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Grand Mesa Statesmanship Academy students, from left, Sabrina Gilmore, Hannah Gilmore and Bryce Simler graduated from the school, completed all the classes offered, and earned honors for completing Quest I & II this year.

Grand Mesa Statesmanship Academy (GMSA) of Cedaredge honored high achieving students at the school's annual awards recognition on May 27.

The academy's annual student recognition ceremony included an outdoor awards presentation and family barbecue.

Grand Mesa Statesmanship Academy has completed its fourth year serving the quality educational needs and goals of some 10 families in Delta and Montrose counties.

GMSA is a Christian Leadership Education-based Commonwealth school serving home school families one day a week through the school year. All the mothers mentor or assist with the classes, which serve children ages one to 18.

Students in the younger three classes learned a variety of subjects this year ranging from space, insects, plants, the body, geography, literature, the water cycle, the hero's journey, and a multitude of other subjects that helped them learn to love learning, gain breadth in their education, and learn positive character traits.

Youth begin scholar classes at the age of 12. This year the academy held three scholar classes: Key of Liberty, Life Skills, and Quest.

Key of Liberty was for the younger scholars, and focused on the Revolutionary War the first semester and on the U.S. Constitution the second semester. They read several books and participated in discussions, wrote opinion papers each week, and participated in simulations focusing on principles of liberty.

Four of the students also completed the National Heritage Award and three students memorized the Declaration of Independence, excluding passages describing various injuries King George's policies had inflicted on the colonists. The semester ended with a Constitution Bowl in which students tested their knowledge from the entire year.

The older scholars participated in two classes, one of which was Life Skills. They learned how to change a tire on their car and other basic car maintenance, about insurance, healthy cooking and eating, shopping wisely, about debt and credit, along with many other valuable skills they will use in the near future.

The other class for these scholars was Quest. Part of this class focused on the principles of statesmanship: virtue, wisdom, diplomacy, courage, inspiring greatness in others, and move the cause of liberty. They read a book about a statesman, wrote a paper, and presented a speech on each trait. They also wrote a research paper second semester. They had both written and oral exams that covered what they had been learning and worked closely with writing mentors to improve their writing skills.

The school is already looking forward to and planning for next fall, starting with a mentor retreat the beginning of August. The two scholar classes for next school year will be Sword of Freedom, focusing on the Civil War time period, and Hero Project, focusing on the World War II era.

GMSA invites anyone interested in joining next year to contact Tanya Simler at grandmesa
statesmanshipacademy@gmail.com for more information. New families are invited to attend a couple of weeks to see if the type of education offered is a good fit for their family.

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