Minarets student Piotrowski to serve as National Scholar

-- Chawanakee AcademyApril 24, 2013 

Minarets High School junior Crystal Piotrowski, 15, was recently selected to serve as a National Scholar at the 2013 National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C. this summer.

She will join other outstanding high school students from across the United States as they take part in a unique leadership development conference. During the nine-day program, the National Young Leaders Conference will provide scholars with the opportunity to interact with a variety of personnel who operate within the three branches of government, the news media and the international community.

Piotrowski has been very active in the local community all her life and is the 2012 Loggers Jamboree Queen. She has done more than 100 hours of community service a year with various non-profit organizations for the last six years.

At school, Piotrowski has participated on the Chawanakee District Mock Trial team, art, Tall Flags and FFA. She has also been very active in the youth bowling program at Sierra Lanes where she has been the high school league president for the last three years. Piotrowski plans on becoming an architect in the future so leadership skills will be useful.

"NYLC prepares students to serve our country well, whether that means as elected officials in our nation's capital, as active members within communities around the world or as intelligent, creative and responsible members of the work force," said Marguerite Regan, Ph.D., Dean of Academic Affairs for the Congressional Youth Leadership Council, the organization sponsoring the conference. "Through a series of simulations, we place these young leaders in the proverbial driver's seat on a variety of issues facing our country today. Their determination, as shown within the Conference, is a good indicator of the types of leaders we will see in the future."

Past highlights of this program have included welcoming remarks by a current or former member of congress made from the floor of the House of Representatives -- a privilege that is seldom afforded other groups. Students have also had opportunities to interact with prominent members of the Washington press corps at the National Press Club, in addition to meeting with senators and representatives or appointed staff members to discuss important issues facing the nation.

Students will also participate in a number of leadership, skill-building activities and simulations. In one role-play activity titled "If I Were President," students act as the president and cabinet members responding to an international crisis. The conference culminates with the Model Congress, in which scholars assume the roles of U.S. Representatives and debate, amend, and vote on proposed mock legislation.

Piotrowski must raise $3,500 to cover the costs of the program and transportation. Donations can be made via PayPal to Crystal.NYLC@gmail.com or mail checks to Crystal Piotