2020 Superintendent Scholars

Mikayla R. Acton

Grand Junction High School

Nathanel D. Akens

Central High School

Inga N. Almgren

Palisade High School .

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
I have many great memories from High School! Two of the best were walking off the field after our finals performance of Always Now with Marching Band and closing night of The Music Man.

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
I would like to thank my Mom, Dad, and Sisters for their unending support. I would also like to thank Ms. Huntley for being a great coach and all of my teachers for the great learning I have experienced these last 13 years.

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
Smile! It is a simple action and yet has the great power to brighten other peoples' days (even if they don't realize it). Also, your life will be much easier if you actually read the assigned readings (audiobooks are cool too!).

Which college/university are you going to?
Colorado School of Mines

What do you plan to study?
Environmental Engineering


Evan M. Ancell

Grand Junction High School

Steven Antonio

Mesa Valley Community School

Isaac H. Atkinson

Palisade High School

Ethan J. Aubert

Palisade High School

Mya E. Balerio

Palisade High School .

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
My favorite high school memory is eating lunch with Mrs.McFarlin.

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
I would like to thank my parents for supporting me especially when I would stay up really late to study. I would also like to thank Mr.Torfin and Mr.Borgmann for being amazing teachers and making high school fun.

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
I advise students to always put all their effort into their work because it really does pay off in the end.

Which college/university are you going to?
Colorado Mesa University

What do you plan to study?
Nursing


Ian J. Barnes

Fruita Monument High School .

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
Going on basketball trips with the team.

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
My family, friends, teachers, all school staff, and coaches,

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
Just find a way to enjoy anything you do.


Owen F. Bartels

Fruita Monument High School .

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
Making second round playoffs with the League of Legends team.

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
I'd like to take a moment to thank, absolutely no one. We each rise and fall of our own merit and our own determination, I am here today because of myself, not because of anyone else.

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
Stay strong, follow your hearts, and don't worry about the little things like a bad grade on a test or ditching class once in a while, be good to others and try your best, but most importantly be happy with who you are and what you've accomplished. Enjoy yourself.


Kloe G. Bates

Fruita Monument High School

Kaylee J. Benefield

Fruita Monument High School

Andrew T. Bennett

Grand Junction High School

Tessa K. Berry

Fruita Monument High School .

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
It's really hard to pick just one, because I've made so many great memories, but one of my favorites would definitely be jamming out to music and playing games on the bus rides to and from swim meets.

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
First, I'd like to thank my family, for always supporting and encouraging me. Second, I'd like to thank my friends for making high school fun and keeping me sane. Finally, I'd like to thank my teachers for helping me learn and grow.

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
Trust yourself, be kind to others, and put in the work.

Which college/university are you going to?
Colorado Mesa University

What do you plan to study?
Criminal Justice


Cade R. Bickham

Palisade High School .

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
Playing Baseball

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
I'd like to thank The Academy, my parents for pushing me to be my best, and my teachers for helping me get to where I wanted to be.

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
Enjoy it while your there and make sure you find something fun to do for an extracurricular.

Which college/university are you going to?
Texas A&M University

What do you plan to study?
Sport Management


Sienna A. Bigler

Palisade High School .

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
All the fun trips with the basketball team and the football games.

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
My parents and sister for always supporting me and helping me when needed, and all the teachers that helped me grow into the person I am today.

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
Have fun because it goes by fast. Stay focused and work hard.

Which college/university are you going to?
University of Arizona

What do you plan to study?
Biology


Cassidy G. Bittner

Palisade High School .

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
My favorite high school memory would probably have to be experiencing everything with my best friends. Getting ready for dances, going to football games, and making each other laugh to get through class.

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
I would like to thank my parents. They have been my biggest supporters through everything and have sacrificed so much to allow me to have so many opportunities. I would also like to thank my brother, Brody, for having confidence in me and making me stick out all of my hard classes no matter how frustrated I got. Lastly I would like to thank all of my teachers who have not only educated me, but made me into a better person.

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
My advice to fellow students is cheesy but would be that you can do it. School can get overwhelming at times, but in the end you'll be proud that you made it through and we're able to finish that class, club, or extracurricular you were struggling with. So keep working hard and don't give up.

Which college/university are you going to?
University of Colorado Colorado Springs

What do you plan to study?
Biology


Chantelle A. Bizer

Fruita Monument High School .

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
First Computer Geeks Club meeting I went to

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
Braden Hobbs, William Samuels, and Robin Sommerville

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
Make friends that have you go outside your comfort zone

Which college/university are you going to?
Colorado Mesa University

What do you plan to study?
Electrical and computer engineering


Anthony A. Booth

Grand Junction High School

Gabrielle K. Bowman

Fruita Monument High School

Delaney Bruner

Mesa Valley Community School

Mia C. Brygger

Grand Junction High School .

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
Going on overnight trips with my lacrosse team.

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
I'd like to thank my parents for always encouraging me to work hard in school, but also take time to do what makes me happy. I would also like to thank my teachers who helped me become a student who enjoys learning even when it's challenging. Lastly, I want to thank my lacrosse coaches, Morgan and Madi, who have taught me everything I know about the sport I love most.

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
For those of you still in high school, I want to remind you that you get out of school what you put into it, both academically and socially. Go to those games and dances, join those clubs and sports that you're interested in, because that's where you will find the people you relate to most. It might be scary at first, but it's worth a shot. I tried a lot of new things in high school (lacrosse, ALT, mock trial, WCCC CNA's program, cross country, Junior Ski Patrol, working). Some things worked out great, while others didn't and that's okay too. It is so important to learn from your mistakes because that's how you grow as an individual.

