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Nobel Middle School student on D.C. leadership conference

Posted By Karen Young On September 20, 2009 @ 11:22 pm In School News,Schools,spotlight | No Comments

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Kayla Hamburg

Kayla S. Hamburg

Kayla S. Hamburg, an 11-year old from Nobel Middle School in Northridge, is currently in Washington D.C. taking part in a six-day leadership conference called Voices of Leadership:  Reflecting on the Past to create the Future” (JrNYLC). She  was chosen for her leadership qualities and contributions to the community. As a member of a Girl Scout troop, she raised money to make items such as scarves for U.S. troops and sent them abroad.

Kayla is  one of only 250 outstanding middle school students from across the United States to take part in the conference which introduces young people to the rich tradition of leadership throughout American history, while helping them develop their own leadership skills.

“Doing this is an honor and I am looking forward to what I will learn at the conference to make me a better leader,” said Kayla.

“I am so proud of Kayla and her tremendous accomplishment,” said LAUSD Board Member Tamar Galatzan, whose District includes Nobel.  “Her extraordinary leadership skills and commitment to public service inspire us all.”

“The aim of the Junior National Young Leaders Conference is to inspire students to recognize their own leadership skills, measure their skills against those of current and former leaders, and return home with new confidence in their ability to exercise positive influence within their communities,” said Marguerite Regan, Dean of Academic Affairs for the Congressional Youth Leadership Council (CYLC), the organization that sponsors JrNYLC.  “Young people are not only welcome in Washington, D.C., they actually keep this city and our country running.”

During the six-day program which began September 19, the scholars take part in educational activities and presentations, and visit relevant sites, such as the monuments and memorial in Washington, D.C. and the surrounding areas. In addition to examining notable U.S. leaders and historic figures, students study the impact of leadership throughout critical periods of American history including the Civil War and Reconstruction, World War II, the Great Depression and the Civil Rights Movement.  Upon completion of JrNYLC, students gain a greater sense of understanding the role of individuals in American democracy, as well as the responsibilities of being a leader.

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