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Six local fifth graders from Dalhart Intermediate School were nominated for participation in the Junior National Young Leaders Conference, scheduled for this summer in Washington, D.C. Annie Watkins, Ashton Frishe, Whitney Dovel, Nick Martinez, Connor Holiski and Josef Baumert were chosen to participate in this unique leadership program, based on their grades and leadership potential.

The Junior National Young Leaders Conference or JrNYLC is a program in which young scholars from all over the United States learn about leadership through the lens of American History. Students will stay in the National 4-H Conference center for six days and visit museums throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area as well as many historical sites including the Vietnam Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, and the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial. Students are divided up among different groups; each named after one of the six leadership traits they study during the conference (goal-setting, teamwork, respect, communication, problem-solving, and character).

The Junior National Young Leaders Conference is part of the Congressional Youth Leadership Council (CYLC), which also holds conferences for scholars in high school both in the United States and abroad. The Junior National Young Leaders Conference (JrNYLC) helps scholars develop and sharpen their leadership skills by examining the leaders of the past and empowering them to make a positive social impact in their community and the world. Geared toward looking at leadership through a practical, everyday lens, JrNYLC incorporates a detailed examination of eight leadership traits and focuses on leaders in American history and social advocacy. Distinctive site experiences, hands-on exercises and workshops bring these concepts to life, while students work together to develop action plans that affect change within their homes and communities.

This great opportunity comes at a hefty price tag. Accordingly, fundraising activities are planned to raise the costs of the conference and transportation. Anyone who wishes to make a donation to help these students, or if you have any question, please contact Denise Lay, 5th grade Social Studies teacher, or call the Christy Dovel at DIS 244-7380 or 626-6358 (Mrs. Lay’s cell number).