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San Juan Outdoor Club awards two scholarships

Two Pagosa Springs High School graduates have been chosen to receive the 2012 San Juan Outdoor Club scholarship awards.

The students chosen have expressed a strong interest in promoting conservation and environmental awareness in their chosen professions. Those selected are Zach Graveson, receiving a $1,000 scholarship, and Seth Hansen, also receiving a $1,000 scholarship.

Zach Graveson

Zach is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys sharing his recreational activities with others. In addition to skiing, backpacking, hiking, trail running, ice climbing and mountaineering, he is a competitive mountain bike racer. Zach has volunteered extensively, from teaching computer classes to adults to helping promote the GECKO (Giving Every Child Knowledge of the Outdoors) organization.

Last year, he was awarded a scholarship to go on a 33-day Leadership Course with the National Outdoor Leadership School. He backpacked through the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming in adverse weather conditions, learning both leadership techniques and outdoor skills.

He plans to attend Fort Lewis College and pursue a major in environmental geology. His ultimate goal is to help develop renewable energy resources.

“I look forward to one day using my degree in geology to keep the beautiful places I have grown up in like Pagosa Springs and New Zealand as pristine as possible by looking at methods in geoscience to responsibly develop alternative energy resources.”

Seth Hansen

Seth plans to major in chemical engineering at the Colorado School of Mines, then go to medical school. His goal is to become a doctor of radiology and a biochemical engineer. His skills will help him to design and build better ways to scan the human body for injuries.

His outdoor activities include skiing, hiking, bicycling, snorkeling, swimming and water skiing. He has been a member of 4-H for six years, is a member of the cross country and track teams, Health Occupation Students of America and Future Business Leaders of America. His volunteer activities include various food drives, serving as Youth Chairman for Relay for Life, and participating in Operation Helping Hand. In addition, Seth has earned a first-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Having grown up on his parents’ ranch, Seth has learned many skills that will help him reach his goal to improve the overall health of the community so that people will have more time to enjoy the outdoors and help to maintain and improve the environment.

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