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Letter: Willman’s attributes

For three seasons I had the good fortune to help out with the Glenwood Springs High School Mock Trial team.

The demands on the team were tough.

Starting in August: Learn the particulars of a complex legal trial case; become proficient (and persuasive) in presenting both sides; compete in October in New York against teams from most of the continental U.S. as well as from several other nations; return home. Start over with a new case, prep, compete regionally, statewide, go to nationals. Practices were three times a week, and increased as competition dates loomed.

The kids I observed were: hormonal, mercurial, emotional, exasperating, exuberant, impudent, vulnerable, competitive, endearing. They sometimes seemed like random planetoids caroming through space, seeking an orbit.

Charlie was their guidance system. He understood that despite the external apparent randomness of adolescent behavior, at the core he had the gift and responsibility of guiding eight wonderful young people to realize their potential for critical analysis, focused thinking and trenchant discourse.

He listened to their complaints, objections (and on occasions, whining) but never coddled them. Rather he put the onus on them to suggest solutions when they had contentious moments.

Sometimes he didn’t say or do the right thing. He would acknowledge, apologize and move on.

Reflecting on those hundreds of hours I spent with Charlie and the team, I can say of his attributes: formidable work ethic and stamina; trust; long-range vision; teamwork: compassion; leadership; punctuality; sense of humor.

What do you think, voters? Are these qualities that would serve well a Glenwood Springs city councilman?

Carol Craven

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