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Briefs: Battle Mountain chefs best in state

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EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado The Battle Mountain Pro-Start cooking team won its seventh state championship in nine years last week in Denver.The student chefs Pearl Burkham, Bart Clark, Julia Schorr, Rudy Sosa and alternate Taylor Hansen prepared a menu for judges and were scored on taste, preparation, sanitation, safety, knife skills and team work.The students also had to prove they can think like restaurateurs. Judges analyzed their menu, their cost estimations, ingredient lists all those things a good chef would need to understand to run an effective restaurant.They received mentoring from chefs Paul Ferzacca, Tom Walker, David Sanchez, Todd Rymer and ProStart teacher Sharon Wible.Each of the students earned $12,000 in scholarships.The team will compete against 50 other ProStart teams at the national competition in San Diego on April 24. Battle Mountain won the national competition in 2007. Matt Terrell

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado Cyclists can expect to ride on clear trails downvalley by next week, said ECO Trails Director Ellie Caryl.The Eagle-to-Gypsum paved trail will be plowed and swept for the spring by next Wednesday, but trail users still need to be careful on parts of the trail.Be aware that the shady part of the trail, particularly the trail tunnel under the railroad tracks, may be icy as surrounding snow continues to melt, Caryl said.B&B Excavating will also be doing construction by the Montgomery gravel pit, just west of Eagle and south of the river during March and April. The work will include building new lanes on Highway 6 and paving the trail by the new lanes.Construction is expected to be complete by the end of April and in the meantime there will be a detour.Users also need to follow signs at the Violet Lane trail entrance. The town of Eagle is rebuilding the bridge over Brush Creek through early May, and there will be work on the road and wastewater treatment plant on Violet Lane.

GYPSUM, Colorado Senior Teresa Petersons essay on her trip to Spain has won her scholarships to college and Costa Rica. Peterson went to Spain for 12 days last year with Eagle Valley High Schools travel club. She spent some of that time living with a Spanish family. The students visited Granada, Seville, Segovia, Madrid and Murcia. Peterson was named the groups most valuable traveler, and wrote an essay on her experiences. It was chosen the best essay written by the thousands of students in the nationwide Intercultural Student Experiences program. Peterson, who plans to study Spanish and international relations at the University of Colorado, has won a $2,000 college scholarship and a $1,100 scholarship to go on this months 15-day Travel Club trip to Costa Rica. Petersons Spanish teacher, Gretchen Gerleman, said she gives her students tips on how to blend in with the locals when traveling abroad. This takes a lot of research, she said. I learned so much about people and different cultures through traveling, I wanted to share those experiences with my students, Gerleman said.

EDWARDS, Colorado More than $350,000 in scholarships are available to new and returning Vail Christian School students. The scholarships open the Edwards private school to more students, said Julie Haller, admissions coordinator. We are so excited to be able to offer these scholarship programs to students. Our generous donors are helping encourage the growth of our school, Haller said. Many people dont realize that we have so much aid to offer our students, and our unique education is available to more students each year. The school also is about to open a fine center, gymnasium, conditioning room and new classrooms. For more information on the scholarships or to pick up an application, contact Haller at (970)766-4111. Applications are due April 11.

AVON, Colorado Last year, more than 2,000 kids participated in Avons annual Easter egg hunt. This years festivities, which the town calls the largest Easter egg hunt in the valley, begin at 10 a.m. on March 22 at Nottingham Park. More than 10,000 eggs will be hidden in the park. Other activities include sand art, mural coloring, painting, a petting zoo and a jelly-bean guessing contest. Children also can color the advertisement for the event in the Vail Daily and turn it in at egg hunt for a change to win a $50 savings bond. The event is for kids nine and young. Pets are not permitted.


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