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2023 Scholarship Recipients


Izaiah Padilla

Izaiah Padilla was a recipient of the Alumni Scholarship worth $3000.00.  He will graduate with the Class of 2023 with a GPA of 4.11.  He was a member of National Honor Society, Voices, and Rock Band. He also participated in the engineering classes through SEBS. Izaiah was a four-year letterman and a three-time state placer in wrestling. He was the team captain his senior year and was Academic All State all four years. He was CHSAA Second Team All-State and honored by his coaches as the Hornets' Outstanding Wrestler his senior year. Izaiah will attend Colorado School of Mines, majoring in electrical engineering. He also received an athletic scholarship to wrestle for the Orediggers.


“I greatly appreciate the PCHS Alumni Foundation for their support. It is an honor to receive this scholarship, and I’m proud to join the amazing Hornet alumni. Go Hornets!”

      - Izaiah Padilla, Class of 2023


Dean Allen

Dean Allen was the recipient of the 2023 Alumni Foundation Scholarship worth $1,500. He earned an Academic Award in his Senior Year. He has not only excelled academically, but also within after school groups he participated in. Dean was the General Manager of Pueblo County High School's Sting TV, as well as the captain of the Speech and Debate Team for the previous two years. He was appointed to an officer position in the JROTC program his Junior Year, along with being a 2-time Deca State Qualifier.  To add to that, he was a letterman in golf, and was a manager at his after-school job. He will be attending Colorado Mesa University to study Mass Communication.


“I'm very grateful to have received this scholarship from a school I love so dearly.  With my mother and uncle going here, and my grandfather having been a teacher and administrator, I'm glad I was able to continue a family tradition.  Go Hornets!”

      - Dean Allen, Class of 2023


Braxton Vail

Braxton Vail is a recipient of the 2023 Pueblo County High School Alumni Foundation Scholarship worth $1,500. Throughout high school, Braxton consistently earned honor roll, participated in a wide variety of extracurricular activities, and was a four-year letterman in golf and a three-year letterman in both basketball and baseball. He received several awards, including the 2021-2022 CHSAA Academic All-State First Golf Team, the 2022 42nd Annual Tony Andenucio Memorial Tournament 18U All-Tournament Team, the 2022 Colorado Dugout Club Coaches Association 4A All-State Second Team, and the 2022-2023 CHSAA Academic All-State First Basketball Team. Braxton will attend Trinidad State College for two years of general studies while playing baseball on an athletic scholarship. He hopes to then continue playing baseball at a four-year university while earning a degree in Sports Psychology.


“I am grateful the Pueblo County High School Alumni Foundation selected me for this honor. PCHS prepared me for college, and the scholarship will allow me to focus on my studies as I further my education. I will never forget my roots at Pueblo County High. Go Hornets!”

      - Braxton Vail, Class of 2023

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