WASHINGTON – Ted Blaisdell, a student at Lewiston Middle School, has been selected to attend the 2005 National Junior Leaders Conference in Washington.

The NJLC is an invitational leadership program for the nation’s most academically talented and promising young leaders. Exceptional middle 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, global business and entrepreneurship, intelligence, diplomacy and national security, 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 realistic, 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.

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

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