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5Point Adventure Film’s Dream Project announces 2019 scholarship winners

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Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Carbondale’s adventure film event 5Point Adventure Film Festival announced the winners of the Dream Project scholarship program Monday. The program is celebrating its 10th year.

The program offers outstanding high school students from Aspen to Parachute the chance to explore their own personal boundaries and dreams.

The seven students that best exemplify 5Point Film’s five guiding principles — purpose, respect, commitment, humility and balance — will receive a $1,500 scholarship to embark on an opportunity to follow their passion and actualize a dream.

Previous recipients of the grant have undertaken projects including leading a youth backpacking trip in the Roaring Fork Valley, starting a peace garden at a local high school, shadowing writers in New York City, teaching soccer in Puerto Rico, kayaking and working to prevent malaria in Uganda.

This year’s 5Point Dream Project winners, along with a provided description of their project, are:

Ella Beck — A senior at Colorado Rocky Mountain School, Beck will be using her Dream Project funding to travel to rural Nepal, where she will be working with the Oda Foundation’s Women’s Empowerment Team. Her focus will be on breaking down the stigmas surrounding menstruation in poor, rural communities by helping distribute sanitary products.

Isaac Musselman — A sophomore at Basalt High School, Musselman used his passion in aeronautics to educate and inspire others by creating an aviation and space club, which will include work with drones and rockets, guest speakers and astronomy nights, among other things. In addition, he will work to bring an aviation curriculum into the Roaring Fork School system.

Beverly Patton — A junior at Roaring Fork High School discovered her passion for writing and poetry when Aspen Words poets visited her school, and she learned a powerful new way to express her voice. Her dream is to share her love of poetry by teaching a weekly, semester-long poetry class to local middle school students.

Emily Northrup — A senior at Basalt High School, Northrup will be using her Dream Project funding to purchase her own cello, which will allow her to pursue her dream of becoming a music educator when she attends Brigham Young University in the fall.

Molly Hancock — A junior at Glenwood Springs High School, Hancock will be channeling her love of horses into creating a documentary about the Riding Institute for Disabled Equestrians (RIDE), an equine therapy program for developmentally and physically disabled children and adults.

Carla Soto — A junior at Basalt High School, Soto, who cares deeply about immigration and art, will be traveling to El Paso, Texas, where she’ll use her passion for photography to bring awareness to immigration issues arising from current border policies.

Three additional students, Eli Li, Chloe Gonzalez and Sarah Teague, made history by applying for their Dream Project jointly. This dynamic force will be headed to Denver to work with Urban Peak, an organization serving homeless youth. In addition, they will be investigating what legislators are doing to address the issues of homelessness and extreme poverty in the United States.

Throughout 5Point Film 2019, taking place April 25-28, Dream Project recipients since 2009 will be honored through events and programming over the festival weekend, including a reception, a Dream Project retrospective exhibition, and an award ceremony for the 2019 recipients.

The scholarships are made possible through support from community partnerships with Timbers Resorts, Alpine Bank, Amore Realty, Colorado Office of Film Television & Media, Poss Architecture + Planning and Interior Design, and 2757 Design.