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Clark To Meet National Leaders In Washington D.C.

National Young Leaders Conference Provides Inroads for U.S. Future

Miranda Clark, a West Central Sophomore from Rozetta will be attending the National Youth Leaders Conference in Washington D.C. on March 7th-12th.

Miranda is active in Ecumenical Choir, Student Council, cheerleading, ICTM, and WYSE Team, band, Spanish Club, and the fall play. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Brian Clark.

WASHINGTON, D.C.: This spring Miranda Clark of Rozetta will join outstanding high school students from across the United States who will take part in a unique leadership development conference in our nation's capital.

During the six-day program, the National Young Leaders Conference (NYLC) will provide participants with the opportunity to interact with a variety of personnel who operate within the three branches of government, the news media, and the international community.

"NYLC prepares students to serve our country well, whether that means as elected officials in our nation's capital, as active members within communities around the world or as intelligent, creative and responsible members of the work force," said Mike Lasday, executive director of the Congressional Youth Leadership Council (CYLC), the organization that sponsors the Conference.

"Through a series of simulations, we place these young leaders in the proverbial driverÔs seat on a variety of issues facing our country today. Their determination, as shown within the Conference, is a good indicator of the types of leaders we will see in the future."

Past highlights of this program have included welcoming remarks by a current or former member of Congress, made from the floor of the House of Representatives - a privilege that is seldom afforded to other groups. Students have also had opportunities to interact with prominent members of the Washington press corps at the National Press Club, in addition to meeting with senators and representatives or appointed staff members to discuss important issues facing the nation.

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

CYLC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization.

Since 1985, the Council has inspired more than 200,000 young people to achieve their full leadership potential. Over 400 members of the U.S. Congress join our commitment by serving on the CYLC Honorary Congressional Board of Advisors. In addition, more than 40 embassies participate in the Council's Honorary Board of Embassies.