Below is a list of information and biographies about the 2016-17 CHSAA Student Leadership State Reps.
- Palmer Ridge
Hello! My name is Lilliana Hamilton and I am a senior at Palmer Ridge High School. I have been actively involved in student council since elementary school as I have a passion for leadership. I have held the positions of sophomore class vice-president and the executive treasurer in Student council. I have also been apart of many different clubs such as chemistry club, French club, Link Crew, NHS, and journalism. I have participated on four varsity sports, but my main passion is cross country and track where I have been apart of two state champion teams. When I'm not at school or running, I am playing with my lovable golden retriever, Chloe. I
am excited to be a state representative because I love meeting new people and I want to help students get involved with their school.
- La Veta
My name is Michael Moll. Most people call me Max. I go to La Veta high school which is a very small school. My class size is usually between 12 to 14 people each year. I love my community and I love the state of Colorado.
I will be serving as the La Veta student body president for the 2017 2018 year. I am involved with golf and knowledge bowl with the privilege of being in National Honor Society for the 2017 2018 year.
It is an honor to be a state representative. I was the camper of the week at 2016 leadership camp. CHSAA student leadership has had a significant impact on my life and my student council.
I enjoy seeing what our state has to offer. I love skiing and taking road trips around the mountains. I would like to be a teacher when I grow up because I have a mission to help influence young students positively and to help them reach their dreams and goals in life. Feel free to contact me or any of the other representatives for anything.
- John F. Kennedy
My name is Te'Kellie Escobedo and I am going into my final year of student council at JFK. Student leadership has been one of my biggest passions throughout my 3 years of high school.
Student leadership along with student voice has made the greatest impact on my life. Being able to have a say in what is going to affect me as well as being able to stand up for what I believe in is very important to me.
My junior year I was All-School Vice President, this year I will be the All-School President and a state representative. I assist for my school's unified sports team, I am in National Honor Society, I represent my school for Student Board of Education, and I am apart of the track and field team. When I am not busy with school I volunteer at Saint Joseph Hospital and have been fortunate to do so for the past four years.
I look forward to working alongside many great leaders within Colorado who share the same passions as me. Together we can help develop student leadership and help it grow.
- Manitou Springs
Ever since I was a little girl I've wanted to be able to make a difference and change my community for the better. As a high schooler at Manitou Springs High School I found that student council is a way for me to make that happen. I have been in student council since my freshman year and as our Student Body President this year I'm thrilled to also be a state representative and get the chance to work with other students in Colorado to make it the best that it can be for all students. Also, I am a part of WORRRMS (my recycling club at school), Peace Jam, Key Club, and the basketball and soccer teams for my school. My favorite past times are photography, traveling, and hanging out with my friends.
- Monte Vista
Hello my name is Robert Duran and I am a Senior at Monte Vista High School. I have been involved in Student Leadership since I was in fourth grade. Currently I serve as the Student Body/ Student Council President in which I have served since my sophomore year. I am excited to be serving as a State representative for Colorado this year. I hope not only to improve my school’s student government but schools all over Colorado. I am involved in several of my clubs at my high school and actively involved within my community. My hobbies include watching nerd movies from Harry Potter to Star Wars, playing with my various animals, singing and listening to Disney, and drinking Dr. Pepper.
My name is D.J. Chapa, and this year I am your CHSAA State Vice President! I was born in Waterloo, Iowa, adopted at two days old, lived in Houston Texas, then I moved to Colorado nine years ago, and have been here every since!! Growing up, I have been very active with school, community service, church, and much more!!! As a member of Student Council since my 7th grade year, I became invested in the community, my school, and the betterment of others. I volunteer at the Food Bank of the Rockies, and work at the Residence Inn – Marriott as a Front Desk - Guest Services Attendant. I am very involved with clubs and many organizations throughout the City of Aurora and Denver. I love to hike, fly fish, hang with friends, and travel the world! I have a pretty cool collection of watches!! Feel free to reach out to me about life or Student Leadership in general! I am so excited to help the State of Colorado energize its leadership and develop into an amazing state!
