Generous donors give DHS grads a helping hand

Photo by Pat Sunderland DHS seniors were all smiles after the school's annual scholarship breakfast last week.

In the spirit of gratitude, Delta High School counselors and administrators welcomed a large crowd of graduates, parents and donors to the school's seventh annual scholarship breakfast April 28. 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.

The list of scholarships includes:

1440 Image Apparel/Wood Family Scholarship -- the $500 award went to Jamie Sutliff, who plans to attend the University of Colorado Denver to pursue a degree in the medical field.

Garnet Mesa Elementary School/College for Every Student -- presented by instructor Alisa Johnson, with assistance from fifth graders Konner Workman and Ariel Jaques. The students awarded two $500 scholarships to Jamie Sutliff and Rodolfo Contreras.

Cindy Watson Scholarship -- presented by Cindy Watson, Watson Insurance and Financial Services, to Jamie Sutliff, in recognition of her passion and drive. Cindy Watson sponsors an annual golf tournament to raise funds for 13 scholarships across the Western Slope.

Colorado Mesa University President's Scholarships -- five $1,000 awards went to Karina Bedoy, who plans to study accounting and possibly premed; Autumn Jackson, nursing; Stephanie Jimenez, nursing; Brenda Towne, psychology/counseling; and Luke Anderson, unspecified.

COSI Grant Scholarship -- $1,000 each to Uyen Nguyen, Jamie Sutliff and Janeth Uribe. DHS received a grant to establish an Academy of Health Sciences, to prepare students for careers in the health care industry, fund college-level health courses, and assist college-bound seniors. Instructor Julie Boyd presented the awards.

DHS Class of 1965 Scholarship -- presented by Connie Withington Swaro to Neifi Campas, in the amount of $1,400.

Delta Area Chamber of Commerce/Deltarado Days -- presented by chamber board president Heather Redden and director Holly Piatek to Uyen Nguyen and Dario Melgoza. In addition to the $500 scholarship, the award conveys the honor of title of Deltarado Days 2016 queen/king.

Delta County Democratic Scholarship -- presented by Dick Gil-more and Carol Phelps to Cidney Fisk. Three scholarship are awarded countywide based on applicant essays.

Delta County Federal Credit Union -- presented by Nathan Sponseller to Kaylee Dunham ($1,250). Dunham also received a $1,000 Western Colorado Credit Union Chapter Scholarship.

Delta County Memorial Hospital Volunteers -- with the proceeds from the hospital gift shop, the DCMH Volunteers awarded $1,000 each to Jamie Sutliff and Stephanie Jimenez. Both plan to pursue careers in the medical field.

Delta County School District Coordinating Council -- presented by Danielle Barnard and Scott Siettman to Hannah Smith and Keilee Womack. Teachers in the school district awarded $400 scholarships at each high school in Delta County.

Delta Elks Lodge -- presented by Deb Houser to Sara Jurca, Kaylee Dunham and Cidney Fisk in the amount of $500 each.

Delta IOOF #116 -- presented by Toni Conger and Cliff Reeder to Kaisa Simon, Jamie Sutliff, Ben Sandoval and Keilee Womack. Funds for the $1,000 scholarships are raised at Saturday night bingo.

Delta Kiwanis Club -- Club president Kylynn Wilson presented $500 to Tylor Redden and Kaylee Dunham.

DMEA -- From the unclaimed capital credits fund, DMEA awards scholarships to students throughout its service territory. Alexis Williams and Sara Jurca received $1,200 from board member Bill Patterson.

First Colorado National Bank -- the $1,000 scholarships are funded by an annual basketball tournament. This year, scholarships went to Easton Metcalfe, who plans to pursue a degree in secondary education at Western State Colorado University, and Mykayla Music, who plans to major in wildlife biology at Colorado Mesa University.

