Mark Guerrero is the first Routt County student in four years to receive the Alpine Bank Hispanic-Latino Scholarship. Guerrero moved to Steamboat a year ago from Dallas, Texas.
He was awarded the scholarship during a luncheon May 21 in Grand Junction. It pays for tuition, fees and books for as much as $2,200 for the next two years.
Kristi Brown, owner of Cantina Mexican restaurant in Steamboat Springs, where Guerrero works, wrote him a letter of recommendation. Guerrero said he had to write an essay and was interviewed for the scholarship May 1. He found out a few days later that he won it.
“To tell you the truth, I was kind of speechless,” he said. “I don’t know how to feel. I’m the third in my family to go to college and the first in my immediate family to get a scholarship.”
Adonna Allen, president of Alpine Bank in Steamboat Springs, said the bank’s scholarship program was created 14 years ago. In that time, she said the bank has awarded 126 scholarships, including 13 this year.
“Steamboat doesn’t always have a lot of applicants,” Allen said. “We were thrilled we had such a great applicant in Mark.”
With the scholarship, Guerrero said he wouldn’t have to worry about working as much to pay for school. He plans to study business management and finance at Colorado Mountain College before eventually transferring to Colorado State University.
Steamboat’s Kelsey Butler awarded Optimist honor
Kelsey Butler, a Steamboat Springs High School senior, was named the Optimist Teen of the Month for April.
Butler has been a four-year member of the girls volleyball team. She also has played lacrosse and tennis since her sophomore year. At the high school, she has participated in Future Business Leaders of America, Teen Council, Honor Council, Link Crew and choir. Butler has volunteered for El Pomar Youth in Community Service, Partners in Routt County and as a member of National Honor Society.
As a dancer, Butler has participated in the high school’s annual Dance Showcase and in Steamboat Dance Theatre productions. She served as artistic director for the Dance Showcase as a junior and has been a choreographer for the production for the past three years.
When she’s not in school, Butler enjoys snowboarding, dancing, singing, trying new and exciting things and spending time with her friends.
Butler hasn’t decided what she will study in college, but she hopes to attend Willamette University in Salem, Ore., or Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla., in the fall.
No school Memorial Day for Steamboat students
All Steamboat Springs School District students will be out of school Monday for Memorial Day. The last day of school for Steamboat students is Friday.
The school years for the Hayden and South Routt school districts concluded last Friday.
School lunches for Routt County districts this week
There is no set menu for lunches in Steamboat Springs School District schools next week. Instead, it will be chef’s choice Tuesday through Friday.