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McCrosky off to youth leadership

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Jennifer McCrosky of Gardnerville has been selected to attend The National Young Leaders Conference from Jan. 30 to Feb. 4, 2001, in Washington, D.C.

The NYLC is a unique leadership development program for high school students who have demonstrated leadership potential and scholastic merit. Jennifer 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, Jennifer 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. Jennifer will also meet with senators and representatives or an appointed member of their staff to discuss important issues facing the nation.

Jennifer is a student at Douglas High School and is involved in varsity softball and volleyball, is a Block D member and Science Club member. She is also a St. Gall SPIRIT leader. She won the National Student Athlete Day Award and was accepted to Chaminade University of Honolulu with a $20,000 scholarship.

“The National Young Leaders Conference provides an opportunity for students like Jennifer McCrosky to distinguish themselves as tomorrow’s leaders,” said Michael Lasday, executive director of the Congressional Youth Leadership Council (CYLC), the organization that sponsors the NYLC. “Scholars not only gain knowledge and experience in the nation’s capital, they leave with a sense of accomplishment and an increased ability to face the challenges of the future.”

To complement the schedule of special meetings and briefings, McCrosky 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 an actual Supreme Court case. The NYLC culminates with the “Model Congress,” in which scholars assume the roles of U.S. representatives 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 sessions of the NYLC.

For additional information on the National Young Leaders Conference, visit http://www.cylc.org.