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A Fox Chapel Middle School student has been selected to attend the Junior National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C.

The conference is for mature, high-achieving middle school students, according to the JrNYLC website, and gives students the opportunity to learn about leadership by studying past leaders and focusing on social advocacy.

Darius Smith, of Spring Hill, was nominated to attend this year’s six-day event.

“Attending this program will enable me to further my interest in the field of Technology and reach my career goals of becoming an Electronic Engineer,” Smith wrote. “I maintain a 3.8 GPA, was involved in Country Brain Bowl, Track and Field and enrolled in all advanced classes and was recently awarded Honor roll and certificate for participation in Brain Bowl.”

Among the sites visited during the conference are:

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park in West Virginia. With National Park service guides, students participate in experiential activities and play the roles of the historic people who took part in abolitionist John Brown’s raid on the federal arsenal in this strategically located town as he tried to bring an end to slavery.

The National Memorials, including the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial. Through visits to key monuments and historical landmarks, students understand the significance of leadership in a larger historical context.

American History Museum. Smithsonian Institution introduces students to artifacts and objects that cover the broad spectrum of America’s past and examine leadership in a social, cultural and historical context.

Photo Opportunity in front of the White House.

Maryland Science Center in Baltimore.

Tuition must be paid no later than May 3; otherwise, Smith won’t be able to attend.

“My participation in the conference depends on whether I can raise $2,645 in sponsorships,” Smith wrote. “The conference tuition is $1,995 and my travel to the conference will be $650. I am investing every dollar I can of my own money to make sure I don’t miss out on this unique experience and am also taking on extra jobs to raise the funds I need.”

Anyone interested in sponsoring Smith is asked to contact him at (570) 768-9689, and a contribution form will be provided.

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