Which college/university are you going to?
Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA

What do you plan to study?
Community health


Makayla M. Burke

Fruita Monument High School

Nicholas P. Burke

Grand Junction High School

Lauryn N. Burton

Grand Junction High School

Noah P. Butzine

Fruita Monument High School .

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
Some of my favorite memories have been going on night hikes with my friends.

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
Mrs. Timmer and Mrs. Lavadie for being flexible and helping me learn in the style that best suits me.

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
Try at least one new sport/club that sounds interesting. It's important to diversify your life outside of school.

Which college/university are you going to?
Barrett the Honors College at Arizona State University

What do you plan to study?
Environmental Engineering with a Minor in Sustainability


Julianna I. Campos

Grand Junction High School .

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
Bus trips, making life-long friends

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
My parents, Grandparents, teachers. I couldn't have done it without them.

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
Be kind and work hard!

Which college/university are you going to?
CMU

What do you plan to study?
Biology


Miranda P. Chaffin

Central High School .

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
Marching band was one of my favorite parts of High School. It helped me discover one of my passions for playing snare drum as well as help me break out of my shell and make friends. It was a lot of work but mostly a lot of fun. The friends I made here, and all the fun we had together in school and outside of school, will be something I remember and cherish long after graduation. I'll always remember the feeling of performing at a state competition, as well as the feeling of lying on the shaded asphalt with my fellow drumline members to rest our aching backs. The marching band is like my second family, and I'm so glad I was a part of it.

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
Thank you so much for the recognition! I would like to thank everyone, my friends and my family for being there for me. I also want to thank my mom. Thank you so much for always supporting me and calming me down when I got stressed. For staying up late with me when I had lots of school work, and for being a amazing mom. I love you so much! Thank you!

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
"One of the most important things you can learn is how to roll with your mistakes. Sometimes they happen. You just gotta learn from them and move on. Dragging them out won't make anything better. Also, remember to have fun and make friends! In the end it is what you will remember most."

Which college/university are you going to?
Colorado Mesa University

What do you plan to study?
Animation, Film, and Photography


Aleah C. Chick

Central High School .

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
Finishing in the final four at state for high school softball my junior year.

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
God, family, friends, coaches, teachers, and anyone else that took interest in helping me be successful.

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
Hard work pays off, never give up, and always be humble and kind.

Which college/university are you going to?
American University of Antigua (AUICASA)

What do you plan to study?
Premedicine


Amber J. Church

Grand Junction High School .

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
My favorite high school memory would have to be the bus ride to state for marching band my junior year

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
My sister, she was always there for me and my friends, because they are what made high school fun and memorable for me

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
Don't take the time with your classmates and teachers for granted, tell them how much they mean to you.

Which college/university are you going to?
Colorado Mesa University

What do you plan to study?
Computer Science


Cobe L. Clark

Palisade High School .

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
Wrestling

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
Mom, Dad, and Caden

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
There is always room for improvement.

Which college/university are you going to?
Baylor University

What do you plan to study?
Engineering


Rachel M. Coffey

Fruita Monument High School .

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
Multiple favorite memories made in my four years, but I made most of those during senior volleyball season

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
I'd like to thank my parents for supporting me through thick and thin and always offering help when they could. I'd like to thank my siblings as well, even thought they were in different cities pursuing college they were always there to offer moral support.

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
Enjoy high school and your high school peers while it lasts, and go to junior prom because it might be your last chance to attend prom.

Which college/university are you going to?
Colorado School of Mines

What do you plan to study?
Mechanical Engineering


Elizabeth K. Crabtree

Fruita Monument High School

Carissa H. Crawford

Grand Junction High School

Elias R. Cressler

Central High School .

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
There's too many.

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
First off, I would like to thank my family (especially my mom) for always being there for me and helping me overcome every obstacle that came my way. I would also like to thank all of the teachers I've had throughout the last twelve years for helping shape me into the person I am today and teaching me most of what I know. I'm especially grateful to Valley School for everything that the teachers there helped me accomplish during my high school career.

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
My advice to fellow students is to be yourself. Don't worry about other people's opinions about you, the only opinion that matters is your own.

Which college/university are you going to?
CMU

What do you plan to study?
Criminal justice


Tiffany L. Crews

Fruita Monument High School .

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
Much favorite high school memory is the most recent homecoming. As a member of Student Council, homecoming is always one of my favorite parts of the year. This school year, however, was definitely the most memorable as we broke our attendance records and got to see more of the student body come together.

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
I'd like to thank my parents, they have supported me through all of the long nights and early mornings.

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
If I could give fellow students one piece of advice, it would be to enjoy each moment you have left in high school, really live in each moment. I realize now more than ever how quickly things can change and be taken away from you.


Kaleb D. Crone

Grand Junction High School .

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
Assemblies and school activities

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
I would like to thank my family for the constant support, but more importantly, my parents for pushing me for all 4 years of high school. There were ups and downs, but in the end, I could not have achieved a 4.0 or above without them.

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
Get to know how your teachers are so you can get on their good side and earn their respect. From that point on, just give them what they want and work hard. That is the easiest way to coast through high school and get good grades.

Which college/university are you going to?
Colorado Mesa University

What do you plan to study?
Mechanical Engineering


Victoria N. Curry

Palisade High School

Shaylyn M. Cutshall

Fruita Monument High School .

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
All of the softball and soccer trips with my team.

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
First, I would like to thank my parents for pushing me to excel as a student and an athlete. Without their support I would not have been the student and person I am today. Next, I would like to thank my grandparents for being there as the biggest support system and giving me another reason to make them proud. Lastly, I would like to thank and recognize my sisters - more like best friends. You guys give me a purpose to be a role model and someone to look up to, so thank you for being there. I love you all.

