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PHS grad receives scholarship from CVG Cotton & Agriculture Women

Sheana N. Nelsen, a 2009 graduate of Payson High School, has been awarded a $2,000 scholarship by the Casa Grande Valley Cotton & Agriculture Women.

Scholarships are awarded to students at Central Arizona College who are enrolled in their second year of agricultural studies and planning to continue their education at a university. Sheana was active in the Payson FFA Chapter and has continued this interest at Central Arizona College. She is a full-time student and works 30 hours per week. Upon receiving her degree from CAC, she plans to continue her education at University of Arizona and obtain a degree in Agriculture Production with a minor in Animal Science. She is the daughter of Rick and Karyn Nelsen of Payson.

Casa Grande Valley Cotton & Agriculture Women are a group dedicated to the promotion of cotton and the importance of Arizona agriculture through scholarships and education. Funds for scholarships are raised at their annual “Rope for Cotton” team roping in the spring and their Harvest Party dinner dance and silent auction in the fall.

Help needed for symposium

Help is needed for the upcoming Rim Country Differentiated and Gifted and Talented Symposium, organized by the Payson Unified School District and the Payson Area Association for Gifted and Talented (PAAGT).

The event will run from Oct. 13-15, and will provide teachers with training. The event also serves as this year’s main fund-raiser for the PAAGT.

Confirmed keynote speakers include Peter Laing, who works on the gifted education side of the state department of education, and Nathan Levy, who created, and author of several books which are used in programs across six continents.

The keynote speaker events are open to the public, and parents of gifted students are welcome to attend.

Sponsors of the event are needed, as well as volunteers to help with food, signs and setup.

For more information, contact Marlene Armstrong at (928) 478-1581 or marlene.

Adult ed classes offered

Adult education classes are being offered in Payson through the Gila County Superintendent of Schools. Classes are offered free of charge for students ages 16 years through adults who are not currently enrolled in high school.

Classes meet Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at 112 W. Cedar Lane. 

Orientation for new adult education students will begin at 5:30 on Tuesdays.

Classes include Adult Basic Education, Adult Secondary Education and GED Preparation. 

One-on-one and small group instruction is offered in all subject areas using text-based materials, computer-assisted applications and distance learning opportunities.

The Gila County Adult Education Program also offers a Distance Learning Program for students who can’t get to a class.


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