Choice Pass Star Students

"The Choice Pass Program recognizes these students as exceptional students," GCSAPP Program Coordinator Michelle Elias said.  "We want to celebrate them in our community and for being part of the Choice Pass program."

April 22, 2015

Skylar Klemme, 12-year-old daughter of Gloria Beim & Erik Klemme, was nominated to be featured as Star Choice Pass Student by ORSCH founder Jackie Burt.Skylar Klemme Image

“Skylar is an exceptional young lady,” Ms. Burt offered. “She is kind and thoughtful, and she is dedicated to school, athletics and friends. Skylar is loving, accepting, cheerful and thinks of others above herself. Skylar is a driven and motivated student. She loves to collaborate with others, and she consistently puts forth her best. Skylar is also a talented and dedicated athlete. She skis through the winter and plays soccer when the sun shines. Skylar Klemme is simply a lovely person all around.”

Skylar said she will definitely sign up for the Choice Pass again, because signing the drug-free pledge helps her to make smart decisions in her life.

“The Choice Pass encourages kids to make smart choices,” she shared. “Plus, we get educated about the dangers of these substances.”

Congratulations for being chosen as a Star Choice Pass Student, Skylar!

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Gage McPhail, 12-year-old son of Stacy & Eric McPhail, was nominated by ORSCH founder Jackie Burt to be featured as Star Choice Pass Student.

“Gage shines daily with exceptional work ethic and a love for learning,” Ms. Burt shared. “Gage is also a model citizen. Gage works hard every moment of every day, never wasting a moment. He yearns to use his mind and his incredible critical-thinking skills. Gage has taken on a teaching role at school, conducting a weekly art class attended by his peers. In addition to his day to day achievements, Gage is a model citizen. He speaks up for justice, peace, and improvements within his community, while being a genuine friend to all. Gage is a highly valued member of his community.”

Gage said he likes the Choice Pass because it teaches kids a lot about why it’s good to be drug-free.

“The Choice Pass is helpful to kids,” he shared. “Being drugfree is good for your health, plus the Pass gives great discounts on things around town.”

Congratulations for being chosen as a Star Choice Pass Student, Gage!

April 8, 2015

Cooper Wiens, son of Dave Wiens & Susan deMattei, was nominated to be featured as Star Choice Pass student by Gloria Waggoner, Gunnison High School student leadership teacher. Cooper is a junior at GHS. Cooper Wiens Image

“Cooper is an excellent student who fully engages in the classroom and shows a sheer joy of learning,” Mrs. Waggoner said. “Cooper is also very involved in the outdoors and in GHS sports, a high performer in Cross Country and Track & Field. Cooper has a kind spirit and has been known to go out of his way to concern himself with other students who need a helping hand.”

Cooper shared his thoughts about the benefits of signing the drug-free pledge for the Choice Pass.

“The Choice Pass is a great way to reward kids for making the right choices,” Cooper shared. “The rewards and perks of being a Choice Pass holder are awesome. From a very inexpensive ski pass to discounts all over town, the Choice Pass is a great deal, no matter how you slice it.”

Cooper contends that the Choice Pass definitely provides students the motivation they need to stay drug and alcohol free.

“Also, all of the perks that come with the pass are great alternatives to drugs and alcohol,” he added.

Congratulations for being a Star Choice Pass student, Cooper!

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Lilly Westbay, daughter of Cindy & Steve Westbay, was nominated to be featured as Star Choice Pass student by Gloria Waggoner. Lilly is a junior at GHS and a new member of National Honor Society.

“Lilly is an excellent student, an athlete, and in Show Choir,” Mrs. Waggoner detailed. “Lilly has a quiet but strong spirit and leads others kindly and beautifully. Lilly was recently voted by SLC as the leader they most want to emulate.”

“My favorite thing about the Choice Pass is all the opportunities it provides,” Lilly explained. “I love to go skiing, and I think it’s really great that the Choice Pass offers that to the kids of Gunnison, as well as many other interactive possibilities. This program offers a lot of chances to get involved, and I believe that’s a really important way to reach out to the youth.”

She went on to point out that she thinks signing the drug-free pledge does help to keep those involved drug free.

“I had already made a pledge to myself before this Choice Pass to do so, but signing the Choice Pass pledge also serves as an amazing way to motivate those promises and pledges,” she continued. “Signing the pledge most definitely keeps people, including myself and my friends, drug free. It’s a responsibility and a motivation.”

Lilly said she will sign up for the Choice Pass again because of the opportunities it offers its users.

