Melia Palaroan thumbs up

Sierra High School's Melia Palaroan joined Colorado High School Activities Association's State Student Council and Leadership team on April 15, 2021, and will assist with various projects. Palaroan said she'll maintain her spot as class president and with Sierra’s student government.

The Colorado High School Activities Association on April 15 tabbed Sierra High School’s Melia Palaroan as a member of its State Student Council and Leadership team.

The team piqued Palaroan’s interest after Sierra recently visited CHSAA for one of the organization’s conferences.

Palaroan said her advisor, Trevor Needham, provided her with an application and suggested she applied to the state student council and leadership team. Her submission received favorable reviews from CHSAA members.

“The committee was impressed by Melia’s application and numerous accomplishments within the Sierra High School community,” said Justin Saylor, CHSAA assistant commissioner, in a release. “She will be an outstanding addition to the CHSAA Leadership team.”

Last year’s State Student Council and Leadership team mitigated obstacles caused by the coronavirus pandemic and adapted the activities schedule accordingly. Palaroan said this year they’ll work with different communities at the local, state and regional levels.

While serving, Palaroan will continue her role as class president and with Sierra’s student government where the Stallions assist with assemblies, fundraisers, community events and more.

“I think working with students at other schools will also help me be a better leader at Sierra,” Palaroan said. “It’s also going to help me develop my leadership skills and network with other students who have similar goals as me.”

Palaroan attributes this success to her family. She said they encourage her to strive for the best and push her to achieve more in school.

“My parents and grandparents have been my number one supporters as well as my sister, who in her own leadership roles has inspired me to thrive and take on my own,” she said. “I’m really excited and grateful because I think this is going to really help me grow as a person.”


Marcus Hill is a reporter for the Southeast Express and Schriever Sentinel. He graduated from Colorado State University-Pueblo in 2012 with a degree in Mass Communication.