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Going To School With Mom

Cindy Ramunno
Preston Utley/Vail DailyChris Montoya, a senior at Battle Mountain High School, enjoys the small-town athmosphere in his hometown of Minturn and at school " where his mom is the cook.
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Battle Mountain High School senior Chris Montoya loves his hometown Minturn.

“I like the small town,” says the young man with the bright smile.

Montoya grew up in Minturn. He attended Red Sandstone Elementary and Minturn Middle School before BMHS. Despite a lifelong struggle with a host of learning disabilities, Montoya will graduate in May,having attending special education classes all through his primary and secondary education career.

For the last five years, his mom, Ella Montoya, has worked as a cook at Battle Mountain. So Chris has had to behave and watch his every step.

“She would always find out about stuff going on with me,” Chris Montoya says with a smile.

But there are advantages to having your mom work at the school, too ” such as the opportunity for an important job.

“I work for her. I take money during lunch,” he says.

At Battle Mountain, Montoya was the boys basketball manager. He also participated in the Special Olympics.

His help with the sports team was invaluable, and coaches say he was responsible and fun to work with.

“Chris is one of those kids you love because he gives everything his best effort and always has a positive, respective mindset,” says Tom Kirk, one of Chris Montoya’s teachers. Montoya also set himself apart in analyzing history, which was easily apparent in formal and informal class discussions.

“His projects in class were creative,” Kirk says.

This summer, Montoya will visit family around Colorado and work. Next fall, Montoya hopes to attend Colorado Mountain College to study technology and accounting.

Chris Montoya’s parents always told him to try his best and he advises younger students to do the same.

“Try your best and keep doing well,” he says.

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