Teen leaders join special commission

Mesa County Chief Judge David Bottger swears in members of the Mesa County Teen Leadership Commission at the Old Mesa County Courthouse Thursday afternoon

Logan Robison has an interest in teenagers who come from troubled homes, the ones who struggle in school and run afoul of the law.

That’s because his mother, Mesa County District Judge Valerie Robison, has the potential to deal with them and their parents on a daily basis.

It’s why he wanted to join the Mesa County Teen Leadership Commission.

The sophomore at Fruita Monument High School and seven other Grand Valley high school students were sworn in Thursday evening as new members of the commission, which gives youth an opportunity to gain leadership experience while advising county commissioners on topics important to teens.

“I want to help underprivileged kids, the ones that have trouble in school or don’t have good grades,” Robison said after a brief ceremony at the old Mesa County Courthouse.

Parents and friends snapped pictures as a total of 13 teenagers took an oath from Chief District Judge David Bottger.

During a two-day retreat last month, the Teen Leadership Commission identified a number of potential issues they want to tackle this school year, including teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease prevention, suicide prevention and drinking and driving, said county spokeswoman Jessica Peterson, who oversees the group.

In addition to Robison, new commission members include Fruita junior Mason Alpert, Central High School senior Alexis Arredondo, Fruita junior Josh Erkman, Fruita junior Mykenzie Fox, Fruita senior Logan Hawke, Fruita sophomore Milena Johnson and Fruita junior Reanna Kissner.

The returning members are Fruita senior Gwen Gage, Grand Junction High School senior Bryce Moglia-MacEvoy, Grand Junction senior Melanie Mosinski, Central junior Bridgette Roybal and Palisade High School senior Doren Van Dyke.


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