Lost River High School student heading to D.C.

Merrill, Ore. – A 16-year-old student from Merrill is one of only about 100 students from across the nation selected for a special program next week in Washington, D.C.

Jessica Cobian of Lost River High School is heading to the United State Senate Youth Program this weekend. “I’m really excited to have the opportunity to go represent small schools, small dogs,”  said Cobian.

Mazama Student Sergio Cisneros was selected for the program back in 2008. He said, “To interact and learn about government, and more importantly for me what it was, was an opportunity to ask questions.” Cisneros now teaches at Lost River High School, and he helped Jessica apply for the program. “Jessica had the hunger and the ambition to go farther in life,” said Cisneros on Cobian’s selection.

But, life hasn’t always been easy for Jessica, as her father Everado was deported in 2009. Cobian notes that her Dad is still part of her inspiration, “He just said, ‘You guys will succeed – and I know you guys will succeed,’ and that’s been my drive.”

Jessica Cobian’s selection also brings a $5,000 scholarship. Sergio Cisneros added that the program will also give Cobian a chance to sharpen her leadership skills, “I hope she’ll come back to this community and share those stories, and then hopefully inspire the upcoming junior high students.”

“And I want them to know that they can lead, and that they will lead, and that the future of a country depends on who will step up – and I want them to step up.” added Jessica Cobian.

Cobian has set a goal of attending the U.S. Naval Academy to study computer engineering. To do that, she’ll need a recommendation from an Oregon U.S. Senator or Representative.

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.Lyle's job history is quite colorful. 

He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.

"The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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