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DHS senior to attend Young Leaders Conference

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Erin Bell of Minden has been selected to attend The National Young Leaders Conference from Feb. 16-21, 1999, in Washington, D.C.

The National Young Leaders Conference is a unique leadership development program for high school students who have demonstrated leadership potential and scholastic merit. Erin will be among 350 outstanding national scholars attending the conference from across America.

The theme of The National Young Leaders Conference is “The Leaders of Tomorrow Meeting the Leaders of Today.” Throughout the six-day conference, Erin 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 United States House of Representatives and a panel discussion with prominent journalists at the National Press Club. Scholars will visit foreign embassies and receive policy briefings from senior government officials. Erin may also meet with her Senators and Representative or an appointed member of their staff to discuss important issues facing Minden and the nation.

To complement these special meetings and briefings, Erin will participate in a number of leadership skill-building activities. In one activity, “If I Were President,” students role-play the President, members of the Cabinet and representatives from Capitol Hill who must respond to an international crisis.

The National Young Leaders Conference culminates with the “Model Congress,” in which scholars assume the roles of United States Representatives by debating, amending and voting on proposed legislation.

The National Young Leaders Conference is sponsored by the Congressional Youth Leadership Council, a non-profit, non-partisan educational organization. Founded in 1985, the council is committed to “fostering and inspiring young people to achieve their full leadership potential.”

Over 400 members of the United States Congress join this commitment as members of the council’s honorary congressional board of advisors. Each year, only 7,000 outstanding youth nationwide may participate in the 20 sessions of The National Young Leaders Conference.

“The Conference provides the opportunity for students, like Erin, to distinguish themselves as tomorrow’s leaders,” said Michael Lasday, Council Executive Director.

“Scholars not only gain knowledge and experience in the nation’s capital,” he said, “they leave with a sense of accomplishment and an increased ability to face the challenges of the future.”

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