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CSU-Pueblo announces 2015 Class of Kane Scholars

Release Date: April 12, 2015

Cora Zaletel

Executive Director, External Affairs

Colorado State University-Pueblo

(719) 549-2810

PUEBLO- Eight high-achieving students from Pueblo County high schools have been selected to receive the prestigious Kane Family Foundation Scholarship at Colorado State University-Pueblo. The CSU-Pueblo Foundation announced today the names of the eight students who make up the 2015 class of Kane Family Scholars. The program is made possible by the Kane Family Foundation, a charitable vehicle of the late Alexander "Andy" and Wanden Matthews Kane.

Students were selected based on their high school academic record, written essays, and a competitive two-tier interview process. The Kane Scholarship covers the recipients' tuition, book expenses, and mandatory course fees in pursuit of a bachelor's degree. The class will be honored at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29 in the Occhiato University Center Hearthwell Lounge.

The 2015 Kane Scholars at CSU-Pueblo are:

Harold "Delton" Bartell

(Pueblo West); Brandon Bayer (East); Jason Falsetto (South); Sierra Martinez (Central); Jasmine Razo (Dolores Huerta Preparatory High); Sean Regalado-Love(Centennial); Lily Sanders (Rye); Angelina Sciacca (County).

Harold "Delton" Bartell

Bartell will graduate from Pueblo West High School and then study nursing at CSU-Pueblo. He is a high-achiever both in and out of the classroom. Bartell will graduate within the top two percent of his class. A recipient of the Order of the Sons of Italy Scholarship, he is actively involved in band, National Honor Society, Boys State, and speech and debate. Bartell is passionate about the nursing industry; committing countless hours to Parkview Medical Center's Student to Employment Program (STEP). He is a first-generation student, and volunteers every Friday to teach Pueblo West fifth grade students to play trumpet.

Brandon Bayer

Bayer will graduate from Pueblo East High School as a full International Baccalaureate recipient with a GPA of 4.33. He earned an academic letter for every semester of his high school career and athletic letters in cross country and track and field for the last three years. Bayer is the president of the Recreational, Environmental, and Social Health Club; an active DECA officer, and a member of Key Club, M.E.C.H.A, and the Cannon Firing Crew. Bayer will enter CSU-Pueblo as a Pre-Medicine major, with an ultimate goal of becoming an orthopedic traumatologist.

Jason Falsetto

Following his passion of sketching, planning and building, Falsetto plans to attend CSU-Pueblo as a civil engineering major. Falsetto currently ranks within the top five percent of his class and holds a 4.33 GPA. He is an active student, participating in Key Club, Future Business Leaders of America, National Honor Society, and South High School Student Council. He hopes to become an architect and engineer. "I hope to help our community grow economically and physically, as well as upgrade the infrastructure of existing buildings," said Falsetto.

Sierra Martinez

Martinez will pursue a nursing degree at CSU-Pueblo this fall, upon she plants to become an emergency room nurse. She will graduate from Pueblo Central High School but is dually enrolled at Pueblo Community College. Martinez will graduate within the top five percent of her class, has been on the Central Honor Roll for all four years of her academic career, and participates in National Honor Society and Girls Cabinet. She is a first-generation student and has a passion for pottery and ceramics.

Jasmine Razo

Razo will graduate from Dolores Huerta Preparatory High School second in her class and will graduate from Pueblo Community College with three associate's degrees. She will be the first person in her family to attend college. Razo will enter CSU-Pueblo as a psychology major, with the ultimate goal of becoming a therapist or counselor for foster care adolescents. "My grandmother was a foster parent for more than 20 years, and as a result I have had the privilege to meet some of the most beautifully resilient individuals. For these adolescents, I hope to become an individual who will have the resources to not only help them, but also be a person who is pulling for their success,' said Razo.

Sean Regalado-Love

Advanced Placement Environmental Science has changed Regalado-Love's complete outlook on life. "This class opened my eyes to all the opportunity that is available. The growing demand for clean and economically sound energy sources, and ecosystem awareness, and the need for clean water in our very own state drew my eyes to things that needed to be fixed,' said Regalado-Love. It should come as no surprise that he will attend CSU-Pueblo to attain a degree in biology with a focus on sustainability. Regalado-Love achieved academic letters and athletic letters for track and field for the last four years. He is involved in youth ministry at his church, the Pueblo Fire Explorers, and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

Lily Sanders

Sanders will graduate Rye High School as valedictorian with a 4.0 GPA. Planning to major in business and education, Sanders has dual dreams of achieving success in the business world and becoming a high school math teacher. She has academic letters for every semester of her high school career and has played varsity volleyball and soccer for the Rye Thunderbolts. Sanders is currently the student body vice president, a member of National Honors Society, and was selected as a Colorado Columbine Girls State Delegate.

Angelina Sciacca

Sciacca says that she has dedicated her high school career to academics, athletics, and leadership. Sciacca will graduate in the top 10 of her class, participates in softball, basketball and tennis, and is an active member of the National Honor Society and Student Leadership. "My hard work and dedication in and outside of the classroom has allowed me to achieve many goals, and it will continue to allow me to do this in the future. I plan to remain dedicated to my academics as I continue on my path to college," said Sciacca.

Colorado State University - Pueblo is a regional, comprehensive university emphasizing professional, career-oriented, and applied programs. Displaying excellence in teaching, celebrating diversity, and engaging in service and outreach, CSU-Pueblo is distinguished by access, opportunity, and the overall quality of services provided to its students.

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