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Sunday night’s graduation ceremony of Los Alamos Youth Leadership (LAYL) participants was all about being a positive force and leading by example with character and conviction.
“There are leaders and there are those who help leaders to lead,” Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy told the teens at Central Avenue Grill. “And then there are snipers – those who sit in the weeds, hide in the background and write in the blogs ... These snipers do nothing to contribute to others.”
Torpy praised the youth for their many community-oriented accomplishments, including fundraising projects from which they contributeed the proceeds to area organizations that help the needy.
“These young folks are really a small measure of a lot of good kids in our community,” Torpy said. “As police chief it’s an honor for me to work with this community and even a greater honor to work with these young folks.”
Torpy also thanked Sharon Stover, whom he described as the engine behind LAYL and many other community programs and projects.
James E. Holloway, assistant secretary of education for rural areas, presented a motivational talk to the graduates. He took a moment to look around the roomful of chipper teens, proud parents and enthusiastic community leaders.
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