Winners scoop up honors for helping name ‘Swoop’

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By Gene Sears

In what is becoming a welcome habit, the Fort Lupton City Museum has just finished another contest, again highlighting a bit of forgotten city history.
    A resident of the museum since a visit to the taxidermist in 2001, a nameless great horned owl occupies a prominent spot, sort of a raptor under glass. Fond of the bird — and fonder of former curator Nancy Penfold, whose nephew brought her the bird after finding it struck down near U.S. 85 — museum director DebraRay Thompson decided on a contest to name the treasure. Things have come full circle now, and despite everyone who attended winning by receiving a prize and refreshments, six finalists emerged, capturing awards and certificates.

    Cindy Hood took top honors in the best adult story category, with her tale of “Al.” Favorite story in the student division came from author Shelby Reynolds and her version of “Clocksworth.” Coming in third at the tender age of 84, Ellie Baca won the judges over with “Merlin.”
    On the fence between two very close choices, the museum committee decided to split the win for naming the raptor. The winning name is “Fred Swoop,” with FLHS student Brianna Anderson garnering first place with “Fred,” and Rafael Herrera, another FLHS student taking second with “Swoop.” Third place winner for best name was “Ouch” by Janice Brown.
    “The Fort Lupton City Museum would like to thank everyone who participated in our contest and especially those who were able to attend our party and support our efforts here at the museum,” said museum director Thompson. “All of the stories and names were wonderful; a big Thank you goes out to our Museum and History Committee, for their tough decision making!. Special thanks to Sharon Schuyler for the awesome owl cookies, Barbara Duncan for the wonderful coffee cake, and Ann Pepmeyer, Mason Thompson and Janice Wilkin for all their help.”

Contact Staff Writer Gene Sears at gsears@metrowestnewspapers.com.