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Tahoe youth attends leadership conference

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Ansel Robinson, son of Rick and Candy Robinson of South Lake Tahoe, has been selected to attend the National Young Leaders Conference July 15 to 25 at Washington, D.C. He will be among 350 outstanding students from around the country to attend the conference, which is a unique leadership development program for high school students who have demonstrated leadership potential and scholastic merit.

Robinson will be a junior at South Lake Tahoe High School in September. He is a NJROTC Administrative Officer and Color Guard Commander as well as a member of the Boy Scouts of America. A varsity member of the South Tahoe High School Nordic Ski Team and captain of the South Tahoe High School Swim Team, he received the Swim Team Coaches Award in 2001 and 2002. Robinson was a member of the Varsity Men’s Relay Team, who qualified to go to the State Championship Swim Meet in Las Vegas in 2002. He also is a musician who plays first chair viola in the South Tahoe High School String Orchestra.

The theme of the National Young Leaders Conference is “The Leaders of Tomorrow Meeting the Leaders of Today.” Throughout the 11-day conference, Robinson will interact with key leaders and newsmakers from the three branches of government, the media, and the international community.

“It is wonderful to see high school students like Ansel Robinson seeking out the National Leaders Conference in an effort to learn and take on leadership roles in communities throughout our country,” said Michael Lasday, executive director of the Congressional Youth Leadership Council, the organization that sponsors the leadership conference.

“The events of Sept. 11 prompted the urgent need to understand and exercise effective leadership. Those who participate in this program not only gain knowledge and experience in the nation’s capital, they leave with a sense of accomplishment and an increased ability to face the challenges of the future.”

Highlights of the program include welcoming remarks from the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives and a panel discussion with prominent journalists at the National Press Club. Robinson also will meet senators to discuss important issues facing the nation.

To complement the schedule of special meetings and briefings, Robinson will participate in a number of leadership skill-building activities. In one role-playing activity known as “If I Were President,” students act as the President and Cabinet members responding to an international crisis. Students also participate in a judicial simulation called “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.


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