The Board of El Paso County Commissioners had some special guests this week that are truly an inspiration to our community.
At its regular meeting Thursday, the Board approved a Proclamation recognizing Jan. 11, 2018 as iInspire Day to honor six youths who have overcome adversity and inspired others.
Brian Armijo, 17, Alannah Garza, 17, Kellen Fortune, 16, Annette Fresquez, 16, Anya Nelsestuen, 11, and Afeworki Zeru, 18, are the inaugural recipients of the iInspire Awards presented at Thursday’s meeting by the Minority Overrepresentation Committee of the Fourth Judicial District and the Educating Children of Color Summit.
Commissioner Mark Waller read the proclamation into the record, later stating, “The name of these awards is aptly appropriate. One thing I say to my kids all the time is ‘We don’t make excuses in life. We overcome adversity in spite of the situation that’s in front of us.’ The six of you epitomize that principle. You’ve had adversity. You could have let it get you down. But you don’t make excuses. And you take your adversity and turn it into opportunity.”
Each of the other commissioners congratulated the recipients, acknowledging their inspirational achievements that include overcoming cancer, juvenile arthritis, personal addiction, domestic challenges and living as an unaccompanied refugee.
“You guys have made tremendously wonderful, positive choices for your lives,” said Commissioner Peggy Littleton. “That is a true testament to inspiration and how you inspire others. You will be excellent leaders as you move forward in life.”
“I am personally impressed and amazed at what you’ve accomplished already,” Board President Darryl Glenn said.
To watch video interviews with each of the six iInspire Award recipients, go to
To watch the Thursday’s Proclamation reading and awards presentation, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DaBhQfCQJkw