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Three Basalt High School students win 5Points Dream Scholarships
Recipients cover gamut from flying to music to immigration
Left: Carla Soto will head to El Paso to study immigration issues through photography. Center: Isaac Musselman will be starting an aerospace and aviation club at Basalt High School. Right: Emily Northrup plans to pursue music education with the purchase of a new cello. Courtesy photos

Over the past 10 years, the 5Point Adventure Film Festival has offered a scholarship program to more than 50 high school students from Aspen to Parachute. The annual $1,500 award gives each student the chance to explore his or her own passions, boundaries and dreams, using the festival’s five guiding principles of purpose, respect, commitment, humility and balance. This year’s applications were judged by a Dream Project jury that included a U.S. Air Force helicopter pilot, an attorney, a mom, a museum professional and a trail runner.

“This scholarship opportunity brings the 5Point experience to life for our younger audience members,” said Regna Jones, executive director of 5Point Film. “The diversity of projects for this year’s winners reflects the adventures and human stories we see on the screen too.”

In 2019, three Basalt High School students earned the honor for projects as diverse as immigration, aerospace and music. 

Isaac Musselman 

Ever since the BHS sophomore saw “Star Wars” at the age of 6, he has been entranced by things that fly. He has studied jets and rocketry under the tutelage of a private mentor and now, with the Dream Project funding, he can share that passion with his peers.

Musselman will be starting an aviation and space club at BHS that will allow students to build drones and rockets together, hold astronomy nights and host guest speakers to talk about topics ranging from astronomy to engineering.

Ultimately, Musselman hopes to bring an aviation curriculum into the Roaring Fork School System. His next step is to start spreading the news about the new club to both high-school and middle-school students who may want to join. 

Emily Northrup 

Music has always been a part of BHS senior Emily Northrup’s life. Since middle school, she has been active in band, choir, musical theater and orchestra and especially loves playing the cello.

Through her time with the local Roaring Fork Youth Orchestra, she has come to appreciate the beautiful music written by Vivaldi, Beethoven, Lehar and other composers. When she heads off to Brigham Young University in the fall, she plans to study music education, but the time has come to upgrade her rental cello to the real deal. With her Dream Project funding, Northrup will travel to Copper Mountain in June, where she will try out a variety of cellos made by Robertson & Sons Violin Shop and choose a cello and bow that will best help pursue her future dreams in music.

Carla Soto

A junior at BHS, Carla Soto cares deeply about immigration and art. In elementary school, she witnessed first-hand the trauma and fear of the immigration process when ICE showed up at her home and detained family members. She now hopes to bring awareness to the topic, through photography, and address immigration, the hardships immigrant families face, the reasons why they flee to America, and current border policies.

With her Dream Project funding, Soto will visit El Paso in June through the Aspen Chapel and World Leadership School. The immersion program will allow her to learn about the migrant workforce efforts, legal advocacy initiatives, duties of the Border Patrol and the legal processing of immigrants. She’ll also be involved in cultural activities, sports and World Leadership Learning Sessions. 

To celebrate the scholarship program’s 10th anniversary, all Dream Project recipients since 2009 will be honored through events and programming over the April 25-28 festival weekend, including a reception, a Dream Project retrospective exhibition and an award ceremony for the 2019 recipients.

Dream Project scholarships are made possible through support from community partnerships with Timbers Resorts, Alpine Bank, Amore Realty, Colorado Office of Film, Television & Media, Poss Architecture + Planning and Interior Design, and 2757 Design.