Education briefs for Dec. 14, 2013: Craig music student earns state honors

Moffat County High School junior Ryan Secules was recently selected to be part of the Colorado Small Schools All-State Jazz Band, in which he will play the lead trumpet.

According to a press release from MCHS band director John Bolton, the audition process canvases the entire state and is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. The audition committee selects the top 10 trumpets, top 10 saxophonists, top eight trombonists and top two players each for piano, guitar, bass and drums.

"This is a tribute to the hard work that Ryan and his family have put into his musical development,” Bolton said. “Ryan will represent our district well.”

All-State Jazz Band will take place in January in Colorado Springs.

Secules was also selected as the principal trumpeter in the top band as part of the recent Best of the West Select Band at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction.

Drama department holding auditions for spring production

The Moffat County High School theater program will offer auditions for its spring play based on Dr. Seuss’s “The Cat in the Hat.” The show will be cast before winter break and rehearsals will begin once classes start in January, with the performance dates set for February.

Auditions are from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and interested MCHS and Craig Middle School students can sign up on the auditorium door for a timeslot. Registration forms are available in the MCHS second-floor office and need to be completed before auditioning.

For more information, call 970-824-7036 or visit www.moffattickets.org.

CNCC invites community to say farewell to Gene Bilodeau

Colorado Northwestern Community College will host a sendoff for Craig campus Vice President Gene Bilodeau from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Anyone from the community is welcome to attend, socialize and say goodbye to Bilodeau, who will be departing for a job in South Dakota.

The event will be catered by Brother’s Custom Processing.

For more information, call 970-824-1101.

School bands to perform holiday shows

The band classes of Moffat County High School and Craig Middle School will soon be showing their stuff.

The MCHS Holiday Band Concert takes place at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the MCHS auditorium. The CMS band’s performance will be at 7 p.m. Thursday in the CMS auditorium.

For more information, call MCHS at 970-824-7036 or CMS at 970-824-3289.

Maybell School to host Christmas play

The students of Maybell School will be performing the original play “The Exile of the Misfit Elves,” written by Craig’s David Morris and directed by Maybell teacher Bill Ronis.

The show is one night only at 7 p.m. Thursday at Maybell School, 30 Haynes Ave., in Maybell.

For more information, call 970-272-3266 or 970-824-7018.

Driver Education courses available in 2014

Moffat County High School will offer a new run of Driver Education courses starting January 2014.

Students should be six months from their 15th birthday or older when they begin the classes, which are offered in 10 days of three-hour sessions from 3:45 to 6:45 p.m. Jan. 20 to 31, or March 17 to 28.

A one-week summer session with six-hour days is also available from June 2 to 6. Students must get their learner’s permit within six months of completion, or the class will not be recognized by Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles.

Registration is $250, payable only by check or money order, and forms are available at MCHS. Enrollment is first come, first served, and there will be no refunds once classes begin.

For more information about registering, call 970-824-7036.

Free parenting classes available

Moffat County School District will be offering courses on nurturing parenting starting Jan. 21.

The classes are free and will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through April 15 at the school district administration building, 775 Yampa Ave. The sessions, funded by Moffat County Social Services, include dinner, as well as activities provided for any children who attend.

Families need to register by Jan. 10 for organizers to get an accurate count of those attending.

For more information, call Lynae Ellgen at 970-326-8138 or Sandy Beran at 970-871-7682.

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