ExtraordinAIRy Treasures High School Scholarships: July 2018

July 31, 2018

At the beginning of the year, Plumbline Service began accepting nominations for our 3rd annual ExtraordinAIRy Treasure Scholarship Program. This year we received over 130 exceptional nominations. We then asked our wonderful committee to read through the nominations and narrow it down to only 5. It was a tough process, but we are pleased to say that our final 5 recipients are truly deserving of this honor.

We are extremely excited to introduce you all to our 5 ExtraordinAIRy Treasure Recipients!

Taylor Rapp – Littleton High School

Taylor was nominated by her mother, Heidi. She was the captain of several soccer teams and was considered a leader among her teammates. Taylor is described as tenacious, dependable, coachable and loyal. 2 years ago, she joined the Arapahoe County Sheriffs Explorer Program where she completed a 20-hour training course, 70 hours of community service and served at 3 funerals for fallen deputies. On top of that, she worked at the Polar Plunge, volunteered with the Special Olympics and participated in a National Night Out. Taylor still maintained a 4.1 GPA, was a part of the National Honor Society and varsity soccer. Her dream is to pursue law enforcement and help those in her community that has given her so much.

Allison Winn – Denver School of the Arts

Allison was nominated by her Supervisor in the Counselling Center, Linda. When Allison was 6, she was diagnosed with a brain tumor. To get through the tough times, Allison named the cancer and her treatments, “Stink Bug”. After all of her treatments were over and she was officially in remission, Allison adopted a dog from the Colorado Corrections Industry Canines Training System. The comfort her new friend gave her, gave her an idea! In 2010, Allison made and sold dog biscuits and lemonade, earning enough to pay for a dog and donated it to a child going through cancer treatments. To this day, Allison’s project “Stink Bug” has raised over $100K to purchase trained dogs for patients going through cancer treatments. Her supervisor described her as always willing to help, very modest and a true leader.

Gabriela Blanchard – Ponderosa High School

Gabriela was nominated by her Counselor, Laura. Gabriela reminds her of a hummingbird; petite and dynamo, always moving quickly between numerous commitments and always having a smile on her face. She was Ponderosa High School’s class of 2018 Valedictorian. She has made it her goal to help students find the right activity or organization to get involved in and has led many of the organizations she joined. She helped start the Sources of Strength Program, which helps connect struggling students with trusted adults, positive activities and coping strategies.

Madeline Gross – Arapahoe High School

Madeline was nominated by her friend, Jacqi. From a young age, Madeline was faced with adversity, but was still kind, caring, confident and brilliant. She strives for perfection and can always find the positive in any situation. A few years ago, Madeline became a teen volunteer at the Denver Zoo and has blossomed as a person, volunteer and leader. She mentors new teen volunteers without being asked, has quickly moved up the volunteer ladder and now works alongside the Gorilla and Orangutan Zookeeper. Madeline has completed over 700 volunteer hours and aspires to be a Zoo Veterinarian. 

Gabrielle Moseley – Parker Lutheran High School

Gabrielle was nominated by her mother, Deidre. She is described as fun loving and caring. At the age of 12, Gabrielle became a playing partner with the Special Olympics Parker Power Softball Team. She would help the players hit and run around the bases. She then continued to coach the team for 6 years. Gabrielle has a gift and passion for people with mental and physical disabilities. She also volunteers her free time at the Wellspring Community, a center for adults with special needs. She plans to study Special Education in the fall.

With all the negative news taking over our screens, it is refreshing to know there are ExtraordinAIRy individuals like these 5 young adults in our community. Their futures are bright and we cannot wait to see how they unfold!