Boyz II Men, Colorado politics style

Chase Penry, the son of former state Sen. Josh Penry, and David Brophy, the son of former state Sen. Greg Brophy.  (Brophy photo)

When they were little boys, they lived across the state from each other but occasionally played together at the state Capitol when their dads brought them to work.

These days, Chase Penry and David Brophy live in the metro area and face each other on the basketball court. Chase attends Cherry Creek High School while David goes to Arapahoe High School.

The teens’ dads are former Sen. Josh Penry, who was from Grand Junction, and former state Sen. Greg Brophy, who was from Wray.

“It’s a small world after all,” the senior Brophy said. “As a parent in sports, it really changes the nature of the game when you know and truly like the opposition kids. You want him to play well, but his team to lose!”

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Secretary Wayne Williams encourages Inspire Colorado members

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams is flanked by Cherry Creek High School students at the Inspire Colorado awards dinner Sunday at History Colorado. From left to right: Patrick Neuens, Sarah Hait, Williams, Kara Henry and Julie Phillips.
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams is flanked by Cherry Creek High School students at the Inspire Colorado awards dinner Sunday at History Colorado. From left to right: Patrick Neuens, Sarah Hait, Williams, Kara Henry and Julie Phillips. (SOS photo)

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams urged high school students with Inspire Colorado to stay involved in democracy even after they graduate from high school.

He said they could volunteer with a campaign or march in a parade.

Eaglecrest High School students Josh Rasp and Kara Hancock at the Inspire Colorado dinner, where Rasp received an award. (SOS photo.)
Eaglecrest High School students Josh Rasp and Kara Hancock at the Inspire Colorado dinner, where Rasp received an award. (SOS photo.)

“You have a chance to continue to make a difference,” Williams said during Inspire Colorado’s awards dinner Sunday night at History Colorado. “That is my hope for you.”

It was the third time that Williams has addressed the group since its inception last year. The nonpartisan organization works with high school juniors and seniors to prepare them for the responsibility of voting as they began to reach eligibility, at age 18. Members do that by registering their fellow students to vote and doing get-out-the-vote efforts for elections.

The youth-led group recently hosted a candidate forum at History Colorado, where Williams also spoke.

Yuma High School seniors Navil Babonoyaba, Rubi Rodriquez and Andrea Hermosillo with Josh Hardesty, the program coordinator for Inspire Colorado. Hermosillo won an award from the group. (SOS photo)
Yuma High School seniors Navil Babonoyaba, Rubi Rodriquez and Andrea Hermosillo with Josh Hardesty, the program coordinator for Inspire Colorado. Hermosillo won an award from the group. (SOS photo)

At the dinner, attended by students and their families, Inspire Colorado handed out two Outstanding Inspired Leader Awards.

Eaglecrest High School junior Josh Rasp got almost 90 percent of the senior class to register to vote. Eaglecrest is in Centennial.  Yuma High School senior Andrea Hermosillo got almost 95 percent.

Rasp attended the event with his parents and brother Jake and his girlfriend Kara Hancock.

Hermosillo attend with fellow Yuma students Navil Babonoyaba and Rubi Rodriguez. Both Hermosillo and Babonoyaba addressed the Inspire Colorado crowd.