Pagosa student to attend Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp


    By Indiana Reed
    Special to The SUN

    Jessica Tanner, a student at Connections Academy in Pagosa Springs, is one of four students selected by La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) to attend the 2013 Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp. LPEA will sponsor Tanner for the educational/leadership experience at Glen Eden Resort, set for July 14-19.

    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.

    “As a past chaperone at the Leadership Camp, I had the opportunity to really see some of these young leaders in the making, and it’s really inspiring,” said Ray Pierotti, LPEA project specialist. “The camp is an extremely valuable learning experience for our youth.”

    Tanner is a budding writer and active 4-H club member who looks forward to becoming a published novelist.

    Tanner concluded her winning essay that examined Abraham Lincoln with, “Every leader is different and a good, true leader knows how to do the right thing even when it is the hardest thing to do. I want to be a good leader; someone people can look up to even when times are hard  — like Lincoln.”

    To learn more about the opportunity to participate in the Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp, contact Jeannie Bennett, or 382-3505, or visit