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
Don't ever let people guide you away from doing what you want. Stereotypes will always be there but just because you are smart doesn't mean you're a “nerd.” Find the drive within you and know that academics takes you far. Try new things and stay motivated because you never know who's looking up to you.

Which college/university are you going to?
Colorado Mesa University

What do you plan to study?
Major in Engineering, Minor in Psychology


Faith Cutts

Palisade High School .

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
Going on our IB senior camp trip at Mesa Verde. I loved sitting around the campfire at night and going on late night walks around camp.

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
Everyone who has supported me. Especially my parents, Nathan and Loree, my close friends, and my boyfriend Destyn.

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
Follow your heart and don't live your life trying to please others. Do what makes you happy and everything else will fall into place.

Which college/university are you going to?
Colorado Mesa University

What do you plan to study?
Biology and business


Faith A. Cutts

Palisade High School

Chloe L. Dalton

Palisade High School

Allyson H. Dann

Grand Junction High School

Maximillian P. DeGeorge

Grand Junction High School

Autumn J. Detor

Fruita Monument High School

Violet D. Detwiler

Fruita Monument High School

Kelsee N. Dixon

Palisade High School

Bryson Lavery Dodd

Palisade High School

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
Our CAS project senior year in which we raised money for and brought happiness to local cancer patients

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
I would like to thank my mother and all of the faculty at Palisade for pushing me, helping me, and having such a large impact on my life.

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
Do not focus primarily on school, especially if you are in IB or other rigorous classes. By doing so, you will let school get the better of you and wear you down. Make sure you prioritize and balance school with friends, personal time, and family time.

Which college/university are you going to?
Colorado Mesa University

What do you plan to study?
Nursing


Caitlyn M. Eidson

Palisade High School .

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
My favorite memories are spending time with friends, attending football games, and my favorite dance was the color dance.

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
I would like to thank my friends and family who have been there for me when I needed them most.

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
Do as much as you can and push yourself because it will be worth it.

Which college/university are you going to?
I am planning to attend The University of Pittsburgh

What do you plan to study?
Biology


Katelyn J. Ellyson

Palisade High School .

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
Mr. Torfin and Mr. Borgmann's classes

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
I would like to thank all of my teachers who got me through the past 4 years.

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
Appreciate your teachers and spend time with friends!

Which college/university are you going to?
University of Arizona

What do you plan to study?
Marketing


Sean N. Emmons

Palisade High School

Paul M. English

Grand Junction High School

Watts C. Erb

Palisade High School .

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
It would have to be the group of people that I ate lunch with. Never a dull moment with them.

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
I would like to thank all of the teachers, my friends, and my family.

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
Just keep pushing through, it'll be worth it.

Which college/university are you going to?
Yale University

What do you plan to study?
Environmental Engineering and Economics


Liliana M. Flanigan

Palisade High School

Ryan R. Foley

Palisade High School

Emma M. Gee

Fruita Monument High School

Gina D. Giannangelo

Grand Junction High School .

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
Playing volleyball for 4 years and all the everlasting me memories created over the years!

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
My mother Julie, my father Eric, and my sister/best friend Natalie for their unconditional love.

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
Appreciate the small moments and memories, they become the bigs ones!

Which college/university are you going to?
CMU

What do you plan to study?
Nursing


Kailee R. Giddings

Fruita Monument High School

Alayna N. Gilbert

Central High School

Liam Gilbride

Fruita Monument High School

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
Prom

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
My parents, Libby Crabtree, my best friends

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
Don't get lazy. If you stick to the grind it just gets easier.

Which college/university are you going to?
Colorado School of Mines

What do you plan to study?
Mining Engineering


Sydney N. Golba

Fruita Monument High School .

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
Having my art selected for a gold key in the Scholastic Art Show in Denver.

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
Thank you to my parents for their continued support in what I want to pursue.

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
Take classes that YOU want to take! high school goes by fast and you don't want to spend that time in classes you don't enjoy.

Which college/university are you going to?
Colorado Mesa University

What do you plan to study?
Fine Arts


Sydney N. Golba

Fruita Monument High School

Annalea L. Gorrino

Fruita Monument High School

Elizabeth J. Gorsuch

Grand Junction High School

Jake Griffin

Grand Junction High School

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
Becoming chess champion between myself and James

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
I would like to thank my mom for not only believing in me, but teaching me how to hold true to my beliefs. I would also like to thank my dad for playing me in chess all these years, even when I beat him.

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
Do what you love, and be kind to everyone.

Which college/university are you going to?
Stanford University

What do you plan to study?
Mathematics or Computer Science


Erica R. Guddat

Grand Junction High School

Davidlee R. II Guerrero

Grand Junction High School

Connor M. Hagee

Fruita Monument High School

Graycen L. Hanson

Grand Junction High School

Madison S. Harris

Palisade High School

Jack Hawkins

Fruita Monument High School

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
Playing in the sweet 16 for basketball

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
First, my parents. Next, my mom and dad.

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
Have fun, don't take yourself too seriously

Which college/university are you going to?
BYU

What do you plan to study?
Psychology


Trigg T. Hayward

Fruita Monument High School .

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
Learning the basics of film and media production with Zeb Hayward.

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
I would like to thank all of my teachers for pushing me to work hard and do my best, my family for always supporting me and helping me through any problems I've had or struggles I've had to get through, my mentors (Brandon Gregg, Zeb Hayward, and Caleb Hicks) you guys have taught me so much not just about school but about the kind of person I would like to be.

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
Keep getting good grades and working hard, but the best thing I did in high school was finding something i'm really passionate about and pursuing that as much as I could.


