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Two teens picked for leadership challenge

Calder Cahill of Vail and Aaron Quintana of Edwards visited Washington D.C. as participants in the National Young Leaders Conference

Two local teens have visited Washington, D.C. as participants in the National Young Leaders Conference.

Battle Mountain High School students Calder Cahill of Vail and Aaron Quintana of Edwards traveled to the nation’s capital last week to take part in the leadership development program that includes 350 other high school students from across the U.S.

Both students were chosen for demonstrating scholastic merit and leadership potential, said Mike Lasday, executive director of the Congressional Youth Leadership Council, a nonpartisan group that sponsors the conference.

The theme of this year’s conference was “The Leaders of Tomorrow Meeting the Leaders of Today.” Cahill and Quintana met with key elected officials, political appointees and other newsmakers in an exploration of the three branches of the federal government, Lasday said.

“While many students are reading about leadership in books, students like Calder Cahill and Aaron Quintana will interact with members of Congress, Washington’s press corps and key political appointees to continue formulating their ideals and leadership skills,” Lasday said.

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Along with special meetings and briefings, the students participated in role-playing activities, acting as president and cabinet members in times of international crisis. Students also examined Supreme Court cases and assumed the roles of members of Congress in a debate over mock legislation.

Founded in 1985, more than 400 members of Congress serve on the the Congress Youth Leadership Council’s honorary board of advisors.

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