WASHINGTON, D.C. – Matthew Chamberlain of Canton participated in the National Young Leaders Conference from Aug. 2 through 12.

The leadership development program invites high school students – based on scholastic merit, community involvement and leadership contributions – to interact with today’s leaders.

Conference scholars work through issues facing the country today in a series of simulations in face-to-face meetings with members of Congress or their staff, as well as other influential personalities.

“By participating in the National Young Leaders Conference, students like Matthew Chamberlain will become better equipped to address the challenges facing communities around the world,” said Mike Lasday, executive director of the Congressional Youth Leadership Council, the organization that sponsors the conference.

Former U.S. Rep. Paul Rogers of Florida welcomed the students to the floor of the House of Representatives, an honor usually reserved for members of Congress and their special guests. The students filled the chamber where the State of the Union Address takes place.

“There are many ways to assert leadership in America. Let me encourage you to make a difference in this country by being involved in your government,” he told the students. “There is no greater or more honorable undertaking than that of helping people. Your work as leaders will pave the way to a bright future for your fellow man.”

Chamberlain had the opportunity to interact with a panel of journalists from Washington’s press corps, including, Ceci Connolly (The Washington Post), Bill Samman (The Washington Times), Larry O’Rourke (McClutchy Newspapers), and Tamara Lytle (Orlando Sentinel). Students asked questions regarding national and international current events, ethics in journalism and advice on how to start a career in the news industry.

The council is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization. For additional information, visit www.cylc.org.

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