Congrats, high achievers |

Congrats, high achievers

Dear Editor:

It was my pleasure to once again be the Trashmasters scholarship presenter (our 20th anniversary) at the Aspen High School Scholarship Awards Ceremony on May 11 at the Wheeler Opera House.

By now everyone knows that US News and World Report has ranked AHS as the No. 1 high school in Colorado and one of the top 60 out of 22,000 in the entire country!

While that might not be “news” to anyone in this community, it is no less a significant achievement. While perusing the student applications, essays, test scores, sports accomplishments and community-outreach efforts (just for the Trashmasters), it is no wonder these 80 young men and women have earned esteemed rankings.

My wholehearted congratulations to the school board, administration, teachers and counselors for a job well done. I also want to especially recognize the students themselves and their dedicated parents for all the honors they have received and deserve.

And while I’m in a good mood and passing out accolades, the 60 or so individual and corporate scholarship donors who came up with more than $300,000 in awards are to be recognized and applauded. Because of you, many young people will be heading off to college without the extra burden of added book purchases or meal-program invoices – or perhaps any tuition at all!

And last but not least, Emily Weingart, Aspen High School counselor, should be acknowledged as the go-to person for organizing the whole event. She pulled off another wonderful evening on top of her already hectic springtime schedule at the high school! Way to go, Emily! Herding us presenters is like corralling wild horses, especially people like Willard and me.

Best wishes and good luck to the graduates and everyone involved in the rearing of this special AHS class of 2012.

Joe Farrell

Snowmass Village

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