“I think it’s an amazing program, and I’ll enjoy what it offers as long as it allows me to do so,” she concluded.

Congratulations for being a Star Choice Pass student, Lilly!

March 25, 2015

Ninth grader at Crested Butte Community School, Caitlin De Compiegne, daughter of Joe & Mindy De Compiegne, was nominated by Bob Piccaro, assistant principal at Crested Butte Community School, to be featured as a Star Choice Pass student. Caitlin De Compiegne

“Caitlin is very polite in everything she does,” Mr. Piccaro said. “She is a pleasure to be around.” Caitlin shared what she likes best about the Choice Pass.

“What I like most about the Choice Pass is the discounted ski pass,” she offered. “I also like the discounts at Rumor’s coffee house and Majestic Theatres. I think that signing the drug-free pledge helps me and my friends stay drug and alcohol free because we all know the consequences. We try our hardest to stay away from those things, because most of us play school sports and want to be there for our team.”

Caitlin plans to sign up for the Choice Pass again next year.

“Signing up for the Choice Pass shows my commitment to maintaining a healthy body,” she explained. “I know that I can fall under peer pressure easily, so I like to keep myself busy with schoolwork and sports. I run cross country and track, and I play basketball.”

Congratulations for being a Star Choice Pass student, Caitlin!

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Vincent Michel, a CBCS ninth grader and son of Gesa & Glenn Michel, was nominated to be featured as a Star Choice Pass student by Bob Piccaro.

“Vincent is respectful of his peers and everyone else,” Mr. Piccaro said. “He has an especially kind way about him.”

Vincent said he appreciates many of the benefits that go along with the Choice Pass.

“Mostly I like the cheap ski pass provided by the Choice Pass,” Vincent shared. “It allows me to go skiing all the time! It is fun to ski on the headwall, especially when it is a powder day and I get to spend time with my family. I am also now taking a cooking class to learn how to cook. The cooking class was sponsored by the choice pass.”

Vincent offered his opinion of the effectiveness of signing the drug-free pledge.

“The pledge provides me with knowledge to make good choices,” he continued. “It also gives us awesome opportunities to do positive things instead of doing drugs. The Choice Pass keeps me busy!”

Congratulations for being a Star Choice Pass student, Vincent!

March 11, 2015

Jayden Poole, 14-year old son of Jodi Poole and Joseph Poole, was chosen to be featured as a Star Choice Pass Student by Gunnison Middle School eight grade science teacher Renee Brekke-Abbott.Jayden Poole

Jayden is a positive role model in the middle school,” Mrs. Brekke-Abbott said. “He is dedicated to his academics as well as his friends and having fun. He works as hard in class as he does on the slopes skiing Teo Bowl and the North Face like a pro!”

I think the best thing about the Choice Pass is that I can be yourself all around town,”Jayden shared. “There are many opportunities to do what I want to do, there’s great deals all around town that I can enjoy with my friends. The Choice Pass is great because it helps my friends and myself stay drug-free. Doing drugs and alcohol is stupid, so why would you use them?”
  
Congratulations for being a Star Choice Pass student, Jayden!

Wulf Stark Image Wulf Stark, eighth-grade son of Stacy Rae & Mark Gobson, was nominated to be featured as a Star Choice Pass student by Renee Brekke-Abbott.

“Wulf’s positive energy is contagious,” Mrs. Brekke-Abbott said. “He always has a smile on his face and gets the most from every situation. In class, and on the mountain, Wulf is a leader. He is an excellent representative for the Choice Pass program!” 

“What I like most about the Choice Pass is getting to go skiing with the discounted ski pass to Crested Butte,” Wulf shared. “This brings me closer to my friends and family.”

Wulf thinks that signing the drug-free pledge in exchange for getting the Choice Pass is a good thing. “By making the commitment to stay drug and alcohol free, I get discounts and benefits to many different places,” He concluded. “And I get the accomplishment of being drug and alcohol free.”

Congratulations for being a Star Choice Pass student, Wulf!

February 25, 2015

Max Faust, son of Jim and Andrea Faust, was chosen to be featured as Star Choice Pass student by Bob Piccaro, assistant principal at Crested Butte Community School. Max Faust

“Max does well in school and Nordic and in general is kind to all his peers,” Mr. Piccaro said. “Max often flies under the radar, but he is a solid citizen in our school.”

Max is 13 and in 8th grade, and he appreciates the benefits offered by the Choice Pass.

“I really like the cheap ski pass,” Max shared. “Which things I like best about the Choice Pass is a tie between the ski pass and the free popcorn at movies.”

