• Local students to attend Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp

    High school juniors Doctor, Downing, Fogel and Logan sponsored by LPEA

    Local high school juniors Liam Doctor, Brianna Downing, Kirsten Fogel and Justus Logan have been selected by La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) to participate in the Colorado Electric Education Institute Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp, an all-expenses paid educational/leadership camp set for July 15-20, 2017 at Glen Eden Resort outside of Steamboat Springs, Colo.

    Each summer, the Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp brings together approximately 100 high school students selected by electric cooperatives in Colorado, Kansas and Wyoming to learn about the organization and operation of a cooperative, as well as to build leadership skills designed to assist students in meeting future challenges.

    Liam Doctor is a junior at Pagosa Springs High School and an honor student and member of the Academic All-State team. Active in Youth Soccer and Baseball, he also participates on the 4-H Council, among other activities. He intends to pursue study in biotechnical engineering.

    Applicants are required to pen an essay on leadership, and in his winning essay Doctor observed that a leader is, “… a person who has a vision, someone who is optimistic and who truly believes. Someone who tries their best to do what is right, and most important of all, someone who understands the value of those whom he or she is trying to lead.”

    A junior at Pagosa Springs High School, Brianna Downing is involved with drama, band/music and photography, plus is a member of the National Honor Society. She plans to focus on the music in her college career.

    In her essay, Downing wrote, “True leaders carry a lot of burdens, yet they stand strong as they carry them… True leadership comes from the heart. Not their head.”

    Kirsten Fogel is a Durango resident, but junior at Mancos High School. An active member of her church youth group and choir, she is involved in a variety of athletics, including volleyball, track and hockey. She will pursue a pre-dental program in college, in preparation for further studies to become a dentist.

    Exploring traits of a good leader, Fogel noted, “A leader must be able to guide other people in a positive way… If a leader helps you set goals you will most likely be successful in the future.”

    Pagosa Springs resident and home schooled student affiliated with Pagosa Springs High School, Justus Logan is a Junior Firefighter and EMT who participates with San Juan Search & Rescue. His focus is to become a professional firefighter, and is currently advancing his career in firefighting school.

    In his essay he stressed, “True, good leadership cannot be accomplished without true character and integrity. Leadership should display honesty, wisdom, humility, creativity, confidence and commitment…Communication, understanding, passion and truth.”

    Applications for the 2018 Colorado Electric Education Institute Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp will be available in November 2017 at LPEA’s offices in Durango and Pagosa Springs, through area high school counselors, or on the web, www.lpea.coop. To learn more about the opportunity to participate contact Jeannie Bennett, jbennett@lpea.coop or 970.382.3505.

    LPEA, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative established in 1939, provides to its more than 30,000 members, with in excess of 42,000 meters, safe, reliable electricity at the lowest reasonable cost, while being environmentally responsible.