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Teen readies for trip to capital

June 04, 2002|STAFF REPORT

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Vanessa Marrs of Imperial has been selected to attend the National Young Leaders Conference July 1-11 in Washington, D.C.

The NYLC is a unique leadership development program for high school students who have demonstrated leadership potential and scholastic merit. Marrs will be among 350 outstanding students from around the country attending the conference.

The theme of NYLC is "The Leaders of Tomorrow Meeting the Leaders of Today." Throughout the 11-day conference, Marrs will interact with leaders and newsmakers from the three branches of government, the media and the international community.

"It's wonderful to see high school students like Vanessa Marrs seeking out the National Young Leaders Conference in an effort to learn and take on leadership roles in communities throughout our country," said Michael Lasday, executive director of the Congressional Youth Leadership Council, the organization that sponsors the conference. "The events of Sept. 11 prompted the urgent need to understand and exercise effective leadership. Those who participate in this program 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."


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. Marrs also will meet with senators and a representative or an appointed staff member to discuss important issues facing the nation.

To complement the schedule of special meetings and briefings, Marrs will 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 actual Supreme Court cases. NYLC culminates with the model Congress, in which scholars assume the roles of U.S. representatives, and debate, amend and vote on proposed mock legislation.

The CYLC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization. Founded in 1985, it is committed to fostering and inspiring young people to achieve their full leadership potential. More than 400 members of the U.S. Congress join this commitment by serving on the CYLC honorary congressional board of advisers and more than 25 ambassadors from countries around the world participate in the CYLC honorary board of ambassadors.

For additional information on NYLC, visit the Web site at

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