canada africa partner reservation Keeping an eye on the books: Cyclones level up, take Colorado eSports title in ‘Mario Kart’

Keeping an eye on the books: Cyclones level up, take Colorado eSports title in ‘Mario Kart’

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Pueblo West High School received its first eSports championship from the Colorado High School Activity Association (CHSAA) after a team of Cyclone students defeated Rocky Mountain High School in Mario Kart on May 2.

Members of the 2023-24 state championship-winning Pueblo West Mario Kart Varsity team include Austin Gill, Bradley Johnson, Alexander Price, Ayres Ritchey, Mason Stanley and Jesse Wardle. They are coached by computer teacher Curtis Dunford.

The Cyclones reached the state finals after defeating Mario Kart teams from Northfield High School, Wray Junior Senior High School, Fossil Ridge High School and Discovery Canyon Campus School in a 32-team playoff tournament.

Cyclones coach Curtis Dunford (left) celebrates the Mario Kart state championship win with student competitors Alexander Price, Austin Gill, Bradley Johnson, Ayres Ritchey, Jesse Wardle and Mason Stanley.

Cyclones coach Curtis Dunford (left) celebrates the Mario Kart state championship win with student competitors Alexander Price, Austin Gill, Bradley Johnson, Ayres Ritchey, Jesse Wardle and Mason Stanley.

Rocky Mountain High School, which defeated the Cyclones in the championship last year, failed to secure a second straight title. The Cyclones defeated them 3-0.

Centennial High School student receives coveted Boettcher and Hurliman scholarships

Pueblo Centennial High School seniors Sam Francis, left, and Jacob Welte conduct research during the state speech and debate tournament at Pueblo Central High School on Friday, Feb. 23, 2024.Pueblo Centennial High School seniors Sam Francis, left, and Jacob Welte conduct research during the state speech and debate tournament at Pueblo Central High School on Friday, Feb. 23, 2024.

Pueblo Centennial High School seniors Sam Francis, left, and Jacob Welte conduct research during the state speech and debate tournament at Pueblo Central High School on Friday, Feb. 23, 2024.

Jacob Welte, a senior at Centennial High School, has been named one of only 50 recipients of the Boettcher Foundation Scholarship statewide. Welte also receives a Hurliman Scholarship – an award given to exceptional students from Pueblo, Custer and Fremont counties.

Welte will study psychology at the University of Denver. He is passionate about addressing mental health issues in youth and aspires to become a clinical psychologist after college, according to Pueblo School District 60’s Facebook page.

Boettcher scholars will receive a total of $80,000 over four years. According to the Hurliman Scholarship Foundation website, Hurliman scholarships can be valued at up to $30,000 per year.

Students from five local elementary schools and the Pueblo Children's Chorale shared the stage during the Pueblo Elementary Choir Celebration on May 9, 2024.Students from five local elementary schools and the Pueblo Children's Chorale shared the stage during the Pueblo Elementary Choir Celebration on May 9, 2024.

Students from five local elementary schools and the Pueblo Children’s Chorale shared the stage during the Pueblo Elementary Choir Celebration on May 9, 2024.

Five schools and Pueblo Children’s Chorale join forces during Pueblo Elementary Choir Celebration

Students from Pueblo School District 60 and Pueblo County School District 70 showcased their talents May 9 at Colorado State University Pueblo’s Hoag Hall.

The Pueblo Elementary Choir Celebration included 220 students representing Cedar Ridge Elementary, Fountain International Magnet School, Minnequa Elementary, North Mesa Elementary, Pueblo Children’s Chorale and Rye Elementary.

Incoming and graduating Kane Scholars recognized by CSU Pueblo

Nine new CSU Pueblo students have been announced as recipients of the Kane Family Foundation Scholarship – an award that covers tuition, books and fees for students pursuing a bachelor’s degree.

The new Kane Scholars include Lluvia Alvarado of Central High School, Josiah Barela of Central High School, Olivia Gates of Otero Junior College, Jazmin Gomez of Pueblo Community College, Emma Harry of Pueblo Community College, Katelyn Huskins of Rye High School, Caren Rosetta from Pikes Peak State College, Kylie Smith from Pueblo County High School and Emily Whitley from Rye High School.

The nine incoming scholars were recognized at the 2024 Kane Scholarship Reception on May 7. Eleven graduating Kane scholars were also recognized during the reception.

Graduate Kane scholars from CSU Pueblo include Faith Bueno, Tara Butler, Kyle Jackson, Liam Kohl, Christina Marggraf, Whitney Monter, Leighton Pacheco, Mayra Plascencia, Kayla Redwing, Katherine Stangier and Cameron Valdez.

Pueblo Community College ’24 graduates include nearly 300 high school students

Nearly 300 high school students have received degrees or certificates from Pueblo Community College’s Fremont and Pueblo campuses through participation in concurrent enrollment programs.

Eighty-three concurrent enrollment students received an associate’s degree during PCC’s commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 9. In addition, a total of 299 certificates were awarded to students with concurrent enrollment.

In total, the 1,349 graduates of PCC’s Pueblo and Fremont campuses have earned more than 1,700 degrees and certificates as of May 9. This includes 34 bachelor’s degrees.

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Pueblo Chieftain reporter James Bartolo can be reached at [email protected]. Support local news and subscribe to The Pueblo Chieftain at subscribe to chieftain.com.

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