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CSU–Pueblo names 2017-2018 President Leadership Program Class

Release Date: May 18, 2017

Cora Zaletel

Executive Director, External Affairs

Colorado State University-Pueblo


Colorado State University-Pueblo names 2017-2018 President Leadership Program Class

PUEBLO – Twenty students have been named to the 2017-2018 freshman class of the President’s Leadership Program (PLP) at Colorado State University – Pueblo. The students were selected by a committee of campus and community board members and students from the PLP program.

Currently in its 18th year, the PLP program is one of 11 higher education institutions to participate in the Colorado Leadership Alliance, a consortium of comprehensive leadership education programs at undergraduate institutions across Colorado. Through shared resources and collaborative efforts, CLA aims to develop the next generation of Colorado's leaders.

The PLP develops and trains emerging leaders at CSU-Pueblo through an academic leadership program focused on academics, service and experiential learning. Scholars are given opportunities to obtain leadership experience through mentoring, internships, and presentations by leaders in various fields from government and education to the service sectors. PLP students also earn a minor in leadership studies. 

Eligible candidates are graduating high school seniors who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher and who display leadership potential, intellectual curiosity, and a commitment to something outside themselves. PLP challenges participants to identify and engage in leadership issues facing Southern Colorado. Participants must retain no less than a 3.0 grade point average at CSU-Pueblo to maintain eligibility status.

The following students are members of the 2017-18 PLP freshman class:

Cheyenne Wells, CO

Dace Ball

Jaime Huerta

Colorado Springs, CO

Ashley Polk

Firestone, CO

Nikayta Neu

Fowler, CO

Teyah Schiffer


Alex Autobee, Pueblo West

Shelby Bishop, Pueblo Centennial

Robert Boyer, Pueblo East

Gianna Chavez, Pueblo Centennial

Alex Daugherty, Pueblo West

Mark Hedrick, Pueblo School for Engineering and Biomedical Science

Laura Martino, D70 Online

Samantha Medina, Pueblo East

Tezla Neighbours, Pueblo Centennial

Noah Suazo, Pueblo East

Rye, CO

Ben Cason, Rye

Luis Ladero Emcimozo, Rye

Swink, CO

Kylie Krueger


Kalispell, MT

Nicole Bouma

Salem, OR

Cole Rumrill

Colorado State University - Pueblo is a regional, comprehensive university emphasizing professional, career-oriented, and applied programs. Displaying excellence in teaching, celebrating diversity, and engaging in service and outreach, CSU-Pueblo is distinguished by access, opportunity, and the overall quality of services provided to its students.

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