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Week Of Special Interest 01/24/18
Photo courtesy: Crisanta Duran Facebook

By La Voz Staff

DCPA announces finalists for play-writing competition

The Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) announced the finalists of the fifth annual Regional High School Playwriting Workshop and Competition for Colorado high school students. Out of 153 submissions and 10 semifinalists, DCPA artistic, literary and education professionals have selected Emmaleth Ryan (Grandview High School), Julianna Luce and Trinell Samuel (Vista Peak Preparatory), and Noah Jackson (Girls Athletic Leadership School) as the three finalists in the annual playwriting competition. Each student will receive mentorship from a professional playwright and have their plays read at the 2018 Colorado New Play Summit on Saturday, February 24 at 8 p.m. in The Conservatory Theatre.  Finalists also receive a $250 cash scholarship and a complimentary pass to the Colorado New Play Summit. One submission will be selected for a full production during DCPA Education’s 2018 teen summer program. “These young playwrights are the next generation of theatre. It is our responsibility and our privilege to encourage them and give them the tools to succeed,” said Allison Watrous, Executive Director of DCPA Education.

Workforce Development Program boosts culinary careers

Governor Hickenlooper will attend a hiring fair on January 24 for culinary careers held at the Emily Griffith Technical College. The college recently launched a new state-funded program called Culinary Quick Start (CQS) that provides an opportunity for a career in the culinary industry.  Gov. Hickenlooper recognizes the important role the program will have in developing the next generation of culinary experts.

“The Culinary Industry is no different than many others in our state facing a shortage of trained professionals,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “I can attest to the personal satisfaction that comes with working in this industry and the opportunities it creates for those looking to build careers in the kitchen while connecting with their community.” 

Duran and McClenney honored by CCD

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. exemplified community leadership and made it the cornerstone of his civil rights ministry. In the spirit of Dr. King, Community College of Denver (CCD) honored Denver community leaders Dr. Paul L. Hamilton, Speaker of the House Crisanta Duran and Dr. Bryon McClenney at its annual CCD Dr. MLK, Jr. community leadership awards ceremony. The event took place on January 18th at St. Cajetan’s Cathedral on the Auraria Campus.

During the ceremony, CCD proudly presented the 2018 Dr. MLK, Jr. Scholars, which recognizes CCD students who are also leaders in their own right. This two-part scholarship incentivizes academic success by distributing half of the scholarship in the spring, and the other half upon completion and continued enrollment in the fall semester.

Nominate local youth

Commerce City is seeking nominations for the Adams County Mayors and Commissioners Youth Award (ACMCYA). The ACMCYA is an annual award program that recognizes Adams County youth in grades 6-12 or under 20 years old, who have. Nomination forms are due Jan. 31, 2018. Youth can be nominated by anyone, including counselors, religious leaders, parents, coaches and teachers. If you know a youth that should be recognized, contact Shannon Whitmer at 303-289-3674 or Nomination forms are available online at

Our Government

White House

President Trump proclaims January 22, 2018, as National Sanctity of Human Life Day. “By virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 22, 2018, as National Sanctity of Human Life Day. I call on all Americans to reflect on the value of our lives; to respond to others in keeping with their inherent dignity; to act compassionately to those with disabilities, infirmities, or frailties; to look beyond external factors that might separate us; and to embrace the common humanity that unites us.” President Trump said.

Colorado Governor

Gov. John Hickenlooper and Gov. Kasich signed a letter urging Congress to pass long-term funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP por sus siglas en inglés) and find a permanent solution for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA por sus siglas en inglés) program. Both a long-term reauthorization of CHIP and a permanent solution for DACA recipients enjoy bipartisan support.

Denver Mayor

Following the release of Amazon’s HQ2 short list, Mayor Michael B. Hancock has provided the following statement regarding Denver’s inclusion on the list:  “We are proud that Metro Denver is being increasingly recognized as one of the nation’s most innovative, progressive regions with global connectivity that is helping home-grown businesses and major industries thrive here. Our economic gains have been some of the strongest in the country, and companies of all shapes and sizes are discovering that Denver’s workforce is second-to-none.”





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