Ethan J. Hennessey

Fruita Monument High School .

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
Going to high school events with all my friends.

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
My mother

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
You only go to high school once, go to all the games and events you can.

Which college/university are you going to?
University of Colorado Boulder

What do you plan to study?
Political Science


Emmelyn K. Hill

Fruita Monument High School .

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
Meeting my best friend

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
I'd like to thank myself, my teachers, all of the staff and faculty at my school, my family, friends, and my God.

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
It goes by really fast. Enjoy every moment and start planning now for your future.

Which college/university are you going to?
Cornerstone University

What do you plan to study?
Psychology


Claire N. Hillan

Fruita Monument High School

Brooklyn J. Hollingshead

Fruita Monument High School

William C. Hornsby

Central High School

Jade T. Jalbert

Central High School

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
Trick or Treat Street with NHS

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
My parents, grandparents, and sibilings

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
That even though certain subjects seem pointless and will never be used again. It is important to educate yourself, you never know what will be needed in the future as our world rapidly changes.

Which college/university are you going to?
Regis University

What do you plan to study?
Undeclared but probably Biomedical Sciences


Dylan M. Johnson

Fruita Monument High School

Katelyn M. Johnson

Fruita Monument High School

Elise R. Junge

Grand Junction High School

Kayla M. Keith

Palisade High School

Brayden M. Kelley

Fruita Monument High School .

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
Being apart of kindness is contagious week, or being in student council and putting on fun events for the student body!

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
I would like to thank my family! I have an amazing family who has helped me throughout my years and has guided me in the right direction! I would also like to thank god for always having a plan for me and guiding me down the right path in life thus far.

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
Trust the process! It's a marathon not a sprint, have some fun, and work hard too.

Which college/university are you going to?
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

What do you plan to study?
PGA Golf Management Program


Gillian A. Kelley

Palisade High School

Ragen R. Kelley

Palisade High School

Dylan R. Kessler

Palisade High School

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
I can't single anything out. High school, even looking back now, is just a blur. Nothing stands out to me. I'm just excited to move on.

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
Teachers. Teachers are amazing.

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
Separate your life and school as much as you possibly can mentally. Realize you're not your grades. School is important, but it's far from paramount. School only sets you up for more life, but do not forget to live during high school either. Have fun. But not in class.

Which college/university are you going to?
Currently undecided.

What do you plan to study?
Chemical engineering


Taylor N. Kincaid

Fruita Monument High School .

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
Running Cross Country along with Track and Field

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
I'd like to thank my parents Joel and Tammy along with my best friend and sister Arianna who have always given me the support I needed throughout high school. I'd also like to thank my coach Jay Valentine for always pushing me to be the best runner I could be.

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
My advice would be to always try your best at everything you put your heart into, and to have fun while doing it

Which college/university are you going to?
Colorado Mesa University.

What do you plan to study?
Bachelor of Science in Nursing


Douglas R. King

Palisade High School

Kenley S. Kohls

Fruita Monument High School .

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
Through NHS I was able to plan and play games with residence at Independence Village. I've had many a great nights hearing their crazy stories and being creamed at Apples to Apples then going to Munchies and talking with friends.

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
My parents for supporting me no matter what, my siblings for tutoring me in physics, psychology and life skills, and my teachers for being my friends.

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
Life's more fun when you participate! If you really want to be apart of that club/sport/activity/class then you'll find the time to make it happen. High school is a time to try new things so stop stressing and go have fun!

Which college/university are you going to?
BYU

What do you plan to study?
Physical therapy


Karsen L. Kreidler

Fruita Monument High School .

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
My favorite memory from high school is talking to Mrs. Anderson every morning during second hour while I was her teacher aid.

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
I would like to thank my parents and siblings for always supporting and encouraging me. I would also like to thank my friends for studying with me and pushing me to do my best always.

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
My advice for students would be to do your best and study for school, but still remember to have fun and not let life pass you by.

Which college/university are you going to?
Baylor University

What do you plan to study?
Economics


Kobey R. LaDuke

Grand Junction High School

Cassidy E. Lastine

Fruita Monument High School

Caitlin L. Lawson

Fruita Monument High School .

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
In my sophomore year I joined the FMHS Catalyst newspaper. After hard work learning the ins and outs of journalism I finally got to see my writing in a traditional print style. It was incredible to see all the hard work my peers and I put in, in final form.

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
I am so thankful to all of my teachers, every single one of them have shown me something about myself and the world we live in. Each pushed me to my full potential, even when I didn't feel like working hard at times. And I always knew I had a wonderful collection of teachers to turn to if I need advice. Outside of school I was lucky to have parents who expected me to work hard but understood the importance of having fun, too. My dance instructors showed me how to forget my worries (or at least try to) and live in the moment. I thank each and everyone of them, because I wouldn't be who I am today without them.

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
It's so cliche, but high school does end before you know it. Don't take it for granted. And always, work to your fullest capability, whatever that is.

Which college/university are you going to?
Colorado Mesa University

What do you plan to study?
Exercise Science


Austin J. Leach

Palisade High School

Sofia F. LeGrand

Palisade High School

Amber M. Lively

Fruita Monument High School .

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
My favorite memory was trick-or-treating for cans with my friends on halloween. We were characters from The Breakfast Club and collected the most cans in NHS.

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
I'd like to thank my family, friends, and teachers for the positive high school experience. I'd especially like to thank Wid for helping me grow as an artist and for the time she devotes to us.

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
Take classes you're genuinely interested in, try new extracurriculars, and don't procrastinate doing something with your friends. You won't all be together in high school for long.

