Intern Bio’s

 

Alec Camhi

Alec Camhi

My name is Alec Camhi, and I'm a junior at Cherry Creek High School. I have been deeply involved in politics for as long as I can remember: back in Connecticut, where I grew up, my grandmother was a member of the city board of education for twelve years, the chairwoman of the Democratic City Committee for twenty-eight years, a member of the state board of education for the final three years of her life, and a DNC super delegate for about three decades. Unsurprisingly, I have thus grown up with politics and government around me for my whole life, and I have a great deal of admiration for those who serve us in the government everyday. I have been raised to understand the value and importance of every level of government - not just the ones that are constantly in the spotlight - because I have always been so deeply involved with local races and news. The workings and activities of municipal and other local governments are often overlooked, but they often have at least as an important impact on the daily lives of those under its jurisdiction. I am excited to carry the tradition of local involvement with which I grew up in Connecticut out to Colorado!

Asha Banerjee

Asha Banerjee

Hello! My name is Asha Banerjee and I am a senior at Cherry Creek High School. I am extremely involved with current events. I am a debate captain this year and last year was president of the Model United Nations club. I was born and raised in Colorado but have spent every summer and winter in India, visiting family. Outside of school, I love reading and watching movies. After studying international government for so long, I am very excited and curious about local municipal government.

Ashley Folkman

Ashley Folkman

When i was one day old i was adopted, and if i could remember it, that would be my first memory of government. I am the only one out of my 5 brothers and sisters with blonde hair and brown eyes. I attend cherrycreek highschool and i love it! I turned 17 january 20th 2012. my favorite subject in school is, and has always been, science. My plans after highschool are to attend the University of Northern Colorado in order to Major in Biochem and minor in education. I have wanted to be a teacher since 1st grade when i got to write on my teachers overhead. I am currently writing an Oped peice for the Denver Post and I am very excited to be starting this internship as government has always interested me.

Austin Bridgforth

Austin Bridgforth

I am 18 years old, born on Aug. 25th, 1995. I am currently a senior at Cherry Creek High School, playing my second year on Varsity lacrosse, and maitnining 3.5 GPA from last year with 6 AP credits. My academic scope is very broad, from taking Sci-Fi class to AP Comparative Government to AP Calculus. I've always retained an interest in government and the study of people - highlighted through courses such as AP US Government, Comparative Government, World history and European history - through which I have developed my core,world opinions. All in all, I am very excited to peer into the world of locally run government and expand my view of the great city I live in.

Baily Call

Baily Call

I was born from a construction worker and hardworking woman; I am the youngest of 5 girls. My family is one prided on hard work, and determination. I am a junior at Cherry Creek and plan on going to University of Vermont. I plan on getting a Bachelor of Arts in history and minor in Holocaust Studies. I hope to one day travel New England and soon after, the world!

Brett Maney

Brett Maney

My name is Brett Maney, and I'm a junior at Littleton High School. I'm very interested in politics, and hope to become a political speech writer or work in political communications. I love thinking about how words will be perceived, and helping others to better communicate their thoughts. At my school, I am a captain on the Speech and Debate team where I participate in Original Oratory. I also play field hockey, swim and play golf.

