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2012 Recipients

2012 Heather Christensen Scholarship Recipients

Cari Bergstrom 

        When this scholarship was awarded, Cari had already been accepted to the University of Utah as a Pre-Med student. During her time at Bingham High School, she served as the president of her color guard and worked both as a preschool teacher and at a daycare center to help pay for color guard. Doing so, Cari says she learned a lot about time management, a skill necessary to succeed in college. Her position in her color guard taught her leadership and organization skills, as well as the willingness to always help doing what needed to be done. Her director, Travis Lucero, says that Cari “is an extremely driven, organized and hard working student who is always striving to make herself and those around her better at what they do.”


Elizabeth Hayes

          Elizabeth has the distinction of keeping the highest GPA of all of the 2012 applicants, a feat she maintined while also keeping a job, interning in the medical field, and serving as guard captain for the American Fork High School Open Guard. In her five years involved with color guard, she served as captain twice and says that color guard has given her confidence and the ability to do things that she never thought possible. As one of the students who witnessed the bus crash that took the life of the beloved teacher Heather Christensen, Elizabeth says that she gained a deep respect for her leaders that tragic night as they demonstrated unconditional love for their students. She hopes that she can do the same for others some day. Tiffany Miller, her guard director, says “she is one of the kindest people I know. She has missed out on a lot of fun activities and other obligations in order to help her fellow team members be the best that they can possibly be.”


Alexxa Owen

          Alexxa was heavily involved in school activities during her time at Bear River High School, participating in over 16 different programs, including drama, ballroom, color guard, DECA, ballet, cross country, and many others. She is currently finishing her studies to become a pharmacy technician in order to support herself while attending college in the Health Science field. Alexxa served as team captain for her color guard, and her director, Melissa Snyder, says that “she is a young woman who is full of life, a true performer and a great example.”



2012 Sara Raymond Scholarship Recipients


Gretchen Brzycki

          Gretchen began spinning over 7 years ago with Riverton High School, and since then has performed with both Urban Expressions and the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps. Her age out summer with the Troopers further enhanced her love for color guard and built many memories that she will forever cherish. Overcoming many obstacles to participate in this activity that she so dearly loves, Gretchen personally raised the money for all of her own expenses, including college tuition and guard fees. She is currently studying at Salt Lake Community College, pursuing a degree in Paralegal Studies. Gretchen had a very special relationship with Sara Raymond, looking up to her in many ways, both as a mentor, and friend. Her guard director, Susan Raymond, says that Gretchen “has integrity, initiative, and much dependability in the work she does. She is trustworthy, hardworking, creative and has good people skills. She is always there to help when needed and has a circle of friends that admire and respect her.”


Matt White

          Although he has only been involved in color guard for two years, Matt has developed a great love of the activity and has dedicated an amazing amount of time to become his best. Even though he attends the University of Utah as a full time student, he takes the bus twice each week to travel from Salt Lake City to American Fork to attend rehearsals with Wasatch Independent Winter Guard. Matt’s work ethic is undeniable, as he often stays after rehearsals to perfect a particular toss or a bit of tricky, new choreography. He truly feels that his guard is his family, and rehearsals are a place where everyone loves and accepts him for who he is. His guard director, Tiffany Miller, says that Matt “has the true love of guard in his heart. He is an exceptional young man who is very deserving of this award.”

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