Below is a list of information and biographies about the 2016-17 CHSAA Student Leadership State Reps.
- 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 junior class 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, and the basketball and soccer teams for my school. My favorite past times are photography, traveling, and hanging out with my friends.
- 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 Representative this year I am also a National Representative and the Head Committee Chair for 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 Student Leadership Council, 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 slops with my family and friends. I am excited to serve as a national and state representative this year and can not wait for an amazing year representing Colorado!
- Smoky Hill
My name is Anshu Mohan and i am a junior at Smoky Hill High School. Last year I served my school as Sophomore Class President while playing basketball and talking higher level IB and AP courses. Along with being a student athlete, I participate in a variety of clubs including, but not limited to, Student Government, STRIVE (A Student led tutoring club), LINK (A group to help assimilate new freshman), DECA, and SHUFA (Smoky Hill Unites for Africa). Outside of school I enjoy hanging out with friends and volunteering at local charities and my local temple. Service, Unification and Leadership play a huge role in my life and I hope to bring this passion throughout the state of Colorado this year!
I have been involved in Student Council every year since the third grade and am incredibly excited to have the opportunity to improve Student Councils all over Colorado as a State Representative. This year, I will be the Student Body Treasurer and a Committee Head in the spring semester at Loveland. I will also be the Treasurer of our National Honor Society. Additionally, I am a Youth Commissioner for the City of Loveland, a Peer Ambassador, play varsity tennis, participate in Unified Basketball, run track, ski, and enjoy spending time in the outdoors and with my friends.
My name is Brenden Batz. I am currently an IB senior at Thornton High School and very involved in my school. Some of the main activities that fill my time throughout the year besides student government are, Varsity Football and Track, Theatre, NHS, NTHS, Link Leader, and a state competitor for DECA. After graduation I plan on entering the armed services and being a fighter pilot, whether that route involves one of the academies or enlisting as a marine.
Throughout my high school career, I have explored many different opportunities and grown through them. I engage in many activities within my school and across the state including; Soccer, Volleyball, Theater, Choir, National Honor Society, DECA, Hugh O’Brian Leadership Program (HOBY), and of course Student Council. In addition, I challenge myself with rigorous academic pursuits and leadership positions within my activities. Now, I am fortunate enough to say I am one of the CHSAA State Representatives for the 2016-2017 school year. My passion and drive for student leadership will help me work alongside my fellow state reps to lead a successful year. I am very excited to serve my state and work with other student councils throughout this next year. I will be serving as a representative for the Northwest Region, but I would like to get to know student leaders across the state of Colorado. Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments, I am more than willing to help!
- Discovery Canyon
I have been involved with student leadership since 6th grade, being placed on the Superintendent Student Advisory Council for my school district and being treasurer for as long as I can remember. I am a National Honor Thespian, President of National Honor Society, and Vice President of National English Honor Society at Discovery Canyon Campus. I am involved with the International Baccalaureate program, taking the Diploma Program classes. I am excited to take my knowledge and experiences to the state level to make Colorado even better than it already is.
I am very excited to be serving as a CHSAA state representative for the 2016-2017 school year. I have been involved in student council since elementary school and throughout that time it has become one of my main focuses and passions. Outside of student council I participate in National Honor Society and am a member of the Boulder High Swim Team. I also enjoy various outdoor activities, from playing Frisbee at the park to skiing and hiking the great mountains of Colorado.
DeJuan D.J. Chapa
My name is DeJuan (D.J.) Chapa. I am a State Representative for CHSAA. As a freshman, I had the opportunity to start a new club at my school called The Crew. The Crew is dedicated to organizing, inspiring, and empowering males to serve the community in fun and meaningful ways while promoting leadership, accountability, and teamwork.
I am also the Committee Head for the Annul Ugly Sweater Run. Each year, the Ugly Sweater Run is a school sponsored event that allows the community to raise funds for a non – profit each year. In 2016, I was named Aurora Scholar and the year before that I was awarded Freshman of the Year! I believe leadership can maximize productivity, shape a positive culture and produce harmony.
I am a Team Leader at Harkins Theaters, and I am the oldest of my 2 brothers. I enjoy traveling the world, spending time with family and hanging out with friends.
- Eagle Ridge Academy
Personal Bio: Student leadership is one of my greatest passions and serves a prominent role in my life. This is my fourth year serving as a member of ERA’s student council and my third serving as publicist. I chose to become a state representative this year to assist in furthering the mission of CHSAA’s student leadership program and to give all student leaders the ability to voice their opinions. Some of my favorite pastimes include serving on the National Honor Society, acting, singing, mentoring my peers, making handmade cards, playing handbells, teaching, volunteering, and spending time with family and friends. I am excited to work with you, so if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me!
- Vista Ridge
I am beyond excited to be entering my senior year at Vista Ridge High School as the Student Body President and as a CHSAA Student Leadership State Representative. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to unite Student Councils from across Colorado to create a network of ideas and support. In my school, I am a member of NHS, head peer counselor, and a student board member for Falcon School District 49. In my free time, you can find me hiking, at the gym, modeling in Denver, spending time outdoors, taking quality Instagram photos (Follow Me: @evan_mahon), and spending time with family and friends.
Grace Van Valkenburg
- Discovery Canyon
My name is Grace Van Valkenburg and I go to Discovery Canyon Campus. I am a state representative for the 2016-2017 school year. I'm junior class president and I will be chairing decorations for prom and homecoming at my school. I am also a national thespian and a member of national english honor society.
Jalen Martin is a senior at Eaglecrest High School and will be serving as the 2016-2017 Student Body President. At his school he is involved in two choirs, varsity track and field, AVID, student leadership, multiple national honor societies, and many community outreach programs. For his senior year, he is most excited to grow as a person and leader and can't wait for what the future holds. Jalen is the Southwest regional representative.