Which college/university are you going to?
Colorado School of Mines

What do you plan to study?
Materials and metallurgical engineering


Haley L. MacDonald

Fruita Monument High School

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
The best memories I have are always spending time with friends no matter when or where.

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
I've had some really great teachers that helped a lot and my parents for always supporting me no matter where I choose to go.

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
Spread out the classes you're really interested to take so you don't run out by senior year.

Which college/university are you going to?
Grand Canyon University

What do you plan to study?
Counseling psychology


Sarah R. Mahoney

Fruita Monument High School .

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
Hanging out with my friends between classes.

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
I would like to thank my parents and brother, and also my friends for all the support and positivity they have given me.

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
Don't be afraid to put yourself out there, try new things and absorb all the opportunities given to you.

Which college/university are you going to?
Colorado Mesa University

What do you plan to study?
Art history and sustainability practices.


Aaliyah B. Maldonado

Palisade High School .

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
My favorite High School memory was being part of Palisade's production of The Music Man as part of the cast and as the master painter.

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
I would like to thank all my family and incredible teachers for their support specifically my mom, my sister and my choir teacher Mr. Doty.

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
My advice to students still in school is to do your best to make your work something you love.

Which college/university are you going to?
I'm planning to attend Colorado Mesa University

What do you plan to study?
I plan on studying Art Education and Spanish.


Christina M. Marcial

Grand Junction High School

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
4 years of Marching band competitions

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
Thank you to the dedicated teachers who love their jobs. I aspire to be one.

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
Pay attention to your teachers

Which college/university are you going to?
CMU

What do you plan to study?
Computer Science


Madison A. Martinez

Grand Junction High School

Valeria G. Martinez

Central High School

Aleah M. Mazurek

Gateway School

Ethan J. McCallum

Fruita Monument High School

Ryan Q. McCloskey

Fruita Monument High School

Eden McGee

Mesa Valley Community School

Izabelle M. Mease

Fruita Monument High School

Leah J. Meleski

Palisade High School

Tatum A. Menon

Palisade High School .

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
My favorite highschool memory was representing Senator Michael Bennett at the 2018 Fall Naturalization Ceremony at GJHS!

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
I would like to thank my sister Tiana, my family and my friends for supporting me during the last four years.

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
If you are passionate about a certain subject matter, speak up about it! Your passion will influence others and eventually enact change. Don't give up!!

Which college/university are you going to?
Middlebury College

What do you plan to study?
International Politics and Economics


Cassandra G. Miller

Palisade High School

Jack A. Mohler

Palisade High School

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
Playing for the baseball team.

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
My parents, my sister, and my wonderful teachers.

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
Don't get too worked up about anything, life just has a way of figuring itself out. However, you still must manage your time well and get all of your stuff done.

Which college/university are you going to?
University of Arizona

What do you plan to study?
Business Finance


Alyssa K. Morse

Fruita Monument High School .

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
Senior Sunrise with my friends

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
I'd first like to thank my parents and siblings for being my built-in supporters throughout my life. Also I'd especially like to thank my friends for all of the fun and crazy memories and for never failing to make me laugh.

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
An important part of high school is getting good grades, but don't lose sight of one of the best and most memorable parts of high school: forming new friendships, strengthening old ones, and having fun while helping others through their high school experience.

Which college/university are you going to?
Brigham Young University

What do you plan to study?
Nutrition and Psychology


Tucker J. Mothersell

Palisade High School

Katelyn N. Nelson

Fruita Monument High School

Chloe N. Noga

Fruita Monument High School

Chloe Nordstrom

Mesa Valley Community School

Lyndee P. Ortega

Fruita Monument High School .

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
That one time I hid fifty dollars in my desk just to see if someone would find it. It was still there a week later.

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
The passion of one is the heart of many, for those who dream have seen the need for change in the people that surround them. I would first like to thank those who stood by me. Family, both blood and bond, is the only crutch that can support a heart. It matters not who you are or where you are going without friendships to share the spoils of life. As we all know, memories cannot be bought. They are created, and thus we are responsible for the life we construct. I would like to thank that one person who said it was impossible for ‘normal' people to get straight A's. You know who you are, and you owe me. I thank those who have seen and endured what many will never know, be it in service, circumstance, or a simple act of goodwill. May your courage change the world as you have changed others. To those who taught me to value the hardships and to be willing to work for something better, you are my inspiration. To those who think that they have failed. The test of life only ends when your heart stops beating. Finally, to those who ever accepted a challenge just to see if it was possible, do you regret it?

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
You've questioned it over and over again. Why are they so different? Why can't I be like them? I have had these very same thoughts, and I am here to tell you that there is nothing stopping you from becoming the person you aspire to be. Have you ever wanted to try something but couldn't, just because? I have, many times. Only I later gained the courage to face that desire. I have tried skateboarding, learned to play the violin, taken four years of Spanish and one year of American Sign Language, went skydiving, joined Speech and Debate, tried that Ag Construction class that no girl wants to take, battled AP classes, joined Cross Country with no prior running experience. All of these decisions were sudden impulses. I can proudly say that I regret none of them. While there were some moments I would like to forget, I am who I am today because of those experiences. One bad day cannot ruin a lifetime of amazing opportunities. How did I do it? Why? Money. That's what everyone thinks. I got straight A's for money. While scholarships do help, they are merely a bonus. Rather, I did it for all you ‘ordinary' students. I learned that honors classes are not as hard as you have convinced yourself. Take that class, and if it's too difficult, talk to your teacher or switch out. That club that is highly competitive? They are looking for people as motivated as you. As a child, I struggled in school, and was seldom willing to put in the extra effort. One day, a friend said it was impossible to get straight A's. I made myself the promise that if I failed, it truly had to be impossible. But I didn't, and you won't either. If you try, and I don't mean the kind where you give up in a couple weeks, at the very least, you will come close, no matter who you are. You will have earned something gained a level of respect for yourself that wasn't there before. It doesn't matter how much knowledge you can store in your head. What matters is how willing you are to face the obstacle holding you back. If you must, buy a desk, get a lamp for night study, wrap yourself in a blanket, use music, do pushups to stay awake, tie yourself to a chair (i've used this one). So what does this mean for you? Do not let the complaints of others intimidate you. Your greatest opponent is not that person who is stronger, smarter, prettier, richer than you. It is yourself, the person who stares back at you in the mirror, the person that you believe you are. Take the challenge, even if you think you will fail. Remember, being smart is irrelevant. I am living proof.

