2019 Rocky Mountain Youth Leadership Conference
The 2019 Rocky Mountain Youth Leadership Conference was held June 24-28, 2019 at the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs. High school counselors nominated 177 students; ultimately 93 students from 35 high schools received scholarships to attend the one-week course at UCCS, cost free. Of the 93 all but three were juniors and we had 54 females and 39 males, as well as 32 JROTC students.
2019 Conference Awards Winners
The following attendees received conference awards:
- Alex Murphy, Palmer Ridge HS – Honor Graduate or Madden Award
- Abigail Deyoe, Castle View HS– Dexter and Jo Ann Peak Essay Award Winner
- Bente Bungum, Denver North HS – Robert Meier Award (Respect & Responsibility)
- Jonathan Haerr, The Classical Academy HS – Gen Ben Bellis Award (Creativity & Judgment
- Miles McCue, Palmer Ridge HS – John Runningen Award (Ambition & Work Ethic
- Salem Scobee, Excellence HS – Alfred Champion Award (Persistence & Reason
- Mya Hunt, Mesa Ridge HS – James Coakley Award (Dedication & Patriotism
- Noah Anderson, Discovery Canyon HS – Rebecca Reynolds Award (Self Discipline & Selflessness
- Louden Archuleta, Air Academy HS – Harold Shear Award (Caring & Vision
- Juan Cardona, Doherty HS – David Claytor Award (Grace & Humility
- Alyssa Sandoval, Widefield HS – Mary Bower Award (Honesty & Inspiration
Comments from Conference Attendees
- Major strength of the conference is the interaction you have with other students during the conference. The wide array of speakers gave such a thorough overview of patriotism, the free enterprise system and leadership, there is narry a complaint.
- I had a great time each day while learning more and more about leadership, the free enterprise system and patriotism.
- I gained the skills and knowledge needed to be a great leader, be successful, have patriotism and never give up.
- I had the time of my life at this conference. The way leadership was approached here will stick with me the rest of my life. This whole place was so positive and helped me open my shell to others.
- To be honest, I did not originally want to come to the conference. But, after being here, I am soooo glad I decided to come. IT has been a blast and I have truly made amazing friends that I will continue to talk to following the conference.
- I have learned many valuable lessons here and I am excited to go and try them out in the world.
- From this conference I learned how to inspire people through leadership, and I can use this in school and in life.
- Overall, I feel as if the conference really has changed many of the things I look at. All of the speakers at the conference brought a great message with ideas that are applicable in life. I am excited to test out these new leadership methods back at home.
- The heavy emphasis on patriotism and leadership among the senior staff and guest speakers was a major strength and I believe exceeded the stated goals in those areas.
- I was able to learn a lot about patriotism and had a lot of love and loyalty towards my country.
- I loved this conference. And I am so blessed to have received the opportunity to attend. Thank you so much for providing an amazing camp at which I learned to become a better leader and a patriot.
- The most important insight was changing my perspective on how I face my challenges.
- I loved this conference and I had a great time with new people. I was nervous at first, but I felt like I grew so much.
- I think this conference is very inspirational and I really enjoyed my time here and I am inspired to be a greater leader that can treat everyone with kindness.