The annual White Iced Celebration in early February is our signature event celebrating public education in Mesa County. It’s an evening to honor White Iced Award recipients and Outstanding Academic Growth Schools. This elegant event welcomes community members, D51 staff, friends of the D51 Foundation, and parents. The annual White Iced Celebration is always an inspiring event and loads of fun!
Diana Velasco East Middle School
Jennifer Laase Orchard Avenue Elementary
Jodee Cronk Grand Junction High School
Megan Henry Independence Academy
Sandra Patrick Tope Elementary
Scott Hittle Mesa View Elementary
Lora Quesenberry New Emerson Elementary
2023 Foundation Spotlight
Eric Nilsen, Retired D51 Director of Maintenance and Operations
The D51 Foundation worked with the D51 Assessment team to identify schools with outstanding academic growth. Their team used student growth and achievement data from DIBELS, NWEA, CMAS, PSAT, and SAT at available grade levels and available content areas.
Elementary Primary Reading (K-3)
Dos Rios Elementary – Cinnamon Cain, Principal
Taylor Elementary – Vernann Raney & Mary Biagini, Principals
Elementary Intermediate Reading (4-5)
Lincoln OM Elementary – Randy Foster, Principal
Loma Elementary – Nicole Wimsatt, Principal
Scenic Elementary – Ben Alexander, Principal
Chatfield Elementary – Dave McCall, Principal
Middle School Reading
Mount Garfield Middle School – Nikki Johnston, Principal
Middle School Math
Redlands Middle School – Jory Sorenson, Principal
High School PSAT 9
Fruita 8/9 – Jason Plantiko, Principal
High School PSAT 10
Palisade High School – Dan Bollinger, Principal
High School SAT
Fruita Monument High School – Todd McClaskey, Principal
Celebration Sponsor- $10,000
FCI Constructors, Inc.
Red Rock Auto Group
Premier Sponsor- $5,000
Anna Rickenbach Properties RE/MAX 4000, Inc.
Falcon Plumbing and Heating
SCL Health/St. Mary’s Hospital/Intermountain Healthcare
Legacy Sponsor- $3,000
Dynamic Program Management
Grand Mesa Mechanical, Inc.
High Country Beverage
Home Loan Insurance
Rocky Mountain Health Plans: A United Healthcare Company
STA of Colorado
Champion Sponsor- $1,500
Amy & Andy Mohler
Asset Engineering Limited
Audio Visual Experts
Austin Civil Group, Inc.
B & B Electric, Inc.
Bank of Colorado
Bighorn Consulting Engineers, Inc.
Christi Reece Group
Colorado Mesa University
Drs. Anne Nederveld and Robert Frazho
EC Electric Inc.
Ed Bozarth- Mark Miller Chevrolet & Buick
Family Health West
Grand Junction Regional Airport
Grand Valley Bank
Lindauer Dunn, Inc.
Mays Concrete, Inc.
Palisade Brewing Company
Skyline Contracting, Inc.
Superior Drywall, Inc.
The Daily Sentinel
Western Slope Iron & Supply, Inc.
Hero Sponsor- $500
Aaron Birch Family Dental
Angela and Bill Christensen
Asphalt Specialists & Supply
Bechtel & Santo
Code Ninjas GJ
Dan & Elise Prinster
Dr. Brian & Caitlin Hill
Dr. Randy & Tricia Roman
Dr. Raul & Aracely de Villegas-Decker
Dr. Teyen & Mrs. Michelle Shiao
Dr. Eric Toth
Dr. Mark & Jolie Griffin
Dr. Mike & Andreya Krieves
FCF Premium Finance LLP
Fidel’s Cocina & Bar
GJ Tech Center, LLC
Grand Junction Federal Credit Union
Grand Valley Auto Sales
Huddleston-Berry Engineering & Testing, LLC
Janice M. Burtis
Keira Bresnahan & Brad Feldhaus
Mr. T’s Repair & Sharpening
MRP- Tim & Christy Fry
Office Outfitters and Planners
Phyllis and Leonard Little
ProSpace Interiors, Inc.
Rolland Consulting Engineers
Ruby Canyon Dental Group
Shawn Carstensen Hays & Will Hays
Signature Homes of Colorado
S.U.R.E., LLC Real Estate
Taylor Fence Company