WALSENBURG/LA VETA- San Isabel Electric Association held its 20th annual scholarship awards dinner honoring valedictorians and salutatorians from high schools in the SIEA service area. In conjunction with its power suppliers, the local electric cooperative awarded $24,000 in scholarships. Locally, Shawn Dieckman and Bernadette Mc Donald of John Mall High School and Zane Stenberg and Shelby Morgan, La Veta High School, were each awarded a $1,000 scholarship.
The $2,000 Basin Electric Power Cooperative/San Isabel Electric Association scholarship was awarded to Aimee Hart of Aguilar High School. Tri- State Generation and Transmission awarded two $500 scholarships to Deidra Montoya of Trinidad High School and Haley Sheldon of Branson School in Branson, Colorado. SIEA contributed $1,000 to the Tri-State scholarships, increasing the value to $l, 500 per scholarship.
Additionally, the San Isabel Electric Board of Directors awarded 17 scholarships valued at $1,000 each to the other students as follows: Aaron Dalrick, Aguilar High School, Bethany Dilda, Branson School, Garrett Danielson and Ashley Maniscalco, Hoehne High School, Catherine Jimenez and Shelby Choate, Holy Trinity Academy, Timothy Fernandez and Ryan Kitchen, Primero High School, Rachel “Reggie” Gaide and Zachary Ferguson, Pueblo West High School, Samantha Vargas and Chelsea Law, Rye High School, Joshua Dasher and Joslyne Lovelace, Southern Colorado Early College and Grace Ballek, Trinidad High School.
Parents, principals, and counselors were on hand to congratulate the winners. Reg Rudolph, general manager of SIEA, stated, “San Isabel Electric is proud to support the higher education aspirations of these outstanding young people. They represent the best of the best and we are pleased to reward them for their academic excellence and wish them much success in their future endeavors.”
The banquet was held on May 6, 2010 at John Mall High School in Walsenburg with catering provided by the Iron Horse Restaurant.