, and Aiden Barrios are getting the opportunity of a lifetime. Thanks to private donations, these students will get the chance to go to Alaska next month to install solar panels.

Kalli Chapman, a senior from Vision Charter Academy, was awarded top honors at the "We Love Music" talent show competition March 22 at the Delta Performing Arts Center. Chapman sang "I Will Always Love You," a ballad written and recorded by Dolly Parton. As winner of the senior division, she…

The governor's 2019 budget could pump an additional $1.3 million into the general fund of Delta County School District #50. That's good news for a school district that falls in the bottom 25 percent of per-pupil funding in Colorado. Business manager Jim Ventrello said the school district is …

Twelve Destination Imagination (DI) teams from Delta County will be advancing to state competition at the Auraria Higher Education Center in Denver on Saturday, April 6. Teams qualified through regional competition in Rifle in early March.

Delta County Memorial Hospital Volunteers will be awarding $1,000 scholarships to 2019 graduates of Delta County high schools who are continuing their education in any area of health care. Applications are available from school counselors. Completed applications should be mailed to: DCMH Vol…

Vision Charter Academy is excited to announce 33 students from eight different schools have signed up for the We Love Music competition. There is still time to sign up your student before the deadline of Thursday, March 14. Auditions will be held March 15 at the Delta Performing Arts Center.

This month at Delta High, two students have formed a club called Gay Straight Alliance. The club held an interest meeting on March 5 and it held its first official meeting on March 7. Chris Romero and Sadearah Hanson are the founders of Gay Straight Alliance. The club is so LGBTQ+ students h…

Five service academy information days will be conducted in Colorado during the months of March, April and May. These events provide the opportunity for parents and students to join representatives from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs; the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.;…

The Delta High School speech and debate team recently competed in the CHSAA regional tournament in Fruita. Six students qualified to compete in the upcoming CHSAA state competition in March. Pictured in the accompanying photo are Caleb Frazier (district champion in informative speaking), Sho…

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