Top Moffat County scholar-athlete seniors honored

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Rowan DuBois has many memories from his four years at Moffat County High School.

"Beating Steamboat for the first time in soccer my sophomore year and having a fun year in football this year," were a couple of his more memorable times.

Brandie Telfer will never forget watching state basketball her freshman year from the bench. Watching the seniors play gave her something to play for the rest of her high school career.

The seniors were recognized as the top scholar-athletes for the graduating class of 2005 at Tuesday night's academic awards banquet.

The award is the longest standing athletic honor in the school, known as Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year for the girls, and Dude Dent Award for the boys.

The boys award is named after Lewis S. Dudent, a former Moffat County student-athlete who earned a Silver Star in World War II and was killed in action.

The awards are based on a combination of grade point average and athletic performance.

DuBois has a 3.87 GPA and received eight athletic letters. He lettered four times in soccer, three times in track and one time in football.

His one-year stint as the football team's place kicker was a highlight.

"If I didn't play soccer, football would have been fun," he said.

In the final regular-season football game DuBois was substituted in on defense. He helped make a tackle on the goal line.

"Everybody was directing me where to go," he said. "I really had no idea."

DuBois is planning to attend Colorado State University and major in mechanical engineering. After that, he hopes to attend medical school.

He was appreciative of the opportunity athletics gave him in high school.

"You need to do well in the classroom to be able to play," he said. "That keeps you motivated to do well."

Telfer earned eight letters and carried a 4.0 GPA throughout high school. She not only earned eight letters -- four each in volleyball and basketball -- the Western Slope League honored her in six of those eight seasons with first-team or honorable mention awards.

In her senior year she was named first-team all-state in basketball in Class 4A by the Rocky Mountain News and second-team all-state by the Denver Post.

She has signed a letter of intent to play basketball for Adams State College in Alamosa.

In the classroom, Telfer said her most difficult class was Senior English because she had to read everything very carefully to make sure she got all of the information correct.

"It's an honor to receive this award because it shows both aspects of academic and athletic challenges."

She said the challenge of being a student athlete in high school would prepare her for college because she will have to multitask there, as well.


David Pressgrove can be reached at 824-7031 or dpressgrove@craigdailypress.com.

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