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Students get a jump start on college

Cindy Ramunno

Two students from Battle Mountain High School currently attend college – before they’re scheduled graduation date in May. Jessica Hanson completed her high school graduation credits this past summer and entered Mesa State College in Grand Junction last fall. She accomplished this through a program called FastTracks. Hanson is majoring in theater and plans to attend her high school graduation in May.Through the ACCESS program, Andrea Knight is currently attending Johnson and Wales University. As a result of her involvement with the Battle Mountain ProStart program, Knight was offered a substantial scholarship to attend the culinary program at Johnson and Wales in Denver. The high school team in which Knight was on placed second in nationals last year. Knight’s teammate Brendan Russell, who graduated last spring, was also offered a sizeable scholarship to attend the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. “These are a few of the programs offered to our students to get a jumpstart on their college education,” says Eagle County School District spokeswoman Pam Boyd, who adds that the district’s dual-enrollment courses and advanced placement programs also play a role in kids’ college and university success.For more information on programs at Battle Mountain High School, call 328-2930.

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