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San Juan Outdoor Club awards 2010 scholarships

Three Pagosa Springs High School graduates have been chosen to receive the 2010 San Juan Outdoor Club scholarship awards.

The three students have expressed a strong interest in promoting conservation and environmental awareness in their chosen professions.

Those selected are Emily Greer, receiving a $2,000 scholarship; Michael Gallegos, $1,500; and Dustin Anderson, $1,500.

Emily Greer

Emily has held several leadership positions, including Student Council President, as well as offices in 4-H and FBLA. She has also served as a counselor at two different summer camps and as Girl Talk leader.

Sports are an important part of her life. She enjoys skiing, hiking, rock climbing, long distance running, camping and swimming. She has participated in cross country and track and field.

She has performed in and helped to direct several theater productions, but her passion is film production. The film “Pirates of the Sea” about the efforts to save whales influenced her decision to major in film production. She wants to “make films that mean something.”

Michael Gallegos

Michael plans to major in wildlife biology at Colorado State University and fulfill his dream of becoming a game warden with the Colorado Division of Wildlife. He wants to “help the environment and make sure that people keep it safe and clean.” He will be the first in his family to graduate from college.

His outdoor activities include hunting, fishing, running, hiking and mountain biking. He has participated in cross country and track and field all four years of high school.

He has been a member of National Honor Society for four years and has worked on many community projects, as well as volunteering at the Humane Society and the elementary school. He plans to continue to maintain the environment and contribute to the community by volunteer service “because the earth is a gift, it sustains us.”

Dustin Anderson

Dustin will major in civil engineering at Colorado School of Mines. “From designing and maintaining waste water systems to handling and solving erosion problems, this career choice has a strong impact on environmental situations.”

He enjoys hiking and hunting and is especially involved with the Youth Hunter Education Challenge. He played soccer all four years of high school and was Most Valuable Player two years in a row.

He has helped with Operation Helping Hand and Habitat for Humanity. As one letter stated, Dustin is “dependable, consistent and a strong leader for other students.”