5 Cougars named to Mayor’s 100
Five Coronado High School students have been selected by Colorado Springs Mayor Lionel Rivera to the annual Mayor's 100
The five are Joseph Beggs, Greg Broughton, Alex Kosley, Lauren Peterson and Maddie Shields. To be considered for the list, each needed to be nominated by an adult.
“More than ever, we need to champion our youth,” Rivera said in a prepared statement. “The world as they know it - and as they will shape it - is a far more complicated place than the comparatively more innocent teen years of earlier generations. To create a future that is bright, we need to arm its leaders with skills, compassion and confidence. By drawing attention to youth's positive deeds, The Mayor's 100 Teens empowers them to continue marching enthusiastically into that future.”
Here are capsules on each of the Coronado selections.
Joseph Beggs - Overcoming the deaths over the years of his father, brother and grandfather, Joseph has been volunteering weekly for Dream Power Animal Rescue, helping out with adoption fairs and special events.
Nominated by: Andrea Jay, volunteer coordinator of Dreampower Animal Rescue.
Nominator's comment: “He's an extremely valuable and selfless young man.”
Joseph's goal: “Through my words and actions, to show people there is still some good left in the world.”
Greg Broughton - While maintaining a high grade-point average, he plays on the school tennis team and volunteers in the community in a number of ways. These include working at the Memorial Hospital Blood Bank, tutoring middle school students, teaching self- defense at summer camps and serving in his church youth group.
Nominated by: Susan Goerzen, a family friend.
Nominator's comment: “Greg is well rounded. He has deep character traits and is so likeable.”
Greg's goal: “To use my God-given abilities to provide servant leadership.”
Alex Kosley - His mother's death when he was in middle school helped inspire him to improve his grades and become a class leader. Teachers describe him as dependable, involved, cheerful and upbeat.
Nominated by: school staff member Patti Margrave
Nominator's comment: “Alex's dedication to personal reflection fosters wisdom beyond his 16 years. I'm honored to recommend him.”
Alex's goal: “To graduate from business school and become a successful business owner.”
Lauren Peterson - An avid musician, she has played in school bands since sixth grade. A member of the National Honor Society, Lauren also competes in swimming, track and volleyball. She works at a part-time job and has volunteered at the Salvation Army, the Red Cross Shelter, the Marion House soup kitchen and her church.
Nominated by: Carol Carter Freudenberg, a neighbor who enjoys hearing her play the saxophone.
Nominator's commment: “Her accomplishments are significant. She overcomes obstacles and continues to better herself.”
Lauren's goal: “To travel the world and enjoy myself while serving and contributing to other cultures and communities.”
Maddie Shields - Service-oriented, Maddie's volunteer efforts have included tutoring Whittier Elementary students, cleaning up Camp Creek down 31st Street, coaching a younger girls' softball team, conducting cleanups at Coronado and serving as the Student Council's treasurer. Work-ing toward the Girl Scout Gold award, she is collecting supplies for the kitchen at KPC Kids Place (a respite care nursery for families in crisis). Despite asthma issues, she plays school sports and has captained the soccer team for three years.
Nominated by: Wini Klein, Girl Scout leader.
Maddie's goal: To become a broadcaster or reporter for a big-time news station.
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