Kaylee Fitzwater receives Michael Maestas Memorial Scholarship


By Lori Lucero

Special to The SUN

Kaylee Fitzwater is the recipient of the Michael Maestas Memorial Scholarship this year.

This scholarship was established in memory of “Mikie” Maestas, who was killed in a car accident in 2006.  Mikie was a young man with a passion for the outdoors.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and snowboarding, as well as the sport of rodeo.  Wrestling was also a very important part of his life; he wrestled from peewee wrestling all the way through his high school varsity years.

Kaylee is planning on attending Colorado Mountain College, in Glenwood Springs, and plans to graduate with a veterinary technician degree.  Her many years participating in 4-H and rodeo, as well as the time she has spent volunteering at a local veterinary clinic, show that she clearly has a passion for working with animals.  She is currently the president of the inaugural FFA chapter that began at Pagosa Springs High School this year and credits 4-H as having a lot to do with improving her public speaking skills, as well as teaching her the responsibilities of owning an animal and giving it the proper care.

Congratulations to Kaylee Fitzwater.