Denver Post Announces Winners of 2012 Colorado Voices
Here are the winners of the 2012 Denver Post Colorado Voices competition, now in its 13th year. A panel of judges selected them out of hundreds of applicants, with an eye toward offering a diverse representation of writers around the state. Each writer will have the opportunity to write five or more columns for us over the next year. We hope you check them out online at denverpost.com/opinion. — Barbara Ellis, Colorado Voices coordinator
Cindy Anderson of Golden is an administrator at Metropolitan State University of Denver. In her application, she described herself as a “mom, room mom, soccer mom, room mom, basketball mom, golf mom, after-prom-planner mom and single mom.”
Monique Cassidy of Longmont teaches high school language arts in Fort Collins. One of her greatest accomplishments was winning the Tattered Cover Bookmark Contest as a sixth-grader. She wants to write about “why we should always ALWAYS question authority,” among other things.
Tomas Da Cruz of Englewood is a senior at Cherry Creek High School. He has lived in Portugal, Scotland, France and Switzerland, and moved to the United States in the seventh grade. He said he intends to write “with the wry sarcasm of a teenager.”
Calvin Ray Davis of Empire is a manager of a gardening company, a part-time butler, a waiter at Echo Lake Lodge and a mural artist. He is also a published poet and says he has been a “spoken-word artist” throughout Denver.
Kevin Fitch of Thornton is an English teacher at Westwood College. His entries included a piece on a neighbor: “It’s not always enjoyable talking with an old man who sees everyone from the government to the landords to the kids in the street as in league with the ‘Mexicans’ out to get him.”
Pamela Green of Boulder is a former technical writer, education consultant and editor turned online bookseller. She writes: “You’re probably not familiar with my published work, unless you’ve read the best-selling ‘Introduction to Large System Storage Management’ (the best review was ‘rich and compelling’)”.
Marcus Haggard of Colorado Springs is co-owner of a marketing company in Colorado and is currently pursuing graduate studies in political and economic development at Harvard University. If you recognize the last name, that’s because his father, Ted Haggard, is founder of the New Life Church in Colorado Springs.
Alex Johnson of Denver is a sophomore at the University of Denver studying business. He works on the school’s student newspaper, The Clarion, where he writes both news and opinion, and has been a volunteer for local campaigns.
Nicola Kearns-Beattie of Denver grew up in Cardiff, capital of Wales, and immigrated to the United States in 1963. “Now, driving up I-70,” she writes, “I see the tailings of gold and silver mines, and know that Welsh miners lived and died up there.”
Harris Kenny of Denver is a policy analyst at the Reason Foundation. He considers himself libertarian (fiscally conservative, socially liberal), and believes that “this perspective would be a valuable resource for your readers tired of seeing partisan politics trump policy.”
Wesley O’Dell of Colorado Springs is an unaffiliated voter who admits that he usually votes Republican, and promises to provide a “sensible, not extreme” conservative voice. He is trained as a cabinetmaker, holds a contractor’s license, and plays blues guitar.
Andy Peters of Denver describes himself as a “member of this city’s growing class of young professionals, one of the folks making places like Cap Hill, Uptown and even Five Points hum.” His goal is to “opine on the policies that will continue to attract and retain the young people who sustain” Denver.
Barb Redford of Arvada is a stay-at-home mom to four kids. She promises to write on subjects like eliminating Colorado’s caucus system, and bringing new ideas on funding public education. Among them: Sell advertising space the way that newspapers and sports stadiums do.
Yvette Roberts of Gunnison is a retired teacher. She writes that she will bring a different perspective to the pages of The Post, that of being “the offspring of a possible illegal immigrant and part Cherokee.” She was named a Mater Educator by the Colorado High School Press Association in 2011.
Mark Ruszczycky of Mead is a retired physician who is now spending his time painting and writing (see his column below). In one of his entries, he wrote about buying cars: “Seems, once, we bought only American cars. they were all pretty good — for the first 50,000 miles.”
Lori Smith of Westminster describes herself as a Colorado native, a ghostwriter, author and as someone who is “outspoken in most walks of life, having sampled along the way things that are now gone and others that should be.” She raised three daughters, and “now faces raising myself.”
Sonia Stovall of Aurora moved to Colorado in 2005 from Nebraska. She is a lawyer by education, a single parent, federal employee, a former television broadcaster and a “PBS geek” whose first act on Sunday morning is checking to see if her copy of the newspaper has arrived.
Flo Tonelli of Littleton is the mother of seven children and grandmother to 16. “They teach me more about life in the 21st century than 24/7 news,” she writes. She calls herself the voice of the Silent Generation, those folks born between 1925 and 1942.
Tom Westfall of Sterling is a retiree who has written a column in the Yuma Pioneer for seven years. His work has also appeared in the Sterling Journal Advocate. He says he’s unafraid to stir things up, and is never reticent about sharing his opinions.
Maya Wheeler of Aurora is a community liaison helping individuals and families navigate the health care system. She says she will bring an African-American female’s perspective to The Post. She is also a single mother of three children.Read more: Introducing: 2012 Colorado Voices – The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/opinion/ci_21438448/introducing-2012-colorado-voices#ixzz25XpcmnJ3