GCHS seniors receive awards, scholarships before graduation
by Jeff Richards
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Rod Petty presents Rod Benders scholarship awards to Donna Snow and Linda Minor during Grand County High School’s annual senior awards night on May 29. Photo by Jeff Richards
Rod Petty presents Rod Benders scholarship awards to Donna Snow and Linda Minor during Grand County High School’s annual senior awards night on May 29. Photo by Jeff Richards
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Grand County High School seniors received scholarships and numerous other awards last week, during the school’s annual senior awards night. The program took place in the GCHS auditorium on May 29, the night before graduation.

Community scholarships awarded were as follows: Wang Organization: Alexis Solis ($1,500), Morgan Dalton ($750), and Kamron Call ($750); Wang Organization on behalf of Moab City Police: Hailey Taylor-Johnson ($1,500); Wang Organization on behalf of Grand County Sheriff’s Office: Aaron Lewis ($1,500), Wang Organization on behalf of Moab Valley Fire: Kaden Stocks ($1,500); Wang Organization on behalf of Grand County Search and Rescue: Mikenzee Nelson ($1,500); Alpha Rho Betty Dravage Memorial: Nikysha Harmison ($300); American Legion Post 54: Morgan Dalton ($500); American VFW Post 10900: Jordan Dolphin ($500); Rod Benders: Donna Snow ($500) and Linda Minor ($500); B.P.O.E. (Elks Lodge): Mary Rice ($500), Donna Snow ($400), and Sarah Quigley ($300); Canyonlands Natural History Association: Paige Hass ($1,500); Canyonlands Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation: Amanda Sheets ($1,000), Cory Farnsworth ($500), and Dalon Bradshaw ($500); Moab Area Chamber of Commerce: Elijah Sheets ($1,500); Emery Telecom: Kris Kemp ($1,000) and Cassie Lema ($1,000); Grand County Community Service: Kamron Call ($1,000); Intrepid Potash: Nikysha Harmison ($1,000) and Hailey Taylor-Johnson ($1,000); Matt Relph Memorial: Linda Minor ($1,000) and Jordan Dolphin ($500); Moab Regional Hospital: Madisen Camps ($1,500); Red Rock 4-Wheelers: Torrie Lopez ($2,000) and Jordan Dolphin ($2,000); Rotary Club: Alexis Solis ($2,000); April Action Car Show (Rotary): Trystan Warpness ($1,000); Southeastern Utah Title Company: Morgan Dalton ($500) and Preston Walston ($500); and St. Francis Episcopal Church: Sarah Quigley ($1,000).

Mary Rice also received the Daughters of the American Revolution’s “Good Citizenship Award.” Rice and Maren Larsen were also recognized by GCHS Principal Stephen Hren for being National Merit Scholarship finalists.

A number of graduating seniors also received scholarships and tuition waivers. The school’s regional Sterling Scholar winners and runners-up were joined by several of their classmates in receiving full or partial tuition scholarships from various universities, colleges, and other learning institutions.

The GCHS academic department heads also presented certificates to outstanding seniors. Larsen was named the outstanding senior in English, while Morgan Dalton and Macrae Olsen shared the honors in math. The social studies department recognized Donna Snow and Aaron Lewis as its outstanding students, while Jessica Pyatt and Brandon Collins were named the top art department students. In addition, the following students were recognized for outstanding achievement in foreign language: Cory Farnsworth, Donna Snow, Janeth Codina, Aaron Lewis, Preston Walston, Maren Larsen, and Dalon Bradshaw.

More than a dozen students were recognized by the Career and Technical Education (CTE) department for demonstrating 80 percent or better proficiency on various skills certification tests.

Carly Dalton and Wesley Rodda were named GCHS Athletes of the Year, with Amanda Sheets and Preston Walston earning runner-up honors. GCHS activities director Ron Dolphin also presented “Raise the Bar” sportsmanship awards to Morgan Dalton, Aaron Lewis, Kamron Call, and Linda Minor.

Doyle Irvine received the “Wings” award for 2013, given annually to the student who most diligently supports his or her fellow class members, as voted on by the members of the class.

Receiving “Block G” awards for top academic performance (highest GPA) were Kamron Call and Morgan Dalton, both of whom had perfect 4.0 averages. Maren Larsen was named the best all-around female student by the GCHS faculty, while Aaron Lewis was named best all-around male student. Larsen was also honored as the class valedictorian, and Call was honored as salutatorian. Both Call and Larsen spoke at the Class of 2013’s commencement ceremony the following evening.

Also honored during the program were longtime GCHS Spanish teacher Lin Kolb and special education teacher and debate coach Boyd Bryan, both of whom are retiring. Hren also recognized teaching assistants Lori Hall and Megan Macomber, who are leaving the GCHS staff. Next year’s students of the year, juniors Adam Jenkinson and Deanna Irvin, were also recognized during the program.

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