Scarselli student returns from leadership conference |

Scarselli student returns from leadership conference

Staff Reports

Ivy Barkdoll attended the Junior Young Leader Conference in Washington, D.C, this summer.
Special to The R-C |

Ivy Rose Barkdoll traveled to Washington D.C. July 28 through Aug. 2 as part of the Junior National Young Leaders Conference joining over 250 outstanding middle school students from across the United States.

Ivy is granddaughter of long-time resident Diana Thomas and daughter of Rebecca Smith and Brandon Barkdoll. Brandon was a student at Whittell High School class of 2000. Rebecca is a graduate of Douglas High School.

Ivy was nominated by Scarselli Elementary teacher Chelsea Hawkins because she is an exemplary student maintaining a 4.0 GPA. Ivy is interested in achieving her goal of becoming a Kindergarten teacher. She has volunteered with Kinder Buddies, Cheetah Club and Anti-bullying Weekly. Ivy is also in the gifted and talented program at Scarselli.

Themed “Voices of Leadership: Reflecting on the Past to Create the Future,” the Junior National Young Leaders Conference introduces young people to the rich tradition of leadership throughout American history, while helping them to develop their own leadership skills.

“The aim of the conference is to inspire students to recognize their own leadership skills, measure their skills against those of current and former leaders and return home with new confidence in their ability to exercise positive influence within their communities,” said Marguerite Regan, Ph.D., Dean of Academic Affairs for the Congressional Youth Leadership Council, the organization that sponsors JrNYLC. “Young people are not only welcome in Washington, D.C., they actually keep this city and our country running.”

During the six-day program, students took part in educational activities and presentations and explored relevant sites, such as Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, West Virginia and Washington, D.C.’s museums and memorials.

In addition to examining notable U.S. leaders and historic figures, students studied the impact of leadership throughout critical periods of American history including the Civil War and Reconstruction, World War II, the Great Depression and the Civil Rights Movement.