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Eagle Valley student get $3,100 in scholarships

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Special to the DailyStudent Teresa Peterson, left, and her Spanish teacher, Gretchen Gerleman, on the Eagle Valley High School Travel Club's trip to Spain last year.

GYPSUM, Colorado ” Senior Teresa Peterson’s 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 School’s 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 group’s “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 month’s 15-day Travel Club trip to Costa Rica.

Peterson’s 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.

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