FL students attend leadership conference

Anderson, Berg get six-day tour of Washington, D.C.


Kendra Anderson and Cameron Berg went on a six-day leadership trip to Washinton D.C. The local students visited six monuments, the Smithsonian American History Museum and much more. Here, they pose in front of the Capitol. (Photo submitted)

Two local students are walking in the footsteps of famous United States leaders. Kendra Anderson and Cameron Berg, who recently finished sixth grade at Forest Lake Elementary School, recently visited Washington, D.C. to take part in the Junior National Young Leaders Conference. The 12-year-olds were nominated by their teacher, Karl Holle.

In the program, which ran from last Sunday through Friday, about 250 participants took part in educational activities and explored landmarks such as Harpers Ferry National Historic Park in West Virginia and many of the monuments and museums in the nation’s capitol.

They studied the notable U.S. historic figures and learned the impact of leadership throughout critical periods of American history.

“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, Ph.D., Dean of Academic Affairs for the Congressional Youth Leadership Council, the organization that sponsors the conference.