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April 11, 2012
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We are pleased to announce that Keegan Hammond, 2008 EVHS and CMC graduate, will be receiving her Bachelor of Science Degree in Metallurgical and Material Science Engineering from Colorado School of Mines in May 2012.

Keegan has earned the honorable Hazen Research Outstanding Senior Award, which is given to the graduating senior with the highest GPA in her major. This honor is also accompanied by a cash gift sponsored by Hazen Research of Golden.

Keegan has just received her official acceptance into the prestigious graduate school at Colorado School of Mines for the Masters of Science program in the Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department starting with the fall of 2012 semester. Keegan's admission will be accompanied by a full scholarship with funding from the Kroll Institute for Extractive Metallurgy (KIEM). The funding will include all tuition, fees, health insurance and a stipend salary.

Congratulations to Keegan and her continued hard work. The next time you see her, or any other soon-to-be graduate, remind them that " the tassel is always worth the hassle."

Eagle Valley High School Concert Band, Concert Choir and Select Choir earned top marks at the Colorado High School Activities Association Large Group Music Festival last week.

The event was held at Summit High School, with bands performing on April 4 and choirs performing on April 5.

The CHSAA rating system is I-Superior, II-Excellent, III-Good, IV-Fair, V-Unprepared. Groups are rated by three judges with the overall rating being the average of the three scores.

"The band received two I's and a II for an overall rating of I," said EVHS music instructor Pat Sheehy. "This is the first time in several years that the band has received a superior rating and they were the first group of the day with only two groups to follow to receive a I overall."

The following day, the Concert Choir received straight II's.

"That is great, since it is the first time for many of them to be in choir and to participate in a festival like this," said Sheehy. "The Select Choir also received a superior rating, receiving I's from all three judges.

"I was very proud of the music students' performances and they represented Eagle Valley High School and Eagle County School District extremely well," said Sheehy

Colorado State University Extension 4H will host fun days at the Eagle County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall during spring break for local schools.

Kids ages 5 to 12 years are welcome to attend for a day of craft projects, activities, movies, lunch and snacks on Monday, April 16, and Tuesday, April 17, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To sign up, please call the CSU Extension Office before Wednesday, April 11, at (970) 328-8631. The cost is $25 for 4H members and $30 non-members with payment collected at the door.

The Porchlight Players are looking for several men and women to be part of a reader's theater performance for the One Book, One Valley reading project selection, "Doc."

The reader's theater is planned Thursday, April 19, at 6 p.m. at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards.

"We are reading excerpts and adapted excerpts from the book about the life of Doc Holliday, in conjunction with the One Book, One Valley event sponsored by the Vail Library District and The Bookworm," said Ann Olin of the Porchlight Players. "Very little preparation and no memorization will be required. It's just dramatic reading."

Anyone interested in helping out should contact Ann at ann.olin@porchlightplayers.com.

Spring AARP Driver Safety Classes

An AARP Driver Safety Class for drivers age 50 and older planned Saturday, April 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Colorado Mountain College Glenwood Center.

Most Colorado auto insurance companies offer discounts to those who complete the course. There is a $12 fee for AARP members and a $14 fee for non-members for the workbook and handouts.

To register call (970) 384-8747.

The Northwest Colorado Council of Governments and the Colorado State Forest Service are hosting a half-day workshop on financing and lending opportunities available for forestry and wood products businesses.

The workshop is planned Tuesday, April 24, at the Colorado Mountain College, Glenwood Center on Blake Avenue in Glenwood Springs. The session will start at 9 a.m. Reservation are required. Call Tim Reader at (970) 247-5250. Space is limited.

• Town of Eagle open space trails will open for the season Sunday, April 15. Until then please respect the winter trail closures to protect wintering wildlife and to avoid damage to roads or trails during wet conditions.

• Essays are due Monday, May 7, for local high school students applying for the Eagle Valley Rod and Gun Club Scholarship. The $600 award goes to the winner of 500- to 600-word writing contest. The topic is the Second Amendment and how actions by the current Colorado Legislature affect the right to bear arms. Essays should be double spaced and should contain the applicant's name and contact information at the top of each page. Send completed essays to the Eagle Valley Rod and Gun Club, P.O. Box 477, Gypsum, CO 81637, faxed to (970) 328-7818 or emailed to ldkhammond@gmail.com.


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