Brandon, a Home Educated student and a big brother to 16 foster children, has done many volunteer activities during his high school years. His volunteer work includes, the Denver Homeless Shelter, feeding the homeless in San Francisco, working on a Navajo reservation in Arizona, teaching in Juarez, Mexico, Hurricane Katrina clean up and volunteering for the Sports & Recreation Department. He received the Phineas F. Brezee award and received an Honorable Mention to the State All Conference Team. For three years he lettered in football through Elizabeth High School. Brandon was selected to enter the 2008 Aerospace Engineering class at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Timothy Andrew Johnson
Timothy is the third born in a family of eight Home Educated children. He loves the outdoors and caring for his cows and goats. He is an experienced beekeeper and owns and operates Busy Bee Enterprises which produces natural honey and beeswax products. Timothy shares his knowledge of honeybees with children in the local elementary schools and public libraries. He received the “2005 Young Entrepreneur of the Year” award by Young America Bank of Denver. He is also an avid musician and enjoys playing the cello in his family’s string quartet and the Denver Young Artist’s Orchestra. Tim attends Red Rocks Community College and intends to complete a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree.
Colleen Marie Sanderlin
Colleen is the oldest in her family and has a sister and a brother. She is currently a junior at the University of Northern Colorado where she is studying to become a Physical Education teacher. She is the Variety Events Coordinator on the University Program Council and is a volunteer with the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She is a member of UNC’s cross country and track teams. She received the YNX Service Leadership Award at UNC for the 2006/2007 academic year.
Julia Lynn Williams
In May 2008, Julia graduated as Valedictorian of Ralston Valley High School. Julia played mellophone in the high school marching band and French horn in symphonic band. She was selected as an All-State musician on French horn, in 2008. While she devotes much of her time to music, even more is devoted to art. She has won several awards, including Scholastic Gold and Silver Keys as well as a first place award in the Jefferson County High School Art Exhibit. Her love of music and art prompted her to attend Colorado State University this fall, to major in art and minor in music. Ultimately, she wants to become a children’s book author and illustrator.