Max says he will definitely sign up for the Choice Pass again next year.

Congratulations for being a Star Choice pass student, Max!

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Ally Howe, daughter of Mike and Dawn Howe, was chosen to be featured as Star Choice Pass student by Bob Piccaro, assistant principal of Crested Butte Community School.

“Ally does dance, puts in her best efforts at school and is a good friends to all her peers,” Mr. Piccaro said. “Ally is a really good person who has managed to figure out that being nice to all has its rewards.”

Ally is 14 and in 8th grade at CBCS. She appreciates the opportunities provided by the Choice Pass.

“I like that choice pass rewards kids for staying drug and alcohol free,” Ally offered. “If they are drug and alcohol free, their adult hood will probably be much better. I personally like the discounted ski pass the most because we live in a ski town and I really love skiing.”

Ally thinks the drug-free pledge is beneficial to kids her age.

“I think it does influence kids in a positive way,” she shared. “My friends and I like the idea of a discounted ski pass and other cool things like that.”

Congratulations for begin a Star Choice pass student, Ally!

February 11, 2015

Flannery Sloan was chosen to be featured as a Star Choice Pass student.  Flannery Sloan

“Flannery is always eager to learn,” Gunnison Middle School seventh grade English teacher Meegan Haley said. “She engages in all activities, and is very helpful to her peers.”

“I like the fact that CBMR offers a discounted ski pass for choice pass participants, because it allows me and my friends an opportunity to ski,” Flannery offered. “Along with the ski pass, I also use the discount at Aroma Essence Skincare, because Julianne supports the choice pass too. I also plan to use it for my favorite ice cream at Third Bowl.”

Flannery believes the Choice Pass has taught her and her friends how to make good choices that show how making a good choice rewards you. She believes this will help her make good choices as she grows up into an adult.

Congratulations for being a Star Choice Pass student, Flannery!

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Sammy Vickers was chosen to be featured as a Star Choice Pass student.

“Sammy personifies what the Choice Pass stands for,” said GMS seventh grade science teacher Mary Nordberg. “He is upbeat, responsible, and has integrity.”

“I love the Choice Pass, from it helping me and my peers make good choices to getting a discount on the ski pass so my family and I can go up to Crested Butte and have a great time,” Sammy shared. “Mostly, it makes me feel happy that people I know are doing the right thing.”

Sammy said he will definitely sign up for the Choice Pass again.

“Because of the Choice Pass, I get to spend time with my friends and family and get an opportunity to go skiing,” he concluded. “Also, I like knowing that I’m making good choices that will support me in my future.”

Congratulations for being a Star Choice Pass student, Sammy!

January 28, 2015

Drew Hanks, 16-year-old son of Andy & Brooke Hanks, was chosen to be featured as a Star Choice Pass student.Drew Hanks

“Drew Hanks was nominated as a Star Choice Pass student because he is a strong leader and role model at Gunnison High School,” student leadership teacher Gloria Waggoner explained. “He volunteers his time at the elementary school every week. Drew is kind, funny, friendly, has an extremely strong work ethic and is true to his word.”

Drew shared his thoughts about the Choice Pass.

“The Choice pass is a great opportunity for students,” Drew said. “What I most like about it is that the businesses and organizations in Gunnison and Crested Butte have been so generous and willing to help support the kids in our valley. Signing the pledge is beneficial because students can commit to something that then offers them privileges and other opportunities.”

Congratulations for being a Star Choice Pass student, Drew!

Akyla Mazzuca Image Akyla Mazzuca, 17-year-old daughter of Blane Mazzuca and Katy Mazzuca, was chosen to be featured as a Star Choice Pass student.

“Akyla Mazzuca was chosen as a Star Choice Pass student because of her strong work ethic, stellar grades, and her civic minded attitude both in the school and community,” Mrs. Waggoner said. “She takes risks all the time, and she faces projects, people and attitudes head on. She has an honest approach to everything in life.”

Akyla shared her thoughts about the Choice Pass.

“What I like best about the Choice Pass is that it encourages students to stay drug free in a fun way, instead of just pounding us with facts and statistics,” Akyla said. “I think the pledge to stay drug and alcohol free is useful because it teaches students that self control is rewarded by positive things (in this case, free food or cheap ski passes). Personally, my favorite part of the Choice Pass is the discounted ski pass to CBMR.”

Congratulations for being a Star Choice Pass student, Akyla!

