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Douglas students in Washington at leaders summit

Staff reports

Sonja Zell, a student at Douglas High School, is in Washington, D.C., as a participant in Presidential Classroom’s international conference, the Future World Leaders Summit, being held there this week.

Joining hundreds of outstanding students from around the globe, Sonja is taking part in seminars presented by leaders representing a variety of countries and international organizations. Venues include the U.S. State Department, the World Bank, the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives and the National Defense University. The schedule includes a private tour of the White House, embassy appointments, a mock World Trade Game and a visit to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Small-group workshops will focus on issues such as human rights, arms control and nationalism. Discussion and debate will be balanced with visits to Washington’s monuments and Smithsonian museums, an evening of political satire with the Capital Steps Troupe and a commencement celebration. The program culminates in a summit meeting where students showcase their diplomatic skills.

Since 1969, Presidential Classroom has provided more than 80,000 of the finest students from the United States and abroad with unprecedented access to Washington’s halls of power and the people shaping public policy. Alumni have gone on to be leaders in their own communities and many, like U.S. Representative Chet Edwards (Tex.) and U.S. Senator Robert Torricelli (N.J.) have returned to Washington as public servants.

Presidential Classroom also offers the PC Scholars Program, the Business, Labor and Public Policy Program and the Science, Technology and Public Policy Program.

Participants must range in age from 16-20, be fluent in English, demonstrate academic and leadership achievement and show commitment to community or school involvement through participation in co-curricular activities.

For more information about Presidential Classroom, call (703) 683-5400 or visit the Web site at http://www.presidential classroom.org.

Students who are interested may still apply for the summer session, including June 12-19, PC Scholars Program; June 19-26, Science, Technology and Public Policy Program; June 26-July 3, Future World Leaders Summit; and July 3-10, PC Scholars Program (includes Independence Day celebration).