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Brockhage going to Washington, D.C. for conference

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Erica Brockage of Gardnerville was selected to attend The National Young Leaders Conference Nov. 14-19 in Washington, D.C.

The NYLC is a unique leadership development program for high school students who have demonstrated leadership potential and scholastic merit. Brockage will be among 350 outstanding National Scholars from around the country to attend the conference.

The theme of the NYLC is “The Leaders of Tomorrow Meeting the Leaders of Today.” Throughout the six-day conference, Brockage will interact with key leaders and newsmakers from the three branches of government, the media and the diplomatic corps.

Highlights of the program include welcoming remarks from the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives and a panel discussion with prominent journalists at the National Press Club. Brockage will also meet with senators and representatives or an appointed member of their staff to discuss important issues facing the nation.

“The National Young Leaders Conference provides an opportunity for students like Erica Brockage to distinguish themselves as tomorrow’s leaders,” said Michael Lasday, executive director of the Congressional Youth Leadership Council, the organization that sponsors the NYLC.

Brockhage is a junior at Douglas High School. She is a varsity cheerleader, a member of the Key Club, Block D Letterman’s Club and National Honor Society and is a peer mentor. She is also student representative for St. Gall Catholic Church Pastoral Council and is a SPIRIT team leader for St. Gall’s Youth Group. She is a member of the Senior Dance Company and a dance teacher at Dance Workshop in Gardnerville.

To complement the schedule of special meetings and briefings, Brockage will also participate in a number of leadership skill-building activities. In one role-play activity known as “If I Were President,” students act as the president and Cabinet members responding to an international crisis. Students also participate in a judicial simulation called “Testing the Constitution,” in which they examine actual Supreme Court cases. The NYLC culminates with the “Model Congress,” in which scholars assume the roles of U.S. representative and debate, amend and vote on proposed legislation.

The CYLC is a non-profit, non-partisan educational organization. Founded in 1985, it is committed to fostering and inspiring young people to achieve their full leadership potential. Over 425 members of the U.S. Congress join this commitment by serving on the CYLC Honorary Congressional Board of Advisors. Each year, 7,000 select, outstanding youths nationwide participate in the 20 session of the NYLC.

For additional information on the NYLC, check the Internet at wwwl.cylc.org.