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Returning as a Team Leader

At the completion of each conference the Senior Team Leader and Assistant Senior Team Leader begin the selection process for new Team Leaders. All delegates are evaluated from the moment they arrive at AZYLC until the Awards Banquet on the last day by the staff, instructors, and current team leaders. Delegates are invited to return to AZYLC as a Team Leader based on their Team Leader application and evaluation. Every year we look to bring back the best delegates as Team Leaders; including the Outstanding Student and 1st Runner Up who automatically receive invitations. Previous Team Leaders are invited to return in addition to several new Team Leaders for each conference. We are constantly looking for those delegates who actively participate, demonstrate leadership ability, a willingness to learn, and enthusiasm.  AZYLC Alumni interested in serving as a Team Leader at AZYLC 2019 can email azylc@azylc.org to express interest.  Team leader selections and alternates will be named in April 2019.

AZYLC 2018 Team Leaders

Justice Felton – Senior Team Leader

I am 19 years old and from Phoenix, Arizona. I graduated from Thunderbird High School and am now a junior at Arizona State University majoring in Engineering Management with a minor in Military Leadership. My plan after college is to commission as an officer through the NROTC program at ASU, and start my naval career serving aboard a small combat ship. My favorite activities outside of school are traveling, running and photography. This is my third year as a team leader at Arizona Youth Leadership Conference and my favorite part of the conference is the Leadership Reaction Course.

Katie Lewis – Sapphire Team Leader

Hi guys! My name is Katie Lewis and this is my 4th year as a Team Leader for AZYLC.  I was a delegate in 2014 and was awarded the Patriotic Achievement Award.  Currently I am going to Grand Canyon University for a dual major in Biblical Studies and Psychology. I am a kitten foster and I volunteer at pregnancy centers for young girls. When I’m not doing those things, I’m working at a coffee shop as a barista/manager. I’m looking forward to this year’s AZYLC!

Natasha Loving – Gold Team Leader

I graduated from Millennium High School in Goodyear with the class of 2018. I will be attending the University of Arizona to study Ecology and Evolutionary Biology with a minor in English. I am a Flinn Scholar, an IB Diploma graduate, a theatre enthusiast, a former varsity badminton player, and a maple donut lover. I have spent most of my life in Arizona, but as the daughter of an Army Officer, I have spent time in Georgia, Florida, Germany and more. In my free time I like building tiny houses, going to musicals, and poking my dogs.

Nathan Schrade – Lime Green Team Leader

Hello! I’m Nate Schrade. I am going to be a team leader this year for AZYLC and I’m very excited! I’m going into my senior year at Deer Valley high school this coming year. I’m a varsity volleyball player and I am in student government. My future plans include going to college for political or computer science and to play volleyball. I love to take photos as a hobby as well! I’m excited for this year and I’m looking forward to meeting new people!

Rachel Higgins – Red Team Leader

I am a senior at Desert Ridge High School and currently the Corps Commander of the AFJROTC unit, AZ-20022. Recently, I received the Arizona State Sons of the American Revolution Cadet of the Year Award. I am fascinated by astronomy and hope to pursue a physics major after graduation. This is my first year as an Arizona Youth Leadership Conference Team Leader and my favorite part of the conference is Free Enterprise.

Fernanda Lozano – Maroon Team Leader

I was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, and I am an honors/AP student at Independence High School and will graduate with the class of 2019. I plan on enlisting in the Navy right after high school and returning to college or attending college first and becoming an officer in the navy. My life goals consist of serving my country for a good while, eventually attending law school to be an immigration lawyer and someday running for state office. I also love animals and volunteer and the Phoenix animal shelter when I can. I am heavily involved with NJROTC and am always doing community service with them. This year I will compete on the swim team and will also be participating in a West Mec program to becoming certified as an EMT. I am a writer and often write poetry in my free time with plans to one day publish them.

Daniel Nguyen – Kelly Green Team Leader

I was born in Fort Hood, TX to a military family. I went to school at Liberty HS in Peoria, and I was named most outstanding delegate at the 2016 AZYLC and given the privilege of returning the following year as a team leader. I was awarded the Flinn Scholarship and currently attend ASU studying Biology and Mechanical Engineering with the hopes of attending medical school and becoming a physician in the US Air Force. In my free time at ASU, I enjoy playing rugby on the club team as well as the violin in the orchestra. I am certified as an EMT and volunteer with ASU’s EMS, Peoria Fire-Medical, and Banner UMC’s ER. Over the summer, I studied in with Flinn in China and afterwards cycled across Vietnam.

Robert Boyle – Light Blue Team Leader

This is my second year at AZYLC. I am originally from Boston, Massachusetts, and I moved to Arizona when I was six. I currently attend Desert Ridge High School in Mesa going into my senior year. My goals are to move onto to college, participate in NROTC and major in computer science. I participate in track, cross country, and AFJROTC. Also, I’m a member of National Honor Society. In my free time I love to run, DJ, play basketball and work on computer security.  I really look forward to working with our team this year!

Kendra Wardon – Royal Blue Team Leader

I am a junior at New Mexico State University majoring in Conservation Ecology. With this, I want to create innovative population management techniques for endangered species such as the White Rhino. I love to travel and have been to 4 of the 7 continents. I recently returned from India where I presented at the Women Economic Forum on the importance of mentoring youth and received an award for being a Young Leader Making a Better World for All. This is my third year at a Team Leader at the Arizona Youth Leadership Conference and my favorite part of the conference is the Constitutional Convention.

Jascha Ely – Purple Team Leader

I am 17 years old, homeschooled, and a junior. I have been involved with activities throughout my youth, ranging from archery, competitive swimming, speech and debate, and the young marines. Recently, I was awarded division 6 Young Marine of the year, which is out of the entire west coast. I plan on going to college and getting a degree in Criminology and Justice. and then go to an investigation academy to become an investigator. I enjoy leading, piano, speech and debate, athletics, football, chess, philosophy and much much more!

Oktobre Williams – Orange Team Leader

My name is Oktobre and I am AZYLC’s Orange Team Leader. Yes, I was Born in October. I am an AZ native and have lived in the city of Casa Grande for 17 years. In high school I was the Commanding Officer for my school’s MCJROTC program, the Vice President for National Honor Society, and I was on the Varsity Tennis Team. The subject I enjoyed learning about the most was government. Last summer, I was a delegate at AZYLC. Currently I am an Assistant Manager for Vector Marketing and I work at a café. I enjoy going on long drives exploring Arizona and going to the gym. I have a passion for visiting new places and learning about different cultures. I also am teaching myself sign language. In the future, I plan on enlisting into the military as a Linguist or an Air Traffic Controller and I want to be fluent in several different languages.