Back (L-R): Mason Wulff, Cody King, Elizabeth Zamora, Tom Boyd, Connor Martin. Front (L-R): Dustin Thrall, Lizet Camacho Figueroa, Rachel Fenton, Kaiden Raif. Not pictured: Jackie Dowell. (Submitted photo)

Back (L-R): Mason Wulff, Cody King, Elizabeth Zamora, Tom Boyd, Connor Martin. Front (L-R): Dustin Thrall, Lizet Camacho Figueroa, Rachel Fenton, Kaiden Raif. Not pictured: Jackie Dowell. (Submitted photo)

Ten Slater Elementary School fifth-grade students have been selected to participate in the Junior National Young Leaders Conference (JrNYLC) in Washington, D.C.

The students selected for the trip are Mason Wulff, Dustin Thrall, Connor Martin, Jackie Dowell, Kaiden Raif, Cody King, Rachel Fenton, Elizabeth Zamora, Tom Boyd and Lizet Camacho Figueroa.

The JrNYLC is hosted by Envision, an independent, educational organization that is not affiliated with any political party or the federal government.

Envision hosts JrNYLC to offer mature, high-achieving fifth grade and middle school students the opportunity to learn about leadership by studying the leaders of the past and by focusing on social advocacy to make a positive impact in their schools and communities. Through an examination of different historical time periods and characteristics of leadership, students will gain a better understanding of what it takes to become an effective leader.

The conference is designed to be a challenging and interactive leadership program for the nation’s most promising fifth grade and middle school students. The theme of the conference is Voices of Leadership: Reflecting on the Past to Create the Future. Scholars will examine the concept of leadership in the context of historical events from America’s past.

Each day, students and their faculty advisors meet in Leadership Focus Groups to discuss important skills and attributes, such as character, goal setting and teamwork. The overall goal of JrNYLC is to enhance and develop these traits within each student. Within their  Leadership Focus Groups and throughout the conference, scholars interact with peers from across the nation and develop long-lasting friendships that will continue long after they return home.

They will discover historic locations, such as Harper’s Ferry National Historical Park in West Virginia, and explore the memorials and museums of the nation’s capital. They will lead and participate in exercises and activities designed to enhance critical thinking skills, promote problem solving within groups, and expose them to different ways of thinking.



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