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Focus on the Fabulous

May 16, 2022

On Monday, May 9th, Center High School held the annual HS Evening Awards. Adele Alfson, our HS counselor, does an amazing job putting this event together each year. We are thankful to all of the generous organizations, families, and universities that gave generously to honor our students. More than $150,000 was awarded to our students by generous donors. The list of all the awards, recipients, and donors is listed at the end of the COF. These students are setting out on the right foot! Congratulations to each of them.













Thursday, our students took part in the last ICAP of the year. It’s always impressive to see the great work that is being done in our district in regard to Post-Secondary and Workforce Readiness. Our district is one of the best in the state, thanks to the hard work of our staff! I had the privilege of sitting in on senior exit interviews. Our students did an incredible job presenting their electronic portfolios that included their stories, accomplishments, scholarships, essays, future goals, and financial next steps. The students shared heartfelt stories about the challenges they have faced and the strategies they used to overcome those challenges. It was an honor to listen to their stories and be a part of this process. Our students are entering the next phase of their lives with the skills and knowledge to go out and be successful in all that they do!






We got to see evidence of that when some of our alumni came back to share with our current students.



Later in the day, our seniors spoke to middle school students and gave them words of advice.


CHS 2022 Evening Awards

Kiwanis Scholarship –Don & Janet Noland

Deisy Estrada-Majalca - $1000

Yamileth Trejo-Chaparro - $1000

Alexis Varela - $1000

Kiwanis Jim Miller Scholarship – Don & Janet Noland

Mica Garcia - $1000

Outstanding Junior Boy & Girl – Karen & Dusty Little

Cael Ruggles

Karina Maez

Patricia Lucero Memorial Scholarship – Mike Roque

Deisy Estrada Majalca - $1000

Adams State University – Russell Shawcroft

Victor Almeida – Grizzly Partner - $3200

Rafael Bolanos – Grizzly Partner - $3200

Vice President’s Merit Scholarship - $1000

Santos Cruz-Giron - Grizzly Partner - $3200

Abraham Echauri - Grizzly Partner - $3200

Deisy Estrada-Majalca - Grizzly Partner - $3200

Larry & Janice Reed Scholarship - $3000

Raul Gonzales-Rodriguez - Grizzly Partner - $3200

Daniel Gutierrez - Grizzly Partner - $3200

Hector Hernandez - Grizzly Partner - $3200

Omar Hernandez-Mendoza - Grizzly Partner - $3200

Karen Holguin-Guzman - Grizzly Partner - $3200

Vice President’s Merit Scholarship - $1000

Stephane Molinar-Almeida - Grizzly Partner - $3200 Marian Baughn Sims Scholarship - $2000

Yahiy Quintana - Grizzly Partner - $3200

Yamileth Trejo-Chaparro - Grizzly Partner - $3200

Vice President’s Merit Scholarship - $1000

HAPPSS Ed Scholarship - $750

Lorraine Young Memorial Scholarship - $3000

Woodard Memorial Scholarship - $732

Alexis Varela - Grizzly Partner - $3200

Vice President’s Merit Scholarship - $1000

Charles Willis - Grizzly Partner - $3200

Priscila Zapata-Chavez - Grizzly Partner - $3200

Vice President’s Merit Scholarship - $1000

Porter Scholars in Math & Science – 1000

Matthew Miller Scholarship - $900

Woodard Memorial Scholarship - $3778

Spud Bowl Scholarship - $2000



Extended Studies & Concurrent Enrollment – Renae Haslett

Victor Almeida

Abraham Echauri

Judah Harrington

Mica Garcia

Omar Hernandez-Mendoza

Karen Holguiin Guzman

Yahiy Quintana

Alexia Varela

Priscila Zapata Chavez


College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) – Genesis Escalon & Kaylee A. Gomez

Priscilla Zapata - $4700

Daisy Estrada - $4700

Santos Cruz-Giron - $4700

Omar Hernandez-Mendoza - $4700

Karen Holguin - $4700

Yahir Quintana - $4700

Stephane (Fani) Molinar - Almeida - $4700

Aexis Varela $4700

Trinidad State College – James Kynor

Hector Hernandez – Franklin D. Azar Scholarship - $500

Yahiy Quintana – Alex Eccher Scholarship - $250

President’s Scholarship – ($938.40, each)

Karen Holguin Guzman - $938.40

Yahiy Quintana - $938.40

Yamileth Trejo-Chaparro - $938.40

Alexis Varela - $938.40

Rafael Bolanos - $938.40

Merit Scholarship – ($469.20, each)

Mica Garcia – $469.20

Raul Gonzalez - $469.20

Deisy Estrada-Majalca - $469.20

Omar Hernandez-Mendoza - $469.20

Jaelin Padilla - $469.20

Priscila Zapata-Chavez - $469.20

Learn Local Scholarship – ($469.20, each)

Victor Almeida - $469.20

Rafael Bolanos - $469.20

Elizabeth Chavez - $469.20

Abraham Echauri - $469. $469.2020

Deisy Estrada-Majalca - $469.20

Mica Garcia - $469.20

Raul Gonzales-Rodriguez - $469.20

Hector Hernandez - $469.20

Omar Hernandez-Mendoza - $469.20

Stephane Molina-Almeida - $469.20

Jaelin Padilla - $469.20

Yahiy Quintana - $469.20

Yamileth Trejo-Chaparro -$469.20

Alexis Varela - $469.20

Charles Willis - $469.20

Priscila Zapata-Chavez - $469.20

Science Fair Awards – Stephanie Archuleta

Selah Harrington

Society of Women Engineers – Stephanie Archuleta

Excellence in science and mathematics

Hayle Larimore

Sonya Esmyiah Maez

Principal’s Scholarship – Kevin Jones

Yahiy Quintana – $500

Yamileth Trejo-Chaparro – $500

Viking Athletic Association Scholarship – Kevin Jones

Alexis Varela - $1000

Western Colorado University – Kevin Jones

Priscila Zapata-Chavez – East Merit Award, $2500 per year

Yamileth Trejo-Chaparro – Slate Merit Award - $3500 per year

Yahiy Quintana – Slate Merit Award - $3500 per year

Center Educator’s Association Announcement – Susan Banning

Valedictorian - $200

Salutatorian- $100


Biel Make a Difference Scholarship – Susan Banning

Deisy Estrada - Majalca - $300

Yahiy Quintana - $400

Yamileth Trejo-Chaparro - $500

McCormick/Roesch Scholarship – Carrie Zimmerman

Elizabeth Chavez - $500

Hector Hernandez - $500

Skeff Scholarship – Carrie Zimmerman

Priscila Zapata-Chavez - $500

Jaelin Padilla - $500

Stephanie Molinar-Almeida - $500

Will Weatherford STARS Memorial Scholarship – Katrina Ruggles

Deisy Estrada-Majalca - $500

Yamileth Trejo-Chaparro - $500

Center Service Scholarship – Adele Alfson

$1000 – Yahiy Quintana

$500 – Deisy Estrada-Majalca

$500 – Yamileth Trejo-Chaparro

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