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Clarksville Students Take Part in Junior National Young Leaders Conference

Middle School Scholars to Walk in the Footsteps of U.S. Leaders

EnvisionWashington, D.C. – Outstanding middle school students from across the United States took part in an extraordinary leadership development experience, the 2014 Junior National Young Leaders Conference (JrNYLC): Foundations of Leadership I, an Envision program.

The program provides a historical view of leadership and encourages young scholars to develop their own leadership skills and strategies for success in the 21st century.

(L to R) Kurstan Buck and Lexi Koon.
(L to R) Kurstan Buck and Lexi Koon.

Alexis “Lexi” Koon and Kurstan Buck, two Richview Middle School students took part in the Junior National Young Leaders Conference in Washington D.C. from July 20th-24th, 2014.

They were nominated to participate by Sherrie Potts, the ELA teacher at Richview Middle School.

The Junior National Young Leaders Conference enables students to recognize their own leadership abilities in the context of great men and women from the past and present,” said Marguerite Regan, Ph.D., the dean of academic affairs for JrNYLC. “They return home with new confidence in their ability to make a positive impact in their school and communities. Washington, D.C., serves as the perfect backdrop for this inspiring program to generate a new generation of U.S. leaders.”

At the six-day conference, sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students take part in fun and exciting workshops and participate in simulations to confront the challenges faced by historic leaders from the nation’s past.

(L to R) Charlie, Lexi and Traci Koon.
(L to R) Charlie, Lexi and Traci Koon.

Scholars also explore historically significant sites such as Harpers Ferry National Park and the National Mall to explore museums, monuments and memorials dedicated to U.S. founding fathers.

JrNYLC also takes students on an in-depth journey to view leadership challenges through the perspective of critical periods in American history: the Civil War Reconstruction, World War II, the Great Depression and the Civil Rights Movement, for example.

“The students gain greater sense of themselves, their roles to preserve American democracy and their responsibilities as tomorrow’s leaders,” Regan said.

“This was a tremendous learning experience for Lexi and Kurstan. Both came away with a new perspective about the history of our great country and how our government operates. We would like to thank Sherrie Potts, English Language Arts teacher at Richview Middle School for believing in Lexi and Kurstan enough to nominate them to participate in this wonderful program.” Traci Koon and Terrie Buck.

For more information about the Junior National Young Leaders Conference, visit www.envisionexperience.com/Leadership

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