January 14, 2015

Avery Pulley, 16-year old daughter of Don Pulley and Grant & Julie Bremer, was chosen by the Crested Butte Community School guidance counselor, Jennifer Read, to be featured as one of two CBCS Star Choice Pass students.Avery Pulley

“At school, Avery is a volleyball player, a New Student Liaison and a volunteer tutor with Gunnison Mentors,” Ms. Read said. “She has a positive, infectious attitude and is kind to all. She is a hard worker in the classroom. Outside of school, she has volunteered with the Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum and with the Paradise Animal Welfare Society.”

Avery shared her thoughts about the Choice Pass benefits.  “The Choice Pass is a great opportunity for students, not only for the ski pass, but also for the many other options GCSAPP offers,” she detailed. “I personally love the free small popcorn at the Majestic movie theater and the small discount at Rumors Coffee House.”

Congratulations for being a Star Choice Pass student, Avery!

Catherine Washburn
Catherine Washburn, 14-year-old freshman at Crested Butte Community School, daughter of Doug & Jan Washburn, was chosen by CBCS guidance counselor Jennifer Read to be featured as one of two CBCS Star Choice Pass students.

“At school, Catherine is a basketball player, a volleyball player and serves on Student Council,” Ms. Read listed. “She has an awesome work ethic and a positive approach to school. She works well with peers and is a great role model. In the community, she practices Soo Bahk Do and is very involved with 4-H.”

Catherine shared her thoughts about the Choice Pass benefits.  “For the price of treating myself right, the Choice Pass lets me have discounts all around town,” Catherine shared. “Plus, I have a system to keep my behavior in check. It’s totally worth it.”

Congratulations for being a Star Choice pass student, Catherine!

December 17, 2014

Gabe Murphy, 13-year-old son of Carol & Steve Murphy, is a 7th grade student at Lake City Community School. He was chosen as a Star Choice Pass Student because of the exemplary example he is for his peers.  Gabe Murphy

“Though Gabe is a new student this year, I’ve seen him go out of his way to clean up common areas and always be friendly to students as well as adults,” Coordinator of Tobacco Prevention at Hinsdale County Public Health Preston McGothlin shared. “He’s an excellent role model of good behavior and just a really positive person. I think he’s a great youth leader here in Lake City.”

Gabe looks forward to skiing at CBMR on his Choice Pass ski pass. The Lake City Community School plans to bus their Choice Pass students to Crested Butte for skiing once a week throughout the winter.

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Zoë Worthen, 16-year-old daughter of A. Danielle & Jeff Worthen, is a junior at the Lake City Community School. She carries a GPA of 4.0 and was chosen as a Star Choice Pass Student by her teachers and peers for making positive, healthy choices and for being a good friend to everyone.

“I nominated Zoë because she is respectful and responsible,” Rebecca Hall, Lake City Community School counselor, said. “She is our National Honor Society president. Zoë is a student you can trust with any task.”

“Zoë also helps run the Climb Program in the Lake City School,” McGothlin added.

“I love that one of the best benefits of the Choice Pass is the free season ski pass to Mt. Crested Butte,” Zoë shared. “Out of all the benefits included in the Choice Pass, I will definitely be using my pass to Mt. CB the most this ski season.”

December 3, 2014

Sophia Truex, 12-year-old daughter of Scott Truex and Lisa D’Arrigo, has been recognized by the Crested Butte Community School for being a great student and a great person by her teachers and peers. Choice Pass wants to recognize her for making good choices in general in all areas of her life. Sophia Truex

Sophia earns all As in her 6th grade classes at Crested Butte Community School.

“I like that the Choice Pass Program gives people the opportunity to do things they might not have experienced otherwise,” she commented. “I’m super excited to use my free ski pass, and I’m so happy my fellow students also get this opportunity to make good choices that will impact their lives in a positive way.”

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Rory Magee, 14-year-old son of Pat Magee and Michele Meyer, has been recognized by Gunnison Middle School for being a good student, a positive peer at school and in the community, as well as a good athlete and a kind person. Choice Pass wants to recognize him for making good choices in general and for his volunteer work for a Choice Pass event this past September.

“The Choice Pass is a beneficial way for kids to make healthy choices and get rewards for making those good choices,” Rory said. “I appreciate the rewards for being drug and alcohol free.” Rory’s mom shared her appreciation for the Choice Pass.

“I am so appreciative of all the efforts put into making GCSAPP the organization that it is,” Michele offered. “What a fantastic and incredibly important resource for the youth of this valley. The diversity and breadth of community support that GCSAPP garners is testimony to its vision, and clearly represents the value that our community places in the health of its youth.”