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Zephyr Cove youth to attend national forum

Matthew Johnson has been selected to participate in the National Youth Leadership Forum on Defense, Intelligence and Diplomacy from Feb. 11 to 16 at Washington, D.C. Having demonstrated academic achievement and an interest in a career related to national security, Johnson will join approximately 400 outstanding high school juniors and seniors from across America at the forum.

Johnson, the son of Bill and Cyndy Trigg of Zephyr Cove, is a senior at George Whittell High School, where he is senior class president.

“By participating in the National Youth Leadership Forum on Defense, Intelligence and Diplomacy, students like Matthew Johnson will develop a keenly educated perspective on the United State’s role in global conflict resolution,” said Donna Snyder, executive director of the forum. “We introduce these young leaders to the masterminds behind our country’s international relations communities. Students also take part in a series of simulations. The combination of interacting with professionals and other students, in addition to our superior curriculum, is equipping our country with a very bright future.”

The forum curriculum is based on actual world events, which allows its participants to learn from the examples set by previous generations of leaders, while encouraging them to develop a perspective and tenacity unique to upcoming generations of leaders. Throughout the forum students will examine how the U.S. plans for peace and prepares for crisis. Students will meet with leaders for key agencies and institutions.

In the past the forum has visited several government institutions and military installations, including the U.S. Department of State, The U.S. Marine Corps Combat Development Command at Quantico, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the U.S. Naval Academy, embassies and others.

National Youth Leadership Forum on Defense, Intelligence and Diplomacy is a nonpartisan, nonprofit educational organization that sponsors highly specialized career-oriented programs for outstanding high school students who demonstrate leadership potential. For more information on the programs visit the Web site at http://www.nylf.org.

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