Miss Loveland Valentine for 2015 is Ellen Colpitts – a Loveland resident and winner of the Chamber of Commerce sponsored Miss Loveland Valentine Contest.
For more than 50 years Miss Valentine has met the Governor, presenting him with a special gift from Loveland and an Official Loveland Valentine card. She has made a formal presentation to the Senate for the past 48 years. On occasion, she has also met with the Lieutenant Governor and the treasurer. Today, she is introduced and the representative for District 51 talks about the Loveland Valentine program. Ellen Colpitts will be accompanied to all of her engagements by the official Miss Valentine chaperones, Norma Jean and Chet Goodheart.
To be eligible to enter + win the title of Miss Loveland Valentine, the following criteria must be met:
- Must be a high school senior
- Must be a Loveland resident
- Must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and be able to maintain it throughout the term
- Must have adequate public speaking skills
- Must be allowed to travel
- Must be able to miss school (approximately two weeks in January and two weeks in February) without hampering her school requirements
- Must be able to attend evening meetings • Currently holding leadership roles in high school and community activities
- Must be a college-bound student
The contest is also judged on:
- Improvisational skills
- Speaking skills
- Ability to interact with all ages and nationalities
- Written essay
- Presentation to Thompson Valley Rotary
Ellen Colpitts, who received the official sash and a necklace passed down from one year to the next, competes in cross country and track at Thompson Valley High School and said she has learned various routes around Devils Backbone and Lon Hagler and notices little things like the old couple always on the recreation trail, or the fisherman at the lakes.
She admires the details and customs that she has grown up with, like seeing the star on Namaqua Hill every year and finally making the trek up there at age 15 to see the town from above.
She’s gone to Foote Lagoon concerts every year since she was little and loved the Storytime in the Park series in the summers.
“No one thing about Loveland makes Loveland so special and unique, it’s all the little things, not just one big thing,” Colpitts said.
Colpitts hopes to study journalism and would like to attend University of Wyoming or University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.
She does a variety of community service projects through the National Honor Society like canned food drives and painting the message hearts that are posted on light posts around Loveland.