Centennial Students Attend State Leadership Programs

Two groups of students from Centennial High School (CHS) recently spent a portion of their summer honing their leadership skills at separate leadership trainings across New Mexico.

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Centennial High School Juniors (from left to right) Connor Olson, August Rannow, Andrew Angel, and Ryan Ortiz participated in the NM Boys’ State Leadership program.

CHS Juniors Connor Olson, August Rannow, Andrew Angel and Ryan Ortiz, all participated in the American Legion’s New Mexico Boys’ State Leadership Program, May 28 through June 2, at Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) in Portales, NM. The annual leadership program is designed to get the students to develop an understanding of how state government works and appreciate the democratic process in American government, according to the American Legion Boys’ State website.

As part of the program, the students completed a college-level political science class at ENMU which earned each of the students a total of 3 college credits. Expenses for the program, including the cost of the course at ENMU, were paid for by the American Legion Posts and community organizations.

As part of a separate leadership training, CHS Sophmores Kieran Binkley, Noah Butcher, Kaden Taylor, Stephanie Mayfield, Nic Sandoval, Adam Garcia and Eric Romero, all attended the Hugh O’Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership Seminar, June 2 through 4 at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM.

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CHS Students (from left to right): Kieran Binkley, Noah Butcher, Kaden Taylor, Stephanie Mayfield, Nic Sandoval, Adam Garcia, and Eric Romero participated in the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar.

The seminar is designed to help high school sophomores recognize their leadership talents and apply them in becoming effective, ethical leaders in their home, school, workplace, and community. As part of the three-day seminar students participate in hands-on leadership activities, meet leaders in their state, and explore their own personal leadership skills while learning how to make a positive impact in their community, according to the HOBY New Mexico website.

For more information, contact LCPS Communications Coordinator Paul Dahlgren,, (575) 527-5808.