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HEA sends 2 HHS students to Youth Leadership Camp PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kyle Arnoldy   
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 10:21

Holyoke High School students Dylan Kotch and Brandon Struckmeyer were recently selected by the Highline Electric Association to join roughly 100 other high school students at the Youth Leadership Camp at Glen Eden Resort in Clark July 13-18.

Put on by the electric cooperatives of Colorado, Kansas and Wyoming, the Youth Leadership Camp has been around for nearly 30 years, located just 24 miles north of Steamboat Springs.

According to the Highline Electric Association website, the main objective of the camp is to “provide an educational experience for young people on the organization and operation of a cooperative. The seminar strives to develop leadership skills that will assist students with the challenges they face in the future.”

Those selected by Highline Electric Association to attend the Youth Leadership Camp near Steamboat Springs are pictured from left, Brandon Struckmeyer, Anna Ruch, Shayln Johnson and Dylan Kotch.

The camp is actually run by the students, who form a cooperative with a board of directors, general manager and six ambassadors.

The trip to the resort was a first for soon-to-be senior Kotch while fellow senior Struckmeyer was returning for the second straight year.

Kotch admitted he actually was initially more interested in the Washington, D.C. trip that offered much of the same experience, but when he was not selected for D.C., the opportunity to head to the Colorado camp was still an option. The change worked out for the best, as Kotch said he was surprised by how much fun he actually had at Glen Eden Resort.

“I might try D.C. next year, but I would definitely rather go to Steamboat than D.C.,” Kotch explained. “It was just way more fun than I thought it would be and I would really like to go back.”

Some of the week’s events included trips to Fish Creek Falls, Steamboat Springs, the Craig Power Plant and Trapper Mine, a Colorado River rafting trip, a dance, BBQ, volleyball tournament and a talent show. During downtime, tennis courts, swimming pools and poker were all options to pass the time.

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Holyoke Enterprise July 31, 2014