Jack Hawkins Memorial Scholarship ­-- presented by Gregg Hawkins and Tina Timbreza to Jamie Sutliff. This $1,000 scholarship is funded by a basketball tournament held in honor of Jack Hawkins, a longtime resident who loved athletics and helping kids in the community. Sutliff is graduating with CNA certification from Delta-Montrose Technical College.

L&A Renfrow Scholarships -- presented by DHS grads Les and Ann Renfrow to four applicants -- Tori Carr, Jade Mahaffey, Hannah Smith and Neifi Campas. The Renfrows said the $1,000 awards are given out of a sense of pride and gratitude.

Masonic Scholarship -- Academic standing and character figured into the presentations made by Ray Veatch. Scholarships of $1,000 went to Kaylee Dunham, Kaisa Simon and Oscar Duran.

Rotary Club of Delta -- Scholarships totalling $7,500 were awarded to Rachel Huerkamp, $1000; Kaylee Dunham and Sara Jurca, $1,500; and Kaisa Simon and Jamie Sutliff, $1,750. Joe Carlson, Nancy Wood, Jim Wetzel and Dennis Doerer represented the club.

STEM Scholarship -- $1,500 each, funded by a Colorado Department of Education grant and awarded to senior leaders in the school's new WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) program. Kaisa Simon plans to study astrophysics at CU Boulder; Abbigail Nicholson also plans to attend CU Boulder, to study computer science/engineering.

Western Colorado Angus Association -- president Michael Ripp awarded $750 to Shanan Davey, for use in her ag studies.

Western Colorado Migrant Coalition -- $1,500 to Janeth Uribe, who plans to attend Metropolitan State University of Denver to study behavioral health. The award was presented by Martin Valdez, an employment specialist with the Colorado Workforce Center.

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 scholarship funds available to Delta County students. WCCF made the following presentations:

Kay Armstrong Scholarship ­-- Uyen Nguyen. A total of five $1,000 scholarships were awarded districtwide.

Edith May Cox -- $1,000, renewable for four years, to Sara Jurca, in recognition of her musical talent.

Diedrickson/Niles --

Six $1,775 scholarships were awarded, with two going to DHS seniors Mykayla Music and Easton Metcalf.

Thomas W. Osborn -- Austin Hollenbeck, $500 for vocational studies.

Stewart/Watson/Wheeler -- Shanan Davey and Keilee Womack, $1,000.

Jeannette Wilkinson Memorial -- Marina Contreras and Rodolfo Contreras, $1,000.

Richard W. McGuire Jr. Memorial Scholarship -- presented by Doris McGuire to Kaisa Simon ($1,000, renewable). Doris McGuire said the award exemplifies the passion her husband, a college professor, had for education.

Four students received scholarships that will cover all, or nearly all, their college expenses.

Janeth Uribe is the recipient of a U.S. Dream Act Scholarship, a federally funded award to assist immigrant youth who would otherwise not qualify for financial aid or tuition assistance. Uribe hopes to become a developmental behavioral science pediatrician.

In recognition of her hard work and dedication, Naomi Hayner received a combination of scholarships that will cover the cost of her education at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. She plans to earn a bachelor's degree in sociology, then apply to law school.

Delta High School also has two of the 60 Daniels Fund Scholars recognized in Colorado, Wade Ebert and Cruz Arias. Ebert plans to study physics or environmental engineering, but has not finalized his decision on a college. Arias is headed to New York City in August, to study business administration at the Parsons School of Design. His goal is to start his own high-end couture brand.

Shawna Magtutu, one of two counselors at Delta High School, began and ended the program with a quote from Sir Isaac Newton: "If I have seen further it is only by standing on the shoulders of giants."

The giants are those in the room who have supported the students on the path to graduation -- teachers, parents, scholarship donors. She encouraged the graduates to model themselves after those "giants," by paying it forward as they realize their dreams of a college education and move toward their career goals.

The seniors have just a handful of days of school remaining. Graduation will take place at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 15, at Panther Stadium. Baccalaureate is at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 11, at the Delta Center for Performing Arts.

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