Ethan Widoff

Ethan Widoff

My name is Ethan Widoff and I am a junior at Cherry Creek High School. Ever since I have been little kid, I have had a dream of changing the world. Because of this dream, I am excited for the opportunity to serve for Mr. Presley and learn what it takes to serve as a leader in government. In the classroom, I am a very dedicated student and have a passion for History and the Social Sciences. I also compete in Speech and Debate and serve on Creek's National Honor Society and Student Senate. Outside of school, baseball takes up most of my free time. I am a middle infielder in the Cherry Creek program, and my team and I have captured two League Championships, a AABC 16U State Championship, a AABC 15U National Berth, and a AABC 16U Regional Birth. Additionally, I enjoy fly fishing and horseback riding in the offseason. Finally, community service is a very important part of my life. My cousin Derek Rudawsky suffers from a very serious form of childhood epilepsy called Dravet Syndrome. He struggles with many everyday activities that many take for granted, yet he never complains and always has a smile on his face and is a huge inspiration to me and all who meet him. Therefore, when I was 9 years old, I decided to take a stand against childhood epilepsy in hopes of one day finding a cure, so I held a charity golf-fundraiser for my birthday party that year. I continued holding charitable events for my birthday every year until in 2009 when I was awarded the Prudential Spirit of Community Award, a national award recognizing two students from each state for his or her philanthropic efforts. After receiving this award I decided that I wanted to take it one step further so I organized a group of seven student co-chairs, and we began organizing the first annual 5k event called Derek's Dash. The annual event has gone on for 5 years now, and we have been able to raise over $165,000 for the Dravet Syndrome Foundation. Now doctors around the world are working to find a cure for this disease. I dream of sparking a flame of inspiration that one day might change that world, and I believe that this internship is a great way to further learn how to make this happen.

Gladys Terrazas

Gladys Terrazas

Hi! My name is Gladys and I am currently a senior at Cherry Creek High School. I was born March 30, 1997 and I am the youngest of three girls. I have several options for college but I plan to stay in Colorado as it has been my home since I was born. I want to study Psychology with a minor in Spanish. I want to travel to many parts of the world as I believe it to be the best way to open the mind to different cultures and new perspectives. I am very excited about this internship because government affects us all in our everyday lives even when we don't realize it!

Jackie Lombardi

Jackie Lombardi

My name is Jackie Lombardi, and I’m a senior at Littleton High School. At Littleton, I’m DECA President, Student Body Vice President, and Business Editor of the Yearbook. I’m also active on Political Action Committee and a member of FBLA and National Honor Society. Through the IB program, I have also completed over 250 service hours in the past year. I’m very interested in politics and business and hope to learn a lot about municipal government through this internship.

Jeiel Mensah

Jeiel Mensah

I grew up in Ghana for the first 9 years of my life. I was born in a small suburb just outside of the capital city of Accra, called Tema. My earliest memories of government was dealing with American immigration. Currently, I attend Littleton High School and participate in both Student Council and International affairs club. My interest cover a broad spectrum from computers and software engineering to speech and debate to participating in FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America). I recently took part in the Junior Achievement Stock market challenge where I and team of 4 others traded $500,000 of make believe stock in a fictitious simulation of the stock market. After 60 minutes we ended with almost $2,000,000 and took 3rd place for Littleton High School out of 58 teams. I'm also really interested in politics in general and excited to watch policy unfold at the municipal level.

Jerry Presley

Jerry Presley

I grew up in Fort Smith, Arkansas and attended Northside High School, where I was a member of the two-time Arkansas State Champion Northside Grizzlies football team. I was elected President of my Sophmore Class and in my Senior year, was elected President of the Student Body. I graduated from Northside in 1970 and one year later, married my high school sweetheart, Aimee Steinbock. The Watergate scandal made me cynical about government and wary of elected officials.

Julie Culver

Julie Culver

Hi, I'm Julie. I am a boston born, first generation American with large ambitions. For as long as I can remember I have wanted to be involved in the government and make a positive change for the people around me. I take part in marching band, and have been playing the clarinet since second grade, and I am an adventure leader; which is a student taught course in coursing student growth through actions and interactions with people they wouldn't normally affiliate themselves with. I am 17 and moved to Colorado from Connecticut when I was about ten. I am a strong willed outgoing young girl who will make a difference.

Karim Zia

Karim Zia

Hi, my name is Karim Zia! I am currently a junior at Cherry Creek High School. At Creek, I hold a 4.0 GPA. I have also played on the Cherry Creek Varsity Soccer team for two seasons, and I will be the captain next season. With my club soccer team, I have won two State Cup Finals and have been a Regional Finalist. I am a member of the Cherry Creek DECA Chapter and will be attending the State Conference at the Broadmoor in the near future. My goal academically is to attend either Emory University, Georgia Tech, or Michigan University. I would love to major in Biomedical Engineering. I also participate in volunteer work at the Anschutz Medial Research Center. At the research center, I am able to receive in-lab experience that will help me greatly in my future studies. However, I plan on using this wonderful opportunity Mr. Presley has granted me with to expand my knowledge and to learn about the different ways local municipal governments work.

