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Kankel attends young leaders conference

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Kevin Kankel, a sophomore at South Tahoe High School, has been selected to take part in the National Young Leaders Conference July 22-31 in Washington, D.C. Kankel is the son of Dennis and LeAnne Kankel of South Lake Tahoe.

The National Young Leaders Conference is a unique leadership development program for high school students who have demonstrated leadership potential and scholastic merit. Kankel will be one of approximately 400 outstanding scholars from the country at the conference. During the 10-day program, Kankel will interact will a variety of personnel who operate within the three branches of government, the news media and the international community.

“NYLC prepares students like Kevin Kankel to serve our country well, whether that means as elected officials in our nation’s capital, as active members within communities around the world, or as intelligent, creative and responsible members of the work force,” said Mike Lasday, executive director of the Congressional Youth Leadership Council, the organization that sponsors the conference.



“Through a series of simulations, we place these young leaders in the proverbial driver’s seat on a variety of issues facing our country today. Their determination, as shown within the conference, is a good indicator of the types of leaders we will see in the future,” Lasday said.

To complement the schedule of special meetings and brief-ings, Kankel will participate in a number of leadership skill- building activities and simulations. In one role-play activity titled “If I Were President,” students act as the president and cabinet members responding to an international crisis. Students also participate in Testing the Constitution, in which they examine actual Supreme Court cases. The conference culminates with the Model Congress, in which scholars assume the roles of U.S. Representatives and debate, amend and vote on proposed mock legislation.



Past highlights of the program have included welcoming remarks by a current or former member of Congress, made from the floor of the House of Representatives – a privilege that is seldom afforded to other groups. Students have also had opportunities to interact with prominent members of the Washington press corps at the National Press Club, in addition to meeting with senators and representatives or appointed staff members to discuss major issues facing the nation.

CYLC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization. Since 1985 the council has inspired more than 200,000 young people to achieve their full leadership potential. There are 430 members of the U.S. Congress who serve on the CYLC Honorary Congressional Board of Advisors. In addition, more than 50 embassies participate in the Council’s Honorary Board of Embassies.


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