Student council has been my life since the 7th grade, this year I will be serving as junior class president for Liberty High School. I’m also involved with NHS and varsity cheerleading. I love helping people no matter what the situation is. My dream is to be a motivational speaker when I grow up to help bring awareness to serious topics and help spread a positive message that will impact people.
- Arvada West
Hey! My name is Matthew Spencer and I’m a senior at Arvada West High School. I am the eldest of three and have two younger sisters. My dad is from Hawaii and moms from Michigan so while my sisters have cool names, Malia Mahealani and Kawailani kahalehiwa, I’m just Matt. I play basketball, participate in theater, and have been a student council all four years of high school and two in middle school. I am the 2016-2017 state representative for the metro area and if you guys have any ideas for service projects or questions feel free to shoot me an email. I promise if I don’t know the answer I can definitely ask Troy or Oliver for you!
I am thrilled to be entering my fourth and final year in EHS Student Council as Student Body Vice President and as a CHSAA State Representative. For the past few years, I have worked as Sophomore Class VP and President of School Events within Student Council. At Eaglecrest, I enjoy leading our school's student section, participating in Unified Track, and furthering my academics through multiple Honor Societies. Outside of school, I devote my time to organizations such as Children With Hair Loss and Bonfils Blood Center. In my free time I love to soak up the Colorado sunshine through hiking or snowboarding.
Myracle Sadie Fielding
- Prairie View
I am Myracle Sadie Fielding and I have been born and raised in the beautiful state of Colorado. I am a Senior and Student Body Officer at Prairie View High School, where I excel in academics; holding above a 4.0 GPA, while taking rigorous AP, Honors, and College courses. I have run Track and Field for almost 6 years now, specializing in High Jump, Shot Put, and Triple Jump, and this year I will be Prairie View’s Field Captain. I am also involved in the STARS mentoring program, where I teach students how to have and build heathy relationships and success. After high school I plan to go to college to study Pre-Med and eventually attend Medical School. The biggest dream of mine is to be able to travel the world and provide medical assistance to those in need.
As I begin my senior year at University High School in Greeley, Colorado I have been involved in many extracurricular clubs and activities over these past years of my high school career. Some to mention are drama, volleyball, Future Business Leaders of America, and the entrepreneurship club. Hi, I'm Nathan Sullivan and this year I am going to be the Student Body President at University High School and I am also a State Representative for the Colorado High School Activities Association for the North Central Region. I enjoy working with my community and networking long lasting relationships. That's another reason I decided to apply for a seat on the Cache Bank and Trust Junior Board. I was selected to be on the Cache Bank and Trust Junior Board during 2016-2017 along with other students in Greeley, CO and I look forward to networking with my community and applying those skills to my leadership roles at my school. This school year I can't wait to work with surrounding schools and their councils to build stronger relationships and communities. If I can be of any assistance please email me with the listed email.
Oliver Byles, a Colorado native, is the Student Council President at Loveland High School where he holds an above 4.0 GPA as an International Baccalaureate Diploma Program Candidate. He participates in over 20 clubs; a few of which are Key Club, an international volunteer organization, DECA, a business leadership organization, Congressman Jared Polis’ Youth Advisory Council and The City of Loveland’s Youth Advisory Commission, in both of which he is writing bills on Gun Control and Tobacco Use, respectively. Mr. Byles participates in many sports and has been a member of the Loveland Cross Country Team for three years as well as on the Loveland High Track Team where he is specializing in Pole Vault. Also of note, he is an avid skier, mountain biker, and was the youngest finisher of the 2013 Colorado Marathon at the age of 14. In addition, he has numerous special interests including languages and photography. He is currently studying French, Spanish, and Hebrew. He has also traveled extensively throughout Asia, Europe and Latin America. Oliver expects to Graduate in the Spring of 2017, then to go on to study International Law and Politics.
- Discovery Canyon
Student Leadership is something I’ve devoted a lot of time to in the past three years of my life. As a freshman, I was thrown into my student senate after a healthy dose of peer pressure without realizing what was actually happening but this turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life. I am currently serving as the Head Boy of my student council (think Student Body President, just Harry Potter themed) and am also involved with NHS, NFHS, Symphonic Band, and the Youth Symphony. I also enjoy reading, getting lost outside, and eating an unhealthily large amount of Cheez-Its. Last year, I had the honor hosting Fall Conference, where I noticed the incredible power and sense of community CHSAA creates. I am incredibly honored to serve as a State Rep and I look forward to helping encourage unity through the region and the state.
- Arvada West
I am very excited to begin my Senior year at Arvada West High School. Leadership has played a very large role in my life and this will be my third year in Student Council. Throughout my years in Student Council I was committee head of our Prom committee and I served as Junior Class President. Aside from Student Council, I've attended Outdoor Lab as a High School leader several times with a few different schools around my district and served on my soccer team as a captain. In my free time I enjoy spending my time outdoors fishing and hiking, playing guitar and being around friends and family.
Taylor is the Denver Metro representative.
- Fruita Monument
I was been born and raised in Grand Junction, CO. Growing up, I was active with church, family, school, and skiing. Entering high school, I began to work with various clubs and organizations. I volunteer at St. Mary's Hospital, work at a local restaurant, and served last school year as Student Body Secretary and Treasurer. I recently was a team member of Africa Is Life Changing, Inc., traveling to Kenya on a service trip. Afterwards, I lived and worked in Washington D.C. as a United States Senate Page. Overall, I enjoy working with others and making the best of what I can. I am so grateful and excited to serve as a State Representative of the West Central region of Colorado and to help improve student leadership at the state level.