Class Notes: SSHS senior Lorin Paley named teen of the month

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Steamboat Springs High School senior Lorin Paley was named the Optimist Club's Teen of the Month for October.

Paley won two gold medals in the junior women's division of the U.S. in the Telemark World Championships held in the spring in Kreischberg, Austria. She also placed second in the U.S. Telemark National Championships held in the spring in Steamboat. Paley also is a member of the high school's varsity tennis team, being named to the Academic All-State team as a sophomore and junior.

In the classroom, Paley boasts better than a 4.0 grade point average and was ranked second in the senior class at the beginning of the year.

After graduating from high school, Paley hopes to be accepted to a selective four-year college and continue Telemark racing.

Hayden High alumnus is new Army ROTC graduate

John E. Yager, a 2006 graduate of Hayden High School, completed the Army ROTC Development and Assessment Course at Fort Lewis in Tacoma, Wash.

Yager, a University of Colorado at Boulder student, completed the course that provides training in all aspects of military life, administration and logistical support. Cadets complete the course in their junior or senior years. After graduation from college and completion of the course and ROTC program, cadets are commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army, National Guard, or reserve.

He is the son of Monica A. Yager, of Hayden.

Hayden students collect clothes for Africans in need

Hayden Valley Elementary School completed a successful three-day clothing drive last week to benefit schoolchildren in Africa whose village was ravaged by a flood in September.

Led by the school's student council - third- through fifth-graders - the students collected 1,156 pounds of clothing that will be shipped to a school in Burkina Faso, Africa.

Student Council member Tyler Hockaday, a fifth-grader, said the students wanted to make a difference.

"Grown-ups could have done it, but we decided to," he said.

Student Council sponsor Sally McCormick, who had worked with the school in Africa in the past, helped the students organize the clothing drive. She said they would be shipped at no cost to the elementary school through a woman she knows in Denver.

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