Which college/university are you going to?
Colorado Mesa University

What do you plan to study?
Undecided


Xiomara Ortiz-Lopez

Grand Junction High School .

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
My favorite memory was competing in Speech and Debate with an amazing team.

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
I'd like to thank my mom who encouraged me and pushed me forward when I felt I couldn't go any further.

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
Trust me, take it easy your senior year. You'll definitely thank yourself when you have time to enjoy your senior year and work on college applications, or even just have room for when senioritis hits.

Which college/university are you going to?
University of Rochester

What do you plan to study?
Undecided


Shiloh A. Padgett

Palisade High School

Kelsey A. Page

Grand Junction High School

Payshence R. Page

Palisade High School

Preetha D. Patel

Palisade High School

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
Senior Homecoming

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
My mom

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
Never compare yourself to others. Instead set a goal for yourself to where you want to be and try to achieve that. Also, never find shortcuts and get through your struggles, because you will learn and develop greater skills through that and it gives you a sense of accomplishment and pride in the end.

Which college/university are you going to?
University of California: Riverside

What do you plan to study?
Business Administration


Cavan E. Pawlowski

Palisade High School .

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
Traveling with the baseball team

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
My teachers and parents for pushing and supporting me

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
Get your work done; it's worth it.

Which college/university are you going to?
Colorado Mesa University

What do you plan to study?
Computer Science


Sarah K. Penick

Fruita Monument High School .

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
Going on tennis trips with the girls tennis team.

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
My family and teachers.

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
Don't procrastinate and try to have a good sleep schedule.

Which college/university are you going to?
University of Colorado Colorado Springs

What do you plan to study?
Biology


Maylin N. Peppelman

Palisade High School

Cora M. Perkins

Central High School

Brody M. Perlick

Fruita Monument High School

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
It hasn't happened yet but graduation

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
My parents

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
Don't stop trying, learn what you enjoy and get through the rest

Which college/university are you going to?
Colorado School of Mines

What do you plan to study?
Electrical Engineering


Johneth R. Price

Central High School .

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
My favorite high school memory was when myself and a few other local high school students were able to meet with Governor Polis to discuss many prevalent issues local high school students are facing such as challenges with mental health and school funding.

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
There are too many people to count who I would like to thank! Alongside my family every single teacher I have had has contributed to shaping me into the person I am today!

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
I know everyone says to value your time because high school goes by fast, but really don't waste a second! Get involved in programs related to your passions, push yourself to try something new, and most importantly do not waste your time worrying about if you are accomplished enough, smart enough, or good enough. We each have different dreams and define success differently, do not waste your time comparing your goals to others. Find ways to celebrate your successes no matter how small or large, and be proud of your personal growth and accomplishments no matter what they are! Life is too short to waste time discounting yourself.

Which college/university are you going to?
Harvard University

What do you plan to study?
Government/Political Science


Jack S. Priske

Fruita Monument High School .

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
soccer trips, homecoming/prom

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
I'd like to thank all my teachers for pushing me to be the best version of myself. To all my friends for always encouraging and supporting me throughout my best and difficult times. I'd especially like to thank my parents for helping me strive to always be great and awarding me with amazing experiences.

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
Always put your 100% effort into everything you do. I encourage you to bring out the best version of yourself and be a positive influence on your peers. I'm not saying to dedicate yourself to school alone, but to try to find the right balance between having good grades and being able to have fun. Working hard leads to success which can open doors to many opportunities you thought weren't possible.


Felicity Propst

Mesa Valley Community School

Hannah N. Przystup

Fruita Monument High School

Holly L. Pumphrey

Fruita Monument High School .

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
Being in the drama club

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
I'd like to thank all my wonderful teachers who got me through this, you guys are the real MVPs

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
I know these are rough times and may seem not worth it, but trust me, it really really is! This is your future that you are building within these years, be smart about it

Which college/university are you going to?
Northern Arizona University

What do you plan to study?
Nursing (BSN)


Kylee B. Quarnberg

Fruita Monument High School

Kyle R. Remmenga

Palisade High School

Brooklyn A. Reuwsaat

Fruita Monument High School

Izabelle N. Rogers

Central High School .

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
Spending time with my section during marching band season!!

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
I would like to thank my parents for their support and my friends who made it all worth it!!

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
Enjoy it while it lasts!!

Which college/university are you going to?
Brigham Young University

What do you plan to study?
Nursing/medicine


Mia I. Rubinstein

Palisade High School .

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
Winning the spirit bone as a senior during spirit week for homecoming

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
I would like to thank my mom and dad and my little brother, Bailey

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
Find a good balance between being able to succeed in school and having fun. You will only be this young once and as much as it is important to get good grades and study, it is also important to make memories that you will be able to look back on.

Which college/university are you going to?
Colorado Mesa University

What do you plan to study?
Criminal Justice


Mckenzie H. Rutkowski

Fruita Monument High School .

