WASHINGTON, D.C. – Gabriel Cloutier, a student at Leavitt Area High School in Turner, has been selected to attend LeadAmerica’s 2005 Congressional Student Leadership Conference in Washington.

The conference is a college-accredited invitational leadership program for the most academically talented and promising young leaders. Exceptional high school students who have a record of academic achievement and extracurricular or community involvement are invited to participate from across the United States and internationally.

Students choose from several academic areas, including the government and politics, engineering, science and robotics, global business and entrepreneurship, intelligence, diplomacy and national security, junior war college, crime scene investigation, law and trial advocacy and medicine and health care.

Through briefings and discussions with national and international leaders in the fields of study and through hands-on simulations, students have the opportunity to experience leadership in action and to learn first-hand about the complexities of decision-making in a chosen field or profession.

By engaging in special interactive workshops and activities, students will learn and develop leadership skills, including effective communication, conflict resolution, team building and time management.

“They’ll develop confidence and maturity while gaining skills that will help them achieve success in college and life. The CSLC commits itself to providing youth with unparalleled opportunities for personal growth, leadership and educational advancement,” said Dr. Gilbert Morris, director of faculty development.

More information on the LeadAmerica and the conference can be found at www.leadamerica.org or by calling 1-866-FYI-LEAD (394-5323).

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