Letter: Another student for Willman
I am currently a junior at GSHS, I’ve been on the mock trial team for three years now, and I’ve spent two of those three years on team one with Charlie Willman as my head coach. He’s not only helped me in mock trial but has helped me as a person.
Before the regional competition I had to run a closing in front of Charlie. After I did, he made me put my hands in the air and told me that that’s how big I should feel and told me that my performance was great. This was the first boost of confidence I had during my freshman year.
At the end of the year my coach encouraged me to try out for team one. I went in thinking I wouldn’t make the team but that it would be a good experience for the next year.
During the beginning of the year, I was one of two sophomores on a team where we had five seniors and one junior. One day, Charlie pulled me aside after practice and reassured me that he put me on the team because he believed I was good and smart enough to be on team one, that he knew that I had good ideas, and all I needed to do was speak up.
After that conversation I began to open up more and give ideas to the team. Charlie has taught me work ethic, self-confidence in and out of the courtroom and has pushed me to perform better than I ever thought I could. He’s also taught me to become a leader.
Mock trial has become my second home, and Charlie has become my mentor for the last two years. Charlie is selfless and dedicated to those around him and he’s shown this not only to every mock trial team he’s coached, but also his family, friends, clients and the city of Glenwood Springs by helping with the development of the downtown area.
Charles Willman is the ideal person for the City Council seat, Ward 3.
Brittany Gutierrez Zacarias
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