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
My favorite high school memory was mountain biking and hiking with my friends. One day I went mountain biking with my friends and it was a lot of fun. I also really enjoyed one cross country practice where I ran 9 miles on Mary's Loop in Loma, Colorado.

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
I would like to thank my parents and family members for always supporting me and being there for me. I appreciate everything they do and I strive to be like them someday.

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
Volunteering is a wonderful way to get out and help your community. Also knowing how to deal with challenges that comes your way is important as well.

Which college/university are you going to?
University of Colorado at Boulder

What do you plan to study?
History and Education with a minor in psychology


Isabela N. Sanchez

Grand Junction High School

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
Varsity soccer with the most amazing teammates.

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
My parents of course and also every single teacher who took the extra step in making my education the best it could be.

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
Enjoy everything while you can because you never know when a virus can take away the rest of your spring semester.

Which college/university are you going to?
Colorado Mesa University

What do you plan to study?
Musical Theater and Psychology


Chloe M. Schrader

Palisade High School .

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
My favorite high school memory was walking off the field after the 2019 Marching Band State Championships Finals performance; our highest-scoring performance of all time. Everyone was radiating an incredible sense of pride and accomplishment, and I remember being on the verge of tears thinking of how hard we had worked and how far we had come. We have always been a tight-knit band family, but we were exceptionally proud of one another and closer than ever as a family in that moment.

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
I would love to thank God, my family, my friends, and my teachers for supporting me throughout IB and my extracurricular activities. I am blessed to be surrounded by many wise and kind individuals who have given me guidance and friendship over the years!

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
Make time in your schedule to be with friends and family, social interaction is a wonderful thing!

Which college/university are you going to?
The University of Denver

What do you plan to study?
I plan to major in music, take a pre-medical track, and minor in Spanish and leadership.


Morgan A. Sellden

Palisade High School .

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
My favorite memory of high school is becoming league champions with my volleyball team!

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
I would like to thank my parents, my sister, and my grandmother for always supporting me as well as the wonderful palisade staff and administration!

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
Do your work but don't forget to have fun and enjoy it!

Which college/university are you going to?
University of Denver

What do you plan to study?
Mathematics and Economics


Tatum Settje

Mesa Valley Community School

Makenna M. Shaw

Palisade High School

Annika L. Sisac

Grand Junction High School

Sage M. Skinner

Grand Junction High School .

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
I don't really have a favorite memory but I will always be thankful for all of my teachers, my friends, and my family that supported me.

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
I'd like to thank the sidewalks for keeping me off the streets. (And thanks to my mom and dad.)

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
Take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way because you never know what your future holds.

Which college/university are you going to?
University of Colorado Boulder

What do you plan to study?
Environmental Studies


William J. Smardo

Fruita Monument High School .

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
My favorite high school memory was when we won league for swimming my Freshman year and the whole team was jumping of the diving boards, even the Coach who was wearing a suit.

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
My parents, Jack and Elizabeth Smardo

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
It's okay to just relax sometimes. School is important, but you can still do well without school always being your number one priority.

Which college/university are you going to?
University of Denver

What do you plan to study?
Undeclared


Autumn B. Smith

Fruita Monument High School

Grace J. Smith

Fruita Monument High School .

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
All the time a spent with my friends.

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
My parents, for pushing me to do my best but still supporting me no matter what grades I got.

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
Work hard, and be nice.

Which college/university are you going to?
University of Colorado, Boulder

What do you plan to study?
Creative Writing and Business


Taygen D. Smith

Palisade High School .

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
debating with my friends in break rounds at nationals in 2019. I couldn't have asked for a better team or friends to spend that week with.

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
I am so grateful for having supportive friends and family that have helped me push myself to be my best in class, debate, work and life. I've had so many incredible teachers over the years that have improved my education greatly. I also want to thank my mentors at the Palisade Fire Department who i've worked with for two years that have taught me so much.

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
continue the things you're passionate about! enjoy the time you have doing the things you love in high school because that makes the experience significantly better. if you love it, it's worth it.

Which college/university are you going to?
Colorado State University

What do you plan to study?
Chemical and Biological Engineering


Noah J. Snodgrass

Grand Junction High School

Alexandria G. Sowell

Palisade High School .

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
My favorite high school memory is having tea time in Mr Simpson's math class every day. We even continued the tradition once a week virtually through Zoom.

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
I would like to thank my family, specially my parents for supporting every step of the way with their unconditional love.

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
Enjoy everything in the moment because you never know when everything will be taken away by a worldwide pandemic.

Which college/university are you going to?
Northern Arizona University

What do you plan to study?
I'll be majoring in elementary education with a minor in math in the honors college


Parker C. Stacy

Grand Junction High School

Cassandra L. Stahlecker

Fruita Monument High School .

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
Leaving, Haha!

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
Mom, Dad, and Noah, thank you for everything you have done for me. Thank you for cheering me on even when I was going through difficult times. I would not be where I am if it were not for the sacrifices you all have made. Mama and Papa, thank you for always being there for me. You both helped calm me when I was on the verge of giving up. I miss you very dearly, Papa. I will always carry the advice you have given me in my heart. To Shihan, you have taught me things about life that nobody else could have and for that I am very grateful. Lastly, I would like to thank Mrs. Pearce, Mrs. Anderson, Mrs. Hayward, and Mrs. Ludwig for helping me through this season of my life. Though it might not seem like it, your words of kindness have helped motivate me through some of the toughest parts of my life.

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
Nothing worth while comes easy in life. Work hard and it will be worth it in the end.

