College targets LDS high school students, debate ensues

A recruitment letter sent by Northwest College President Paul Prestwich to students who are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has sparked controversy on campus. It also has led many to speak out about conflicts that students and teachers are having with the school’s top administrator.

Earlier this month, Prestwich, an LDS church member, sent about 1,000 letters to LDS high school students touting the school’s benefits and “remarkable opportunities for LDS students.”

First reported a week ago in the Northwest Trail campus newspaper, the letter was sent to a list of students provided by Fred Hopkin, president of the LDS Cody Stake, and was accompanied by a separate letter from Hopkin.

“It’s causing quite a big deal on campus,” said Laci Kennedy, a freshman and member of the Student Senate.

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