RUMFORD — Mountain Valley High School sophomore Katie Collette was selected to attend the Maine Youth Leadership program as an ambassador in mid-May. The program is a four-day leadership conference at the University of Southern Maine’s campus in Gorham.

Collette shows developing leadership skills in team sports such as alpine ski team, softball and soccer. She works as a ski instructor at Black Mountain and participates in youth ministry.

A committee consisting of Christopher Decker, vice principal; Jim Ippolito, guidance counselor; and Dorothy Peters, English teacher, selected the MYL ambassador. Peters said, “Katie has leadership skills like empathy and maturity beyond her years. The MYL program will help her grow those skills and learn new ones.”

According to the website, MYL’s goal is “to motivate Maine’s future leaders and create a network of civic-minded students who will better their communities through volunteering.”

MYL programs are provided free of charge to students. Program expenses are paid through donations to the nonprofit organization.


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