Graduation coming up for 14 Snowmass students
It’s time to be on your way.
The Aspen High School class of 2016 graduates on June 4, and in honor of the occasion, the Snowmass Sun has interviewed the 14 Snowmass Village seniors walking with the class.
Their activities include sports, service clubs, National Honor Society, student government, and of course, the ExEd program. And their future plans are taking them all over the country and world.
A dual-sport athlete, Noah Ahumada played football in the fall and baseball in the spring. His favorite memories spring from school trips.
“All the school trips I’ve been on bring some sort of good … or not so good,” he said. “Memories!”
Ahumada’s future plans are pretty unique: He’s traveling to Brisbane, Australia, and taking part in a business internship for six months this fall.
Anna Belinski is what you would call a well-rounded teenager. In addition to participating in cross-country, basketball and nordic skiing, she has been Head Girl (president of the student senate), vice-president of the junior class, president of the Earth Group and Aspen for Haiti Club, and co-president of the Circle of Friends Club. She also is a member of National Honor Society, the Folk Group, the A Capella Club and the Astronomy Club.
ExEd ranked high among her favorite experiences from high school. But Belinski said her teachers will also be a favorite memory.
“They are all so spectacular and care so much about their students and who they are as people as opposed to just what grade they get,” Belinski said. “I developed a real relationship with every teacher I’ve had at AHS.”
Belinski is off to Gonzaga University this fall, majoring in Environmental Studies. She received the Regents Scholarship for Academic Achievement from Gonzaga as well as the Ute Mountaineer, Student Leadership Dan VanDomelen award, and the Aspen Chapel Spirit award.
Hunter Bryant is highly involved as well, running track and cross-country, skiing for the nordic team, and participating in the aviation and engineering clubs.
“My favorite memories are from sporting events with friends, such as the Homecoming game, or watching our hockey team at the ARC,” Bryant said.
Bryant is off to the University of Southern California Jimmy Iovine & Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology, and the Business of Innovation.
Marissa Buchholz will attend Duke University this fall.
Her extracurricular activities have included varsity basketball and varsity tennis. She was awarded Academic All State from CHSSA and received the Aspen High School two-sport Scholar Athlete award.
Buchholz is graduating with an International Baccalaureate diploma and is a member of the National Honor Society.
Courtney Cox had not responded as of press time.
Elizabeth De Wetter
Elizabeth De Wetter was a member of the Varsity Speech and Debate Team and Varsity Tennis all four years of high school. She also played cello in the Roaring Fork Youth Orchestra and saxophone in the high school band and jazz band.
De Wetter also gave back to the community by starting a recycling program at the Snowmass Rodeo, participating in the Snowmass Chapel youth group and volunteering at Aspen Valley Hospital.
Many of her favorite memories come from spending time with her peers in band, debate tournaments and tennis matches.
“The ExEd programs I participated in also compose some of my favorite memories — as nothing can replace enjoying the outdoors with new friends,” De Wetter added.
De Wetter is attending the University of Colorado at Boulder next fall and plans to study political science. She has been selected for the honors program and Presidents Leadership Class. She also will play alto saxophone in the Golden Buffalo Marching Band.
De Wetter is the recipient of the Presidents Leadership Class scholarship, Esteemed Scholars Award, and local scholarships from the Aspen Elks Lodge, the Buddy Program, and the Aspen Chapel.
Luca Doehling had not responded as of press time. The Snowmass Sun also did not receive his photo.
Kelsey Fitzgerald has been highly involved in athletics all through high school, playing softball, ice hockey, lacrosse, and running cross country. She has also been active in community service, volunteering for events and organizations throughout the valley such as the Shining Stars Foundation and the health career club at Aspen Valley Hospital.
“My favorite memories from high school are definitely those from ExEd,” she said. “I had four very different and very unique opportunities that I will never forget!”
With her experience in health and athletics, Fitzgerald wants to be an athletic trainer. She is attending Baylor University and plans to stay active by participating in intermural and club sports.
Arley Gordon has been involved in everything from community service to clubs to sports during high school. But the thing that rises to the top is soccer: Gordon played all four years and was named captain her senior year.
Like a lot of Aspen High graduates, Gordon’s favorite memories came out of ExEd.
“ExEd gave me the most incredible opportunities to meet new people, challenge myself physically and mentally, and gave me something to look forward to every year!” Gordon said. “In addition, my time playing soccer was so amazing and some of my favorite memories.”
Gordon is studying psychology at CU Boulder this fall. She received the Haley Rinaldi Soccer Memorial Scholarship, Snowmass Village Community Foundation Scholarship, and the Neshama Center/ Ditto Dreman Memorial Scholarship.
Davis Henschel is a big-mountain skier, but he also played golf, volunteered for the Buddy Program and earned a spot in the National Honor Society.
Henschel’s favorite memories from high school also come from ExEd, particularly his trip to Havasupai Waterfalls.
“In addition, traveling with the varsity golf team to play Torrey Pines is something I will never forget,” Henschel said.
Henschel is joining the College of Engineering at CU Boulder this fall. He received a scholarship from the Snowmass Village Community Foundation.
Dana Mielke had not responded as of press time.
A well-rounded athlete, Tristan Niskanen played basketball, baseball, and football at Aspen High School. But Niskanen had great memories from ExEd with his classmates, too.
“ExEd was one of the best things in high school,” Niskanen said. “Other than sports, ExEd ranks really high.”
Niskanen is attending the University of Miami this fall and plans to study English.
Triston Payne had not responded as of press time.
Zac Storm’s resume includes a lot of sports as well, primarily lacrosse, soccer and football.
Taking home the state trophy for lacrosse was a memorable experience for Storm.
“My favorite memories are hanging out with my friends and winning a state championship,” he said.
In fact, lacrosse is in Storm’s future, too. He’s playing Division 1 lacrosse at Wagner College next year.
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