Holyoke, CO

Grads announce plans, scholarships

Holyoke graduating seniors of the Class of 2022 earned a total of $1.3 million in scholarships and grant money. Those honors and their future plans were announced at the graduation ceremony Sunday, May 15, at the Holyoke JR/SR High gymnasium. Jose Ayala plans to continue working as a farmer and...
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16 to compete at state track

Throwers Lauren Herman, Correy Koellner to defend state titles. Sixteen Dragon tracksters will be representing Holyoke at the 2A state track and field championships Thursday-Saturday, May 19-21, at Jefferson County Stadium in Lakewood. “I’m excited because we had a lot of events qualify,” said coach Corey Koberstein, noting that several...
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Haxtun Relays included SO Events

The recent Haxtun Relays, hosted by the Haxtun School District at the Holyoke track, was well-attended by all sorts of track and field competitors, organizers, and fans. Included in the competition were also five Special Olympic Athletes. Jared Anderson, Haxtun track and field coach, brought back the Haxtun Relays after...

Peekin' into the Past

Deputy J.R. Myers began his duties at Phillips County Sheriff’s Office on May 8, which brings the department back up to full force. Phillips County commissioners received a letter from Irv Halter, executive director of the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, awarding Phillips County $550,000 in Energy Impact Assistance funds toward the Phillips County Fairgrounds Pavilion and Education Center project.

The future looks bright

From the Dragon’s Wagon Preschool graduation Thursday, May 12, to the Holyoke High School commencement Sunday, May 15, community members can be excited about Holyoke’s future. At top, high school graduate EV Vasquez hugs a relative from Denver. during the rose presentation at the JR/SR high school gymnasium....

46 seniors cross graduation stage

Friends, family and community members witnessed 46 seniors graduate at the Holyoke JR/SR High School gymnasium on a beautiful afternoon Sunday, May 15. Superintendent Kyle Stumpf welcomed the large crowd, and counselor Ashley Clayton announced that there were not one, not two, but three co-valedictorians for Holyoke High School’s Class of 2022.

Perez chosen as May senior

Sophia Perez of Venango, daughter of Anita and Ignacio Perez, has the honor of being May’s Senior of the Month. Perez graduated May 7 from Perkins County High School. Throughout her years at PCHS, Perez has been involved in band, yearbook, musicals, one acts, Quiz Bowl, speech, TeamMates, journalism and art.

RE-1 Valley School Board approves salary schedules, pay increases

The RE-1 Valley School Board took care of a number of salary related issues at a special meeting Monday. While many of the items had been brought to the board’s attention previously during presentations by Glenn Gustafson, who has been helping the district with its finances on an ex-officio basis, they had not yet taken official action on them as they first needed to see if the district would be able to balance its budget for next year.

EDITORIAL: Congratulations graduates and retirees

Beginning last weekend and over the course of the next couple of weekends, area high school and college graduates will mark the end of one chapter and the start of a new phase of their life. For some faculty and staff at those schools, the ceremonies will mark the beginning of retirement.

Holyoke plays Wray, Limon in tri

Baseball teams from Holyoke, Wray and Limon met up in Wray on May 14 for a triangular. The Dragons played in the first two games of the day. Wray beat Holyoke 21-1 in three innings, and Limon won 10-5 in seven innings. Holyoke 1, Wray 21. The first game of...
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Fleming High School says farewell to 11 Wildcats

A future pharmacist, athletic trainer, welder, lineman, farmer and nurse are among the graduates of Fleming School, all of whom are sure to have a bright future. The school’s 11 graduates were recognized at a commencement ceremony Sunday that started with the graduates entering the gym to the traditional “Pomp and Circumstance” and an invocation by Harry Harms gave the invocation. Natali Boerner then delivered the welcoming address, thanking friends, loved ones, teachers, administrators, coaches, advisors and Fleming community members for all of their support, noting that because of them “we can now be certain we are ready to enter this new and exciting chapter in our lives.”

Dear Solomon, what is a reputation worth?

The old adage, “You can’t judge a book by its cover” is typically very true, but the public does indeed judge a book by its cover. Pay attention the next time you walk through one of the few remaining bookstores or even the book aisle of a local retailer. The bestselling authors have their names in big, bold letters on the cover and probably their picture if they are photogenic enough, while lesser known or unknown authors’ names are in much smaller print with the title or the cover art being designed to catch your eye.

Area Class 1A Track Roundup

Cool, wet, windy weather conditions early last week caused some changes to the schedules of the area track programs, leading to a very busy weekend for most of the athletes. The LPAA/YWKC league meet, originally scheduled for competition in Wray last Wednesday had to be moved back to Saturday, with a change in venue, to Holyoke.

Around Town

An account for Lenny and Peggy Rafert has been set up at the Holyoke Community Federal Credit Union for anyone wanting to help defray expenses after Lenny’s accident. Speech therapist Troy McCulley is teaching a free class called “Aging and Cognition: What’s Normal and What’s Not” on Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m. at Sunset View. Everyone is welcome, and no registration is required.

Thompson, Andersen first-team all conference

The Holyoke girls golf team placed all four individuals in the top 15 of the NECO conference tournament and claimed the team title for the third time in five years. Emma Thompson finished on top of the leaderboard May 9, winning by two strokes over Washington County’s Kendall Velder, 93-95.

Teachers excited for new science resources at Holyoke School District

On behalf of the Science Resource Committe, four local teachers presented information on new science materials at the regular meeting of the Holyoke School District Board of Education on Tuesday, May 3. The committee has spent months researching resources that would be good purchases for K-12 science classes and that...