Which college/university are you going to?
University of New Mexico

What do you plan to study?
Criminology


Asa G. Steele

Palisade High School

Sydni E. Stoffel

Fruita Monument High School .

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
Playing soccer has definitely been the highlight of highschool for me! I loved playing with my team and being surrounded by them. Those memories are irreplaceable and I would not have wanted to spend my highschool years with any other group of girls!

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
Most of all my Family for their undying support in every single one of my decisions as well as anyone who has ever had an interaction with me because that makes me better, I can learn and grow from everyone and that I am thankful for!

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
Always keep you goals in mind and never lose track of them, they give you a sense of directions and sometimes as a generation that's all we need to succeed!


Nora E. Storer

Fruita Monument High School

Heidi M. Tannous

Fruita Monument High School

Kyra E. TerLouw

Grand Junction High School

Noah J. TerLouw

Grand Junction High School .

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
My favorite memory of high school is not one specific memory, but the comradery of Academic Team. Having a coach that i was connected with, in addition to many of friends being on the team was the best part of high school for me.

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
I'd like to thank my parents, Benj and Rachael, for all the support they've given me over the years, and I'd like to thank my siblings, Mickey and Hailey, who are the best siblings I could ask for.

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
My advice is to set yourself up with friends and teachers that help you succeed. If they want to help you succeed, it makes your job significantly easier to do. You also have people you can turn to when you need them, instead of trying to forge friendships in your time of need. Having supportive friends and teachers makes high school so much easier.

Which college/university are you going to?
Colorado School of Mines

What do you plan to study?
Chemical Engineering


Christian P. Torchia

Fruita Monument High School

Derek J. Van Why

Fruita Monument High School

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
Giving the speech at the “opening” or dedication of the new commons.

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
Mom and Dad, The Lord Almighty, my 3 little brothers and my girlfriend for making me who I an

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
Do what's right always, especially after you've done something wrong. Do the next right thing

Which college/university are you going to?
The University of Denver

What do you plan to study?
International Business and Accounting


Morgan A. Veek

Fruita Monument High School .

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
My favorite high school memory is when I was told I was voted as a team captain for the softball team. It was so neat to see how much all of my hard work had paid off and it was so great to be there for the girls and for the coaches. I loved every second of it.

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
I would like to thank my family. My parents and siblings have supported me through everything. They have been by my side through thick and thin; the good days and the bad. They have pushed me to be the person I am today. I would also like to thank all of my teachers I've had throughout the years. I have learned something from each one of them and each one of them have helped me in some way get to where I'm at today.

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
Please don't take anything for granted. Live life to the absolute fullest. Join that club. Try out for that team. Audition for that play. Don't be afraid to put yourself out there. As a senior who's time in high school was unexpectedly cut short, this is the biggest lesson I've learned. You never know when the last time is your last. So don't stress about the little things. Work hard and really enjoy your time in high school. It's supposed to be the best time of your life. So live it up.

Which college/university are you going to?
Colorado Mesa University

What do you plan to study?
PreMed


Melissa N. Weber

Fruita Monument High School .

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
My favorite high school memory is my state marching band trip my junior year.

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
It's kind of cliché, but I'd like to thank my friends, family, and teachers for helping me throughout high school.

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
Try to finish as much homework as you can during the school day and other classes

Which college/university are you going to?
The University of Notre Dame

What do you plan to study?
ACMS and Economics


Anna L. Weiland

Fruita Monument High School

Lance T. Whitesides

Fruita Monument High School .

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
Watching the Junction versus Fruita soccer game this fall with all my friends.

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
My Mom and Dad, my sister Lindsey, my brother Seth, and (of course) the boys for whom Saturdays are allocated.

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
Challenge yourself to do more than you think you can.


Aliya A. Wilcox

Palisade High School

Chloe S. Williams

Fruita Monument High School .

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
I loved dancing for the poms team. I especially loved my senior year when we placed second in the state!

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
I'd like to thank my family for always pushing me to try my hardest and work to achieve my goals. I'd also like to thank my team and my coach for always being so supportive and loving to me.

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
Work hard now and it'll be worth it in the future! Dedicating yourself to these four years will pay off in the long run!

Which college/university are you going to?
Duke University

What do you plan to study?
Neuroscience on the Pre-Med Track


Joseph P. Williams

Fruita Monument High School

Miles S. Willis

Grand Junction High School

Varonika D. Wilson

Palisade High School

Michael J. Winward

Fruita Monument High School

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
Talking to Ira in the library

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
Parents, all my FMHS teachers, and friends

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
Make sure that you make your voice known to district - there have been so many issues that have gone unresolved in the four years I've attended HS.

Which college/university are you going to?
BYU

What do you plan to study?
Undeclared


Vivian M. Wyckoff

Grand Junction High School

Nova N. Yu

Palisade High School .

What are your plans for after graduation?
Attending college/university

What is your favorite high school memory?
My favorite high school memory is my senior year homecoming football game. When it was announced that our class had won the spirit bone, we popped confetti poppers into the air, and it was such a fun experience to have with my classmates!

Consider this your Oscars/Grammy/Emmy acceptance speech. Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
First, I would like to thank my family for being the most constant and consistent support system. I would also like to thank my close friends for making my high school experience memorable, and for being my motivation. Finally I would like to thank all the teachers that have helped me get to where I am now. My senior year of high school has truly taught me how valuable the art of teaching is, and I appreciate all that they have done for me and my classmates.

Do you have any advice for fellow students still in school?
It is important to explore your passions and interests, and become aware of your strengths and weaknesses to succeed.

Which college/university are you going to?
Colorado College

What do you plan to study?
I am planning on majoring in economics!


Margaret O. Zachary

Fruita Monument High School
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