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Rankin names interns for 2016 legislative session

McKinley Mueller
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Rep. Bob Rankin, R-Carbondale, has named the students who will be his “interns in the field” this legislative session.

The program began two years ago and included high school juniors. A government or social studies teacher is contacted at each of the high schools in House District 57 and have an opportunity to submit the name of a student to be an intern.

Each student must then submit a resume, letter of intent, photo and answer questions relating to Colorado state government and how it differs from the federal government. The interns are selected from their submissions and teacher recommendations. Each week, the interns report to Rankin about current events and related activities within their community. Interns are also required to visit the Capitol during the legislative session.

Interns selected to participate in the 2016 legislative session, their sponsors and quotes from their submission papers are:

Each week, the interns report to Rankin about current events and related activities within their community.

McKinley Mueller

McKinley is a junior at Glenwood Springs High School sponsored by social studies teacher Christine Smalley.

“Besides my own personal investment in government, I strongly feel that all too often our representatives are out of touch with the people they represent and the needs of their district,” she wrote. “I commend your effort to change that. Not only is this program important because of the insight you gain through steady contact with your constituents, but the young person’s perspective is a tool that is all too often overlooked. This is an opportunity to change that and I really want to be a part of it.”

Andrew Strawbridge

This year, for the first time, Rankin welcomes an intern from Colorado Mountain College. Strawbridge graduated from Belmont High School in Massachusetts and came to Carbondale’s Spring Valley Campus to pursue a business degree. His sponsor is Mary Axelson, a CMC professor in history and developmental sciences.

“I learned the practical side of how a campaign is run and truly began to develop a passion for local civics from serving as a personal assistant to the candidate, Mike Lake, for lieutenant governor of Massachusetts,” he wrote. “I believe an internship with yourself will allow my passion to flourish, and provide me with the opportunity to hone the skills I have learned while simultaneously developing new ones.”

McKenna (Kenna) Sturgeon

Kenna is a junior at Rifle High School who is sponsored by government teacher Jonathan Rice.

“If awarded an internship, I would use the opportunity to improve my communication skills, observe how I can support and help the people of my community (and maybe one day our country), and determine whether I am interested in pursuing a career associated with some level of government,” she wrote.

As part of a senior volunteer program, Kenna added, “I am interviewing seniors on their life stories, and collecting these stories to write into a book. By the end of next year I hope to have this book of stories personally published, so people see the stories of the generations before them.”


Reese is a junior at Glenwood Springs High sponsored by social studies teacher Wayne Smith.

“I feel that this would be such a great experience for me, especially because I’m a junior in high school, starting to think, or plan out my future,” she wrote. “This is key to America’s future, because if we end up with a ton of uneducated citizens, we’ll go nowhere.”

Reese is pursuing photography studies in college.

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