Marek Labenski, Tenley Brasington and Paige Middleton all obtained scholarships to attend Vail Christian Excessive Faculty. Middleton obtained the inaugural Coronary heart of an Artist scholarship, and Labenski and Brasington obtained the seventh annual Honors scholarships.
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On Thursday, March 9, Vail Christian Excessive Faculty introduced the recipients of two scholarships: the Coronary heart of an Artist Scholarship and its Honor Scholarship. Native college students Paige Middleton, Tenley Brasington and Marek Labenski had been named because the award recipients.

Coronary heart of an Artist

That is the primary yr the highschool has supplied the artist scholarship, because it goals to have a good time the creative and inventive aspect of scholars coming into highschool. The Coronary heart of an Artist Scholarship affords $5,000 off tuition, renewable for 4 years.

Candidates should exhibit each breadth and depth of their artistic pursuits, and decide to taking wonderful arts lessons annually in all areas supplied at Vail Christian Excessive Faculty. The scholarship is a part of a broader mission to develop and have a good time the entire pupil and ignite ardour in arts, teachers and athletics.



Middleton was named the primary recipient of the varsity’s Coronary heart of an Artist Scholarship. Middleton has been homeschooled and is an achieved pianist and violinist. She additionally has a ardour for and expertise in video/media manufacturing, artistic writing and poetry and has carried out with Bravo! Vail.

When requested in regards to the huge image of the humanities in our world, Middleton stated, “Music, like all the humanities, may also help convey the world collectively. Having the guts of an artist requires dedication and an general ardour for humanity. Having the guts of an artist means that you’re form and wish to unfold sympathy, compassion, pleasure and inspiration to these round you.”

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In keeping with one among Middleton’s music academics, “Paige performs with expression and artistry past her years and approaches her musical research with self-discipline and dedication.”

Honors scholarships

The 2023 educational advantage Honor Scholarships had been awarded to 2 deserving Eagle County eighth graders: Tenley Brasington of Vail Christian Academy and Marek Labenski of Saint Clare of Assisi. The 2 winners had been chosen on the idea of grades, standardized check scores, trainer suggestions, written essays and private interviews.

The merit-based scholarships present half-price tuition annually till commencement from Vail Christian Excessive Faculty, totaling over $50,000 per pupil over 4 years.



Brasington and Labenski will likely be a part of the varsity’s incoming freshman class who will graduate in 2027. That is the seventh yr Vail Christian Excessive Faculty has awarded the Honor Scholarship to incoming freshmen. Winners should preserve a GPA of three.75 all through their 4 years of education and should exhibit sturdy character and management.

Brasington is described as a frontrunner by her friends, academics and buddies. She works arduous and strives for perfection not simply academically, however as a robust athlete and chief amongst buddies, as she shares her love of life and is a lightweight to these round her.

“Tenley will constantly ask how she will be able to obtain larger grades and appears to tackle new educational challenges,” stated LaRae Keyes, one among Brasington’s academics. “Tenley can also be articulate and asks clever questions in school, and isn’t afraid to politely method her academics with questions or clarification. If she just isn’t challenged, she pursues different avenues the place she will likely be.”

Labenski, the opposite recipient of the 2023 Honor Scholarship, is described as a gifted author and sort soul who likes to study. He’s captivated with literature and studying but additionally excels in all educational areas together with math.

“Hardly ever have I encountered somebody who’s so desirous of being challenged at school and who’s so fast to study. He has an unbelievable capability to take summary ideas and join them to his life,” stated Sister Mary Mia in her suggestion of Marek.

On the annual scholarship award ceremony, Vail Christian’s Director of Admissions, Kristy Maslan, shared simply a number of the adjectives used to explain the scholarship recipients of their nomination kinds and interview notes. Amongst these phrases had been: considerate, good, artistic, unbiased, useful, assured, diligent, chief, curious, devoted, targeted, service-minded and crew participant.

“Character traits are so necessary, and we worth these and like to see them so clearly present in our college students’ lives,” stated Vail Christian’s Head of Faculty Steve O’Neil. “Our college students have the entire bundle: thoughts, physique, spirit. Paige, Tenley and Marek all actually exemplify traits in keeping with our college’s values.”

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