Nordstrom walks in footsteps of leaders

Sam Nordstrom, an eighth-grade student at Salk Middle School, walked in the footsteps of U.S. leaders as part of his summer break from school.

He was one of more than 250 outstanding middle schools students from across the United States to take part in a leadership conference in Washington, D.C., themed Voices of Leadership: Reflecting on the Past to Create the Future. The Junior National Young Leaders Conference introduces young people to the tradition of leadership throughout American history, while helping them develop their own leadership skills.

During the six-day program, Nordstrom took part in educational activities and presentations and explored sites such as Harpers Ferry National Historic Park, W.Va. and Washington D.C.’s museums and memorials. In addition to examining notable U.S. leaders and historic figures, students studied 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.

“The aim … 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 Dr. Marguerite Regan, dean of academic affairs for the Congressional Youth Leadership Council, the sponsoring organization of Junior National Young Leaders.

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