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Exceeded expectations

Dear Editor:A few weeks ago Dave Conarroe wrote a letter regarding Aspen High School students’ participation in the Reese Henry & Co. Leadership Exchange. Peter Van Domelen, Dick Butera and I had the opportunity to sit down with the students last week and hear what they had to say about their experience in New York City. Afterward, I found myself compelled to write this letter. The students kept saying over and over that the trip had greatly exceeded their expectations and was one of the most powerful experiences of their high school career. Thanks should be given again to the members of this community who facilitated an amazing educational opportunity. All the same, I want to tell Desmond, Jonathan, Liz, Matt, Michael and Tanner one thing: You are the reason the trip was so extraordinary!These six students exceeded my expectations in every way. In the hour we talked I saw in front of me a group of strong, confident, intelligent, hardworking, varied and open-minded leaders. Weeks after the trip the enthusiasm that poured out of them was contagious. I have to admit I feel very proud.I am proud of Aspen for being such a supportive community. I am proud of Aspen High School and its teachers for providing an outstanding education. But above all, I am proud of the young leaders who sat in front of me and spoke with insight and intelligence. Hana LewickiReese Henry & Co. Inc.


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