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  1. 1. Thursday, May 22, 2014 Page 3The Chronicle-News Trinidad, Colorado Education Special to The Chronicle-News San Isabel Electric Association, Inc., in conjunction with its power suppliers, an- nounced awarding $16,000 in scholarships during the 24rd Annual Scholarship Ban- quet. The local electric cooperative hon- ored valedictorians and salutatorians from seven high schools in the SIEA service area. Locally, the San Isabel Electric Board of Directors awarded scholarships valued at $1,000 each to the following local high school students: Jordan Coffman and Issac Torres (Hoehne High School); Tressa Kin- nison and Roxann Quezada (Primero High School); and Chelsea Rhodes and Nicholas Ruybalid (Trinidad High School). Aguilar High School and Holy Trin- ity Academy did not participate in the 2014 scholarship program. The banquet was held on May 1, 2014 at John Mall High School in Walsenburg. Par- ents, principals and school officials were on hand to celebrate with the winners. Reg Ru- dolph, general manager of San Isabel Elec- tric, gave the address for the evening and congratulated the academic standouts on their achievements. Photo courtesy of San Isabel Electric Association, Inc. San Isabel Electric Association 2014 Scholarship Program Recipients are (back, from left to right) Emma Miles, Isaac Torres, Jordan Coffman, Tressa Kinnison and Jacob Caughfield; (middle, l-r) Sabrina Eccher, Gabrielle Potter, ShyAnna Henninger and Hannah Baumann; (front, l-r) Amy Valle- jos, Chelsea Rhodes and Roxann Quezada. Not pictured: Samuel Ambler and Nicholas Ruybalid. San Isabel Electric awards $16,000 in scholarships to local graduates Special to The Chronicle-News Superintendent Brad Caldwell and the SchoolBoardofBransonSchoolDistrictRE- 82 congratulate the district’s third graders, who as a group improved their test scores in reading skills on state assessments this year, with 93.7 percent of the district’s third graders scoring proficient on their reading tests. Statewide, Colorado third graders as a whole scored 71.5 percent proficient and advanced. Branson School District recognizes that emphasizing reading and reading compre- hension is critical to student success in all other subject areas. Teachers in both of our district schools have strived to advance reading skills in kindergarten through graduation. The results of the district’s third graders this year highlight the ben- efits of that emphasis. To see how all of the districts and schools in Colorado performed, go to this link on the Colorado Department of Education website: prelimgrade3-embargo2014. READING SCORES Branson students excel Steve Block / The Chronicle-News THS Student Council members honored . . . Student Council members from Trinidad High School were recently honored at an awards cer- emony at Trinidad Middle School. Pictured, from left to right, are Michael Guadagnoli, assistant high school principal, Louise Terry, student council advisor, and student council members Andrea Lopez-Medina, Donielle Quintana and Nick Ruybalid. Special to The Chronicle-News The very popular sum- mer program College for Kids will once again intro- duce children to the wonders of the world this summer on the campus of Trinidad State Junior College. College for Kids runs each Thursday for six weeks begin- ning on June 12 on the Trinidad State Campus. It’s limited to the first 50 students who register each week. Thanks to donations from various sponsors the pro- gram will still be free to area children, ages 7 to 11. The first day of fun and learning runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes two ses- sions, plus a free lunch for students. The 9 a.m. session is called “Life in Colorado Water.” Young people will examine water from a local stream and use a microscope to see what’s living in it. They will also explore what kinds of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and fish depend on these critters that are too small to see. The 1 p.m. session will delve into the world of an- cient art. The Trinidad/Raton area is home to many works of art left on can- yon walls by those who lived hundreds or even thousands of years ago. Students will make their own petroglyphs, paint us- ing various colors of soil and weave using “yarn” provid- ed by plants and animals. These sessions were designed by the Office of University Outreach at CU- Boulder and the CU Museum of Natural History, respec- tively. This summer College for Kids is co-sponsored by the Raton Recreation and Edu- cation Council. Raton Parks and Recreation Director Jared Chatterley said he’s “very much a fan of the pro- gram.” This summer 25 of the 50 weekly spaces will be reserved for young people from Raton. Registration will open Friday at 8 a.m. on June 6 for the June 12 workshops. Call Josephine at 719-846-5474 to register. Free College for Kids program returns to TSJC this summer Photos courtesy of TSJC Students enjoy summer learning experiences at the 2013 TSJC Free College for Kids program held on the school’s campus. Photo courtesy of Greg Boyce / TSJC Congratulations GED Grads . . . The Adult Education Center at Trinidad State Junior College honored 28 students on May 15 for their GED accomplishments (General Educational Development) over the last year. Shown here are 14 students who participated in the formal ceremony. In the front row, from left to right, are Louise Barker, Marcus Trujillo, Stephanie Erb and Vera Gonzales; middle row, (l-r) are Noelle Intveld, Franklin Intveld, Donna Hoffman and Lionel Lucero; and back row, (l-r), Carrie Reed, Breann Nichols, Jennifer Berry, Kitana Yepez, Thomas Lara and David Daugherty. LEARNING CAN BE FUN!