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Youth council ready to convene

Aspen Times Staff Report

After several months of planning, 17 young adults from Aspen were selected yesterday to serve on the newly established Aspen Youth Council.

Ranging from an Aspen eighth-grader to high school seniors, the youths will have their first meeting March 15 at City Hall, from 6 to 9 p.m., with aims to establish a name for the organization, elect officers and define its mission and objectives during its first year of existence.

“The kids have worked long and hard on this,” said Gervaise Dupree, director of community relations/ communications for the city of Aspen.

“They’ve put a lot of energy into this, and we’re happy to see it take off,” added Dupree, who, along with several other adult community members, helped local youths to establish the council.

A selection committee, comprised of adults in the community, chose the 17 youngsters based on an extensive application and questionnaire, and interviews.

“We’ve got some really capable kids here, it was hard making the selections,” said Matt Fields, program director for the Aspen Youth Center who served on the 13-person selection committee.

“There were nearly forty applications, so we had to cut it down by about half, but it was tough,” Fields said.

The youths selected for the council are: juniors R.A. Beattie, Jasmine Liddington, Chris Luu, Colin Norman, Tiffany Stone and Kristin Wright; sophomores Christina Cavaleri, Leigh Ethridge, Sean Friedland, Ry Neily and Elizabeth Severy; freshmen Melinda Engelman, Maureen Fox and Maggie Roth; and eighth-grader Katie Turner.

In addition, two Aspen High seniors – Oliver Garfield and Michael Friedland – were selected to the youth council as “charter members.”

“I think the first goal of the council will be to decide what they are here for; what they want their objectives to be,” Fields said. “The selection committee, we’ll be there for them for support, but it’s going to be up to the kids. “


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