Katie Moulton

Murti Nauth

Murti Nauth

My name is Murti Nauth. I'm from Essequibo Coast, Guyana. I've lived in Denver for 9 years with my Mom, two sisters and my step-dad. I attend Littleton High School and I love it! I love to go hiking; this summer I hiked my first fourteener! It was an incredible experience because as difficult as the journey was, it was definitely worth it when we reached the peak. I plan on hiking many more peaks in the summer of 2012, nothing lower than 13,000 ft. I am interested in studying Aerospace Engineering and Business Administration in the future. I also enjoy sports. I am a runner, however my favorite sport to watch is soccer. My favorite sports team is Chelsea FC! I like listening to a variety of music; my favorite artists include Robin Thicke, Kenny G and Keith Urban.

Olivia Solow Niederman

Olivia Solow Niederman

Having just completed my junior year at Cherry Creek High School, I am looking forward to going beyond the classroom to pursue my interests in government, politics, and public policy. For the past two years, I have given back to my community by serving as a board member on the Rose Youth Foundation, where I collaborated with 22 other teenagers to allocate grants to organizations working to better the greater Denver area. In addition to community service, an important part of my life has always been gymnastics. I have competed for USA gymnastics since I was six and have been a member of the varsity team at Cherry Creek High School since freshman year. From maintaining commitments to time management to conquering fears, I have gained so much from all of these experiences and am excited to learn more from serving as an intern for Greenwood Village.

Ragan Anthony

Ragan Anthony

Hello! My name is Ragan Anthony. I am a junior at Cherry Creek High School and am the Junior Class President. I love being involved in the community, and enjoy volunteering where ever I can. I am on Vail's Big Mountain Ski Team and compete in the Junior Freeskiing Tour. On my free time, I love to pick up my clubs and go golfing! I am so excited to join in this internship to learn and grow in my community.

Ryan Patton

Ryan Patton

For my entire life I have lived in Colorado; 3 years in Parker and 14 years in Greenwood Village. I have enjoyed the Colorado environment as I am an avid mountain biker and skier. I am currently a student at Cherry Creek High School and I run on cross country and I am an officer of a community service club called Excalibur. I have always been interested in government since the time I took my first government class in eighth grade. As I have progressed through life I have become more curious about government, especially the government of Greenwood Village-where I have lived most of my life. Although I don't plan to go into policy making necessarily, I do plan to join the Air Force and eventually NASA to carry out the government's policy.

Teller Cunningham

Teller Cunningham

I am extremely excited to be involved in municipal government. I am a Sophomore at Cherry Creek High School who is involved in Student Senate and the Cherry Creek Adventure Program, one of the few programs in the country that allows students to facilitate on an adventure course. I am pursuing many interests from government and history to math and science. I am undecided about what my future may hold but am a proved leader among my class and see myself in a leadership role throughout my life. I am involved in my church, Our Father Lutheran, and K-Life, a younglife style youth group. During my Junior year of high school I hope to become a page for the US Senate in Washington D.C., giving me further insight to the process behind our government.

Zak Kayal

Zak Kayal

For the first thirteen years of my life, I lived in and around Philadelphia. After moving to Greenwood Village in 2008, I began attending Campus Middle School. I am currently a junior at Cherry Creek High School, where I am involved in the Youth Advisory Board, French Honor Society, Gay-Straight Alliance, and Harry Potter Club. I have always been fascinated by government and the ways it affects and interacts with ordinary citizens. This led me to participate in the 2012 National Peace Essay Contest for the United States Institute of Peace and won for the state of Colorado. In college, I hope to major in political science or linguistics.