My name is Nikki Grofcik and I am ecstatic to be a senior at Chatfield Senior High School. Leadership has grown to be a passion of mine considering I aspire to change the world for the better. In the past four years I have been a member of my student government, FBLA, and World Affairs Challenge-a self-created club dedicated to solving words issues. In my free time, I love to eat all kinds of food, go on crazy Colorado adventures with my friends, and find ways to help out in my community. I am so happy to represent Colorado and be a CHSAA state rep for the following year!
- Pine Creek
Hi, my name is Reagan Onken and it is an extraordinary honor to be a State Representative to better serve high schoolers across this beautiful state. I am the junior class treasurer at Pine Creek High School in Colorado Springs. My stucco family has been there for me my entire highschool career and my goal is to be there for my fellow leaders across colorado just as my peers have been there for me. Outside of student council i am a member of the National Art HOnor Society, National American Sign Language Honor Society, Field hockey player, volunteer at the near by elementary school, and am involved in my local Young Life. I am so excited to work with people from all over the state and help them better their schools and communities.
- Smoky Hill
My name is Anshu Mohan, and I am a senior at Smoky Hill High School in Aurora, CO. I have been involved in Student Leadership since my freshman year and this year I have the pleasure of serving as Student Body President for my school. Along with leadership, I am planning on playing tennis and basketball during my senior year and continuing my involvement in a variety of clubs, DECA being one of them. I am a DECA officer for this upcoming year and also a top ten finisher in the world for my category of Sports and Entertainment at last years International competition. Outside of school, I love to spend time with my friends, travel and volunteer within my community. And lastly, l am ecstatic to serve as your 2017-2018 CHSAA State Media Director!
- Smoky Hill
Hello! my name is Brianna (Bri) Hernandez. I am a four year member of Smoky Hill Student Government as well as a CHSAA state representative. I am an active member in my school participating in over 12 of the 50 clubs my school has to offer. I enjoy hiking, running, field hockey, lacrosse, drama club, playing my viola and volunteering around my community. I served as a committee chair in both homecoming and wish week for the past 2 years as well as team captain for my field hockey and lacrosse team.
Hi I'm Taylor Tufano, a senior at Golden High School and I'm serving this year as a CHSAA State Representative. I have been a member of Golden High School's student council for the past three years and currently sit on the board for interact club as well as being Vice President of my school's environmental club among other things. I love playing soccer and skiing as well as being with my friends and family.
- Highlands Ranch
Hello! I have been involved in Student Senate since elementary school and it is one of my favorite things to do. In addition to being a State President this year I am also a National Representative and the Head Committee Chair for NASC’s Region Six. I love volunteering and I am a founding member of the Highlands Ranch High School Philanthropy Club and Vice President of Philanthropy for National Charity League. In school I am also involved in many clubs including Friends of Rachel, Link Crew and multiple honor societies. After school, I am on my school’s field hockey and swim team. In the winter you can always find me on the ski slopes with my family and friends. I am excited to serve as State President and work on foster connections through CHSAA. I can not wait for an amazing year representing Colorado!
- Greeley West
I am beyond thrilled to start my senior year at Greeley West High School. I’ve been a part of student council since elementary school and I’ve continued being involved in it since then. I will be serving as the Student Body Communications Director at Greeley West this year. I am on the track & field team at Greeley West as well as an officer for many clubs such as Interact, Key Club, DECA, FBLA, FCCLA (VP of Events for FCCLA’s northern district), FCA, and NHS. In school, I'm also involved in yearbook and my school newspaper, the West Word. Outside of school, I volunteer at my church nursery and around my community any chance I get, as well as hang out with my family and friends. I am so ecstatic to serve as a CHSAA State Representative this year and be a voice for high school students all over Colorado!
- Grand Junction
Hi! I'm RayLynn Nelson. I am a senior at Grand Junction High School in western Colorado. Student council has been a big part of my life, and in high school I have served as Freshman Class President, Sophomore Student Representative, and, Junior year, I was SBO Secretary. This year, in addition to being a State CHSAA Representative, I will be Senior SBO Representative. Other extracurricular activities include FBLA, National Honor Society, Drama, Cross Country, and Academic Team. I am active in my church and participate in activities and service as often as I can. When I'm not doing school activities I enjoy photography, reading, camping, traveling, hiking, kayaking, and other outdoor activities with family and friends. I am thrilled to be a State Representative this year and I can't wait to see what Colorado student councils can accomplish this year! I am so excited to work with you and get to know you this year!
- Palmer Ridge
Now, I’m one of those kids that has been in a student led government since elementary school (only since 7th grade did whatever school I was at have a council), y’know, I don’t even hold an executive position in my current council. But that’s all fine and dandy, because that’s not what this council, or any council for that matter, should be about. I was raised under the care of two great Army officers who both served at least 20 years, my dad currently remaining active duty. And moving from place to place is never easy. I know firsthand how cold and unforgiving school can be, and it’s an archetype that I want to change. I’m here as a State Representative because I have the foundation and the motive to be the leader that makes sure that nobody has to work through their teenage years alone, because that’s something that nobody else should ever have to feel. I’m in north El Paso County, about ten minutes north of USAFA. Feel free to shoot me an email!
- Eagle Ridge Academy
I am excited to enter my senior year at Eagle Ridge Academy as Student Body President and as a CHSAA State Rep! I have a passion for student council and student leadership and look forward to my last year. Besides Student Council I am also captain of our improv team, a member of NHS, a National Honor Thespian and a dancer for the Brighton High School Poms team. In addition to school activities I also love snowboarding, dancing, and spending time with my friends and family. I look forward to being a State Rep this year and growing as a leader!
My name is Brandon Lindsey, and I will be a Senior this year at Loveland High School. This is my second year as a State Representative for CHSAA, and I am very excited to be a part of this group of students once more. I am also the Historian for the State Representatives this year. In addition to being involved with Student Council at the state level, I am the President of my own Student Council, and hold office in NHS, DECA, and FBLA. I also play tennis, run cross country and track, ski, and spend time with my friends and family when I am not busy with schoolwork. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have!
The second I walked into my first day of high school, I knew I was going to make a difference. Being in Student Council allows me to do that. I am a state rep, and for my council- And for my school, Loveland High, I have been the Historian for my council for 2 years now. Being a huge part of council has helped me shape into the person I am today, and the person I want to become. Meeting new people from new places and doing new things will help your leadership grow! In my free time, I watch a lot movies, write screenplays and hang out with my dogs!
As the Student Council president at my school I am honored to represent my school as a State Representative. I am excited to help student councils in the state and not just my own. Besides student council, I also take part in DECA, FBLA, NHS, and GT Mentoring. I am the co-president of DECA and a senior class officer. I enjoy taking rigorous AP classes, while maintaining an above 4.0 grade point average. I enjoy photographing the beautiful Colorado landscapes. I’ve taken AP Studio Art, where I was the only one in my school to have a picture accepted to the Colorado Scholastic Art Show. This year, I plan to create a new club at my school, a Student Media Organization, where we will create a newspaper and student news videos to further unite the school. On my free time I enjoy reading, exploring the mountains, swimming, and skiing. After high school, I plan on going to college out of state and studying economics.
Hey! My name is Julian Salazar and I'm a Senior at Jefferson High school. I have been class president for JHS from freshman year through junior year. I'm currently involved in extra curricular activities such as Football, Wrestling, as well as Baseball and Track. Aside from sports I'm involved in college preparation courses as well am a current quintessential AVID student award recipient. Outside of school I enjoy adventuring, doing flips, as well as participating in community service projects. I hope to continue to help others grow as leaders and hope to impact others lives!