Senior Night: Recognition of Senior winter athletes

At Gilpin High School

By Gary King

Gilpin High School held its Senior Night recognition last Thursday, February 20th between the boy and girl’s home basketball games versus Nederland High School. Senior Night is a period set aside to recognize the contributions of the school’s senior winter athletes and show appreciation for their dedication to their sport as well as appreciation for their parents and others that have supported them throughout their High School careers. The three 2020 winter sports included in the Senior Night presentations were wrestling, cheerleading and girls’ basketball.

The senior athletes were invited to the floor individually, along with persons who have supported them, and each athlete was presented with a bouquet of flowers. In addition to recognizing individuals and their supporters, the narrator recited a short description of each participant’s athletic accomplishments and plans for their futures following High School.


Michael Wenholtz was accompanied by his parents Stephanie and Clinton Wenholtz, and was recognized for his four years of accomplished wrestling with a 62-41 record including 15 medal finishes and two place finishes in the regionals.


Madison Kennedy was recognized as the Co-Captain of the cheerleading team and was accompanied by her parents Jack and Lisa Kennedy. Joleen Slack was recognized as a Co-Captain of the cheerleading team and was supported by her parents Sandi and Mike Oliver, and her grandparents Kathy and Henry Whitcomb.


Nicole Adams (#33) with her mother and father, Dee and Greg Adams, was recognized for her four years of participation on the basketball team. Noemi Correa with her mother Lupe Correa (#3), was recognized for her outside shot and her 3-year commitment to the basketball team. Joyce Jewell (#21) with Michelle Hernandez and her grandmother Diane Jewell was lauded for her 4-year tenure as a Lady Eagle. Alicia Johnson (#20) accompanied by her mother and father Nicki and Kirk Johnson, was commended for her leadership and 4-year commitment to the Lady Eagles. Samantha Smith (#2) with her mother Clorinda and her father, Lady Eagle’s assistant coach, Alan Smith was praised for her key role in the Eagle’s defense over the past four years. Sarah Trujillo (#5) joined by her mother Liz Sanchez and her father Steve Trujillo and her brother Josh Trujillo, was commended for putting the team ahead of herself during her three years in the basketball program. Lena Warren (#11) with her mother, Mary Beth Sherrod, her stepfather, Mark Sherrod, and her father Brad Warren, was praised as a defensive specialist during her four years with the Lady Eagles. Jessica Wilhelm (#30), attended by her parents Christine and Curt Wilhelm, was commended as a centerpiece on both ends of the court, for her perseverance, and being twice named Honorable Mention for the Mile High League during her 4-year tenure with the Lady Eagles.

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