Nine seniors benefit from Bill Perusek Memorial Roping event
Nine area graduated high school seniors have received scholarships from the 7th annual Bill Perusek Memorial Roping event, which was conducted May 15. This year’s event drew almost 600 teams at the Church Barn Indoor Arena, north of Greeley.
Bill Perusek spent more than 32 years as Colorado Livestock Inspector, most of them as supivisor of the Greeley office of the Colorado Brand Board. During those years, he touched the lives of a lot of people, and young people had a special spot in his heart. Perusek was 64 when he died of cancer on Nov. 20, 2003, about two months after he was diagnosed. The roping event was started by friends and family the following year.
That event has grown to more than 75 sponsors including those in agriculture, business and individuals, and it is those sponsors, said Barb Perusek, Bill’s widow, that have made it possible to increase the number of scholarships each year. Since its inception, more than $38,000 in scholarships have been awarded to nearly 40 high school seniors.
This year’s recipients:
• Angelena Carolyn Adamski of Ault, Colo., a graduate of Pawnee High School in Grover, Colo., had a grade-point average of 3.9. She served on the school district’s accountability committee and was involved in Pawnee’s musical studies department, where she was a teaching assistant her senior year. She also was involved in sports, Knowledge Bowl, National Honor Society and other school and community activities. She plans to attend the University of Colorado at Boulder to pursue a degree in international affairs with a double minor in history and Italian.
• Emilia Ann Cintora of Ault, Colo., a graduate of Eaton High School, had a GPA of 4.039 and was ranked fifth in a class of 108. She was a member of the Key Club, student council, was her class president and president of the National Honor Society. She also was involved in athletics and the school newspaper, and volunteered with different organizations in the area. She plans to go to the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs to earn a nursing degree.
• Shelby Cochran of Windsor, Colo., a graduate of Windsor High School, had a GPA of 3.857. She played volleyball and participated on the swim team and was highly active in the school’s FFA chapter as the chapter’s secretary and president, and she was president of the Cache la Poudre FFA District. She plans to attend Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colo., to pursue a nursing degree.
• Kelsey Helzer of Bennett, Colo., a graduate of Weld Central High School in Keenesburg, had a GPA of 4.234 and was ranked second in a class of 137. She was active in the student council and other leadership roles, was manager of the high school basketball team for four years, and was active in several community and volunteer activities. She obtained an associate’s degree before her high school graduation. She plans to attend Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Ariz., or San Diego State University in San Diego to become a Certified Public Accountant.
• Emily Lindly of Cheyenne, Wyo., a graduate of Cheyenne Central High School, had a GPA of 3.938 and was ranked 43rd in a class of 390. She was a member of the National Honor Society, the varsity tennis team, her school’s green club, and volunteered for Special Friends, Habitat for Humanity and the Rosebud Indian Reservation, among others. She plans to attend the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyo., to pursue a science degree with a goal of becoming a pediatric dentist.
• Cameron Meusch of Greeley, Colol., a graduate of Greeley Central High School, had a GPA of 4.087 and was ranked 14th in a class of 345. He was involved in football, basketball and was a member of the National Honor Society, as well as being involved in several community and volunteer activities. He plans to attend Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo., and earn a degree in landscape horticulture.
• Michael Moore of Greeley, Colo., a graduate of Dayspring Christian Academy in Greeley, had a GPA of 3.759. He was involved in student government, music, baseball, football, basketball and track. He served as a volunteer with several different organizations in fundraising, including helping to build a church foundation in Costa Rica last spring. He plans to attend CSU, to obtain certification as an EMT and eventually attend medical school.
• Lindsey Murphy of Greeley, Colo., a graduate of Northridge High School, had a GPA of 4.332 and was ranked first in a class of 285. She was involved the school’s student council, National Honor Society, played on the tennis team and was a member of the Northridge Theatre Co. and Thespian Troupe. She also volunteered at Northridge, other Greeley-Evans School District 6 schools and in the community. She plans to attend the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colo., where she will pursue a degree in chemical engineering.
• Sarah Spaur of Milliken, Colo., a graduate of Roosevelt High School in Johnstown, Colo., had a 3.913 GPA and was ranked 11th in a class of 162. She was involved in her school’s Future Business Leaders of America, the marching and concert bands, Knowledge Bowl, student council and National Honor Society. She also was the volunteer pianist at her church and was involved in several other school and community activities. She plans to attend Moody Bible Institute in Spokane, Wash., and will pursue a degree in business administration.