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Special to the DailyBattle Mountain High School junior Ashley MacDonald is one of 350 students from around the country who will spend Oct. 7 from Oct. 12 at the National Young Leaders Conference.
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Ashley MacDonald, a Battle Mountain High School junior, has been selected to participate in a national youth leadership conference in Washington, D.C., next month.

MacDonald, who lives in Edwards, is one of 350 students from around the country who will spend Oct. 7 from Oct. 12 at the National Young Leaders Conference.

The theme of the conference, sponsored by the Congressional Youth Leadership Council, is “The Leaders of Tomorrow Meeting the Leaders of Today.”

“While many students are reading about leadership in books, students like Ashley MacDonald will interact with members of Congress, Washington’s press corps and key political appointees to continue formulating their ideals and leadership skills,” says Mike Lasday, executive director of the Congressional Youth Leadership Council.

“The National Young Leadership Conference positions each of these students as colleagues in whose hands the future of our country rests,” Lasday says.

Students at past conferences have been welcomed from the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives and attended panel discussions with prominent journalists at the National Press Club. Students have also met with senators, representatives and their staff members.

During this year’s conference, students will participate in a number of leadership-building programs, including a role-playing activity called “If I Were President,” where students act as the commander-and-chief and cabinet members dealing with an international crisis.

The Congressional Youth Leadership Council is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization founded in 1985. More than 400 members of the Congress serve on the organization’s Honorary Congressional Board of Advisors. More information can be found at http://www.cylc.org.


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