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By Sandy Artzberger
Special to The SUN
For the fifth year, the Archuleta County Republican Women have awarded the Mojie Adler $1,000 Scholarship to a Pagosa Springs High School senior. This year’s recipient was Zachary Ellis. He read his winning paper at the June 10 ACRW meeting and received a standing ovation.
One of the individuals who wrote a letter of recommendation for Zachary, said, “What sets him apart from his top achieving classmates is his completion of every upper level PSHS course. Additionally, rather than take the regular class options, he also completed all the offered PSHS honors courses.”
In addition, Zachary’s multiple accomplishments include: serving as junior class president; president of the school’s honor society; member of the Future Business Leaders of America; organizer of the school’s recycling program, coordinating student help and working closely with teachers and staff to establish the first sustainable recycling program at PSHS; recipient of the Colorado School of Mines Medal of Achievement in math and science; awarded the DAR Good Citizens Award; named Outstanding Male Student of the senior class; plus earned a four-year letter in cross country and a three-year letter in field and track. Some of us remember his performance in the play “Hairspray.”
Inspired by the Wounded Warrior Project, Zachary has decided to seek a dual major in biomedical engineering and mechanical engineering, which will prepare him to develop prosthesis and other devices to preserve and restore mobility in the wounded and injured. He would like to work with the Wounded Warrior Project or a similar organization that helps those who have lost a limb either on the battlefield or here at home. Because CSU offers a dual major program, our recipient applied to them for admission and has been accepted into their honors program.
Zachary has informed us that he was honored to vote for the first time this last week. Our nation will be in good hands with young people like Zach.