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  • Writer's pictureCarrie Zimmerman

Center of Focus

May 21, 2023



Focus on the Fabulous


One more week to go! Our seniors are on their senior trip to sunny Arizona! They will be back in time for their graduation next Saturday morning! Exciting times for these students! Speaking of exciting times, we had another week packed full of amazing achievements, fabulous events, and noteworthy accomplishments!



The week started with the end-of-year band concert! Our 5th-grade students, middle schoolers, and high school students performed their hearts out on Monday night with fun tunes from the cartoon universe, from Looney Tunes to the Flintstones!





Mr. Noriega directed the fan-favorite songs with gusto and the audience found themselves singing along to the familiar tunes.








Once again, Javier Ramos- Baca was the Master of Ceremonies and he did an excellent job announcing each piece and the composer.



HS students were awarded their Varsity Band letters as a special acknowledgment for their hard work and dedication to the band program and their musical talents. The night ended in fine fashion with the CCSD fight song! You could hear the team spirit in the air as we all sang along- Blue and White, fight fight! Go Vikings Go!



Tuesday night we honored our high school scholars at the annual High School Evening Awards coordinated and hosted by Adele Alfson. This is always a special night of recognition as our high school students receive awards, scholarships, and academic honors. Ms. Alfson always goes the extra mile making the event a night to remember. We are also very appreciative of our generous donors and organizations that, year after year, attend the event and recognize our students with benevolent awards. Congratulations to all of our high school scholars and a special thanks to our supportive partnership organizations.





Outstanding Junior Boy & Girl – Harold and Margaret Rominger

Colorado Masons - Harold is a past Master and Past Worthy Patron of Bethlehem OES

Order of Eastern Star - Margaret is Past Worthy Grand Matron for the State of Colorado,

Outstanding Junior Boy – Jordan Duran

Outstanding Junior Girl – Arazeliz Garcia




Kiwanis Scholarship – Don &Janet Noland- Leadership and service to the community

Jenice Almeida - $1000

Kamryn Garcia - $1000

Giselle Molina - $1000

Cael Ruggles - $1000

Arleth Villalobos - $1000



Adams State University- Shania Maestas

Jenice Almeida – Grizzly Partner - $3200

Vice President’s Merit Scholarship - $1000

Woodard Memorial Scholarship - $5188

Samantha Arellano - Grizzly Partner - $3200

President’s Merit Scholarship - $3000

Alexia Badachi - Grizzly Partner - $3200

Gerardo Bolanos - Grizzly Partner - $3200

Miguel Casanova - Grizzly Partner - $3200

Molly Chavez - Grizzly Partner - $3200

President’s Merit Scholarship - $3000

Michael L. Lester Scholarship - $665

Porter Scholarship - $1000

Kamryn Garcia - Grizzly Partner - $3200

Kelly Gardea - Grizzly Partner - $3200

President’s Merit Scholarship - $3000

Spud Bowl Scholarship - $1000

Alan Gonzalez - Grizzly Partner - $3200

Daniela Gonzalez - Grizzly Partner - $3200

Mark Maldonado - Grizzly Partner - $3200

Vice President’s Merit Scholarship - $1000

Larry & Janice Reed Scholarship - $3000

Ricardo Maldonado-Chavez - Grizzly Partner - $3200

Roselyn Mejia - Grizzly Partner - $3200

Vice President’s Merit Scholarship - $1000

Karl & Marvel Keck Scholarship - $1500

Giselle Molina Valadez - Grizzly Partner - $3200

President’s Merit Scholarship - $3000

Porter Scholarship - $1000

Grant Hurley Memorial Scholarship - $1500

Joaquin Moreno - Grizzly Partner - $3200

Alicia Pedro-Lopez - Grizzly Partner - $3200

Karl & Marvel Keck Scholarship - $1500

Cruz Reyes - Grizzly Partner - $3200

Cael Ruggles - Grizzly Partner - $3200

President’s Merit Scholarship - $3000

Porter Scholarship - $1500

Larry and Janice Reed Scholarship - $3000

Arleth Villalobos - Grizzly Partner - $3200

Vice President’s Merit Scholarship - $1000



Extended Studies & Concurrent Enrollment – Renae Haslett

Pins for taking concurrent courses through Adams State- Jenice Almeida, Samantha Arellano, Alexia Badachi, Miguel Casanova, Molly Chavez, Kamryn Garcia, Kelly Gardea, Daniela Gonzalez,

Giselle Molina, Alicia Pedro-Lopez, Cael Ruggles,Arleth Villalobos



Migrant Education/CAMP Scholarship – Diana Morales

Approximately $7000- Daniella Gonzalez, Alicia Pedro Lopez, Cael Ruggles, Kelly Gardea, Alan Gonzalez


Society of Women Engineers – Stephanie Archuleta- Outstanding in the areas of math and science

Alicia Pedro Lopez

Alexia Badachi



Principal’s Scholarship – Nicole Neufeld

Samantha Arellano - $500

Cael Ruggles - $500

Viking Athletic Association Scholarship – Nicole Neufeld

Cruz Reyes, $1000

Will Weatherford Scholarship- Cael Ruggles



Outstanding Academic Achievement – Nicole Neufeld/Debra Lujan

3.5 Cumulative GPA- Arazeliz Garcia, Shayla Thompson, Sonya Maez, Cael Ruggles, Samantha Arellano, Kelly Gardea, Molly Chavez, Cheyenne Martinez, Ahyari Fimbres Navarro, Jesus Valadez-Felix, Noah Swanson, Julian Maldonado, Willa Seesz-Sanchez, Jordan Duran, Giselle Molina-Valadez,

Arleth Villalobos, Daniela Gonzalez, Dulce Gonzales-Rodriguez, Mark Maldonado, Ciara Paez, Gia Hammel


Center Educators Association – Ms. Susan Banning's announcement

Valedictorian and Salutatorian will receive a small scholarship


Make A Difference Scholarship – Susan Banning- From Biel Crop Consulting

Kelly Gardea - $500

Jenice Almeida - $350

Alicia Pedro-Lopez - $350


Skeff Scholarship – Carrie Zimmerman

Alexia Badachi - $500

Joaquin Moreno - $500

Daniela Gonzalez - $500

Kamryn Garcia - $500

Arleth Villalobos - $500



McCormick Scholarship – Carrie Zimmerman

Alicia Pedro-Lopez - $1087


Wednesday evening Center School’s first-ever Certified Nursing Assistants were recognized and honored in their pinning ceremony! We had five young ladies who, through hard work and determination, accomplished the goal of becoming CNAs. Congratulations to Willa Seez-Sanchez, Ciara Paiz, Yulisa Maldonado, Arazeliz Garcia, and senior Alexia Badachi for being the first-ever CNA graduates from Center School District! We are proud of you! Thanks also to our district nurse, Wendy Murillo, for her hard work in getting this program in place for our students. It took a lot of time and energy and is a huge accomplishment for our students and our district! Way to go ladies!


Thanks to our amazing nursing team, our district is able to provide these opportunities for our students. Randi Asbell, our district nurse, does an amazing job of providing our students with the supports and services they need.

Randi and Wendi make a great team so that our district can provide comprehensive health and wellness services and education to our students and staff!


How it started....



How it's going...


We have another action-packed week ahead of us! Buckle up for the last week of the school year!

Fast Forward

Calendar Dates


Monday, May 22nd- National Junior Honor Society Ceremony


Tuesday, May 23rd- HS Transition Parent Night


Wednesday, May 24th- MS Awards, 5th Grade Continuation, Kindergarten Continuation, 8th Grade Continuation, Special Board Meeting


Thursday, May 25th- Last Day of School for Students, Field Day, Town Meeting


Friday, May 26th- End of Year Celebration, Last Day for Staff


Saturday, May 27th- CHS Graduation


Monday, May 29th- Memorial Day


Saturday, June 3rd- ARC Graduation


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