Two Summit High freshmen will protest war on Iraq today |

Two Summit High freshmen will protest war on Iraq today

BRECKENRIDGE – Two Summit High School students have organized a protest against the possible war on Iraq – the first student-led protest in the county.

The event is slated for 9:30 a.m. today at the Breckenridge Town Hall and police station on Ski Hill Road.

Freshmen Allison Helmer of Keystone and Jenna Langseth of Breckenridge distributed flyers at the high school and invited others to attend.

“I am thrilled they’re taking their citizenship this seriously,” said Sue Carr-Novotny, who has participated in a variety of protests against a war with Iraq this year. “I’m proud of the fact they’re standing up for what they believe in. It’s a reflection of the rest of the country; there are kids who disagree. That is democracy in action. I think it’s so exciting.”

Novotny, who was arrested recently for protesting at the Halliburton Oil company in Denver, said her faith tells her the prospective war is wrong.

“I think it’s a war for oil, for the profits for a few,” she said. “I don’t think we’ve cared about the freedom of the Iraqi people, or we would have done this 20 years ago when Saddam came to power.”

Every Friday from 5-6 p.m., Novotny and others participate in a “Friday Afternoon Club Peace Hour” and protest the war on street corners. This Friday, they’ll be at the intersection of Highway 9 and Valley Brook/Highlands Road north of Breckenridge.

Jane Stebbins can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 228 or

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