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Capital Conference
The following students have been selected to participate in the Colorado Capital Conference, sponsored by Senator Mark Udall, CMU and the University of Colorado. Attendees will have a unique opportunity to interact with the nation’s leaders in Washington, D.C. June 5-7.


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Students selected for Capital Conference

The following students have been selected to participate in the Colorado Capital Conference, sponsored by Senator Mark Udall, CMU and the University of Colorado. Attendees will have a unique opportunity to interact with the nation’s leaders in Washington, D.C. June 5-7.

Clarissa Blackmer graduated in 2007 from Clear Creek High School in Evergreen, Colo. After one year of college, Blackmer took time off to travel and work. She returned to college at CMU in 2011 to study mass communication.

Megan Bronson is a senior history and secondary education major from Evergreen, Colo., working on her pre-internship at Grand Mesa Middle School. She loves research and history, and looks forward to sharing her experience with her future students.

Caleb Ferganchick is a sophomore political science student. He’s interested in generating interest for college grassroots movements and state and local government using modern technology.

Jamie Kavanaugh attended Friends School of Baltimore and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Sociology from Western State Colorado University. Kavanaugh became a paramedic and the Director of Clear Creek Emergency Medical Services after graduation and currently works as a Flight Paramedic with St. Mary’s CareFlight while finishing prerequisite courses at CMU to attend medical school.

Travis Madsen grew up outside of Brighton, Colo. He is majoring in political science and plans to attend the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver upon graduation. He is fascinated with environmental law and would like to eventually own and operate a small law firm and run for office near Denver.

Cheyenne Paningsoro was raised in La Palma, Calif. She is a sophomore majoring in mass communication and minoring in English, as well as a second-year student ambassador and member of Associated Student Government (ASG). She also works as a resident assistant.

Shannon Vassen is a third-year Political Science major. At Mesa, Vassen has conducted research examining public and elite political psychology, direct democracy and key social issues, including K-12 education. Vassen plans to attend graduate school to become more involved in the legislative process.

Megan Velarde was born in Pueblo, Colo. and graduates in May with a degree in political science. She is interested in working for a nongovernmental organization and enjoys spending time with family and friends when she is not at school studying or participating in ASG.

Marshall Anderson, Karly Szabo and Lauren Hauger where also selected.

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