DWPC Scholastic Scholarship Award
for Outstanding Merit in the National Scholastic Art and Writing Competition


Over the course of her high school career, Alexandra Hall has been published in a myriad of small publications, has run two online blogs, and has won over 15 writing awards, including three national medals. Hall’s music blog, Rocka Magazine, gives her audience a glimpse into the artist behind the art. Hall’s personal blog features a collection of essays surrounding her struggle with a chronic pain disorder, anxiety, depression, and the simple pangs of growing up. In the past year alone, she has won an honorable mention in the Denver Post’s teen suicide investigation essay contest, five regional Scholastic Art and Writing awards, and three national Scholastic Art and Writing medals. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, she was invited to Carnegie Hall to accept her three national writing awards, including one gold medal and two silvers. She will be attending University of Colorado, Colorado Springs in the fall.

DWPC Frances Belford Wayne Merit Award for Journalism

Gibson Shaffer grew up just outside of Denver with six brothers and sisters. She found her calling after high school at a tiny student newspaper in Crete, Nebraska. After an accident forced her to move back to Colorado, she continued her journey at Metropolitan State University where she was instilled with the belief that she could accomplish anything with the power of her pen. Currently, she is working toward a December graduation with a journalism degree. She is spending her summer in an MSU Denver internship that has her covering various aspects of the pandemic and major events through the lens of a reporter and photojournalist. “I questioned many times whether I had the capability to make it this far but believe it or not, in the heart of the city of Denver, I found my place to thrive.”