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Braden Draggoo | A leader to watch

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Photo provided Luke Kindred is one of those individuals who leads by serving and has proven he is ready to take on challenges, whether on the sports field or a team of his student peers.

Oroville’s Luke Kindred is one of those individuals who leads by serving and has proven he is ready to take on challenges, whether it is on the sports field or a team of his student peers.

His parents instilled the values of faith, family and responsibility from an early age. He has built on this solid foundation as he has journeyed in the halls, on the field and in his walk of life. He holds his faith and his family very near and dear to his heart.

From his early years, Luke has been athletic and liked soccer, swimming, water skiing, wake boarding, snow skiing and boarding, basketball, football and golf.

He has had a ball in hand since he learned what they were. Luke started playing football in the seventh grade at Oroville and has been playing quarterback for the past six years. Luke led the Oroville Hornets to the playoffs both his junior and senior years. He was selected to the first team all-league team three times. During his senior season,

Luke performed brilliantly on the football field and earned league most valuable player honors — first team offense at quarterback and first team defense playing free safety. On June 21 Luke will travel to Yakima to play in the East-West All-Star game.

Sports have helped Luke be a leader on the field and just as interesting is what this young man has done off the field and where he is going.

These amazing things are what caught my eye and impressed me the most. I started dealing with Luke through the high school organization — Future Business Leaders of America. He has been active in this club during his high school career. Luke is the current president for the North Central Washington Chapter of FBLA and vice president of the state association. Luke had a vision and a big dream to build a relationship between FBLA and Wenatchee Valley College. What better place for these student business leaders than on a college campus and what great exposure for WVC to have 400 prospective students enjoying the Valley’s lovely campus? Luke and his team made it happen!! The 2013 state FBLA conference on Wenatchee’s campus was successful and he is hoping that it can grow and change for the better in the future, even if he is not at the helm of FBLA.

Another facet of Luke’s leadership journey has included a trip to Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey, as part of an entrepreneur leadership program sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, and in conjunction with the International Education and Resource Network. Luke met with students in Turkey, toured important landmarks, and made presentations in youth entrepreneurship.

From traveling all over the world, eating dinner at the US Embassy in Turkey, and being interviewed by Turkish TV, it is clear that this young man has a lot going for him on and off the field.

Luke is an honor society member and will graduate from Oroville High School in June and will also be graduating from WVC North, Omak Campus, with an associate of arts degree at the same time.

It has been my honor to work closely with this young man — he is a wonderful example of a community leader whom family and friends can be proud of. I look forward to seeing him do many more outstanding things in the future.

Braden Draggoo is a former athlete for Wenatchee Valley College who is passionate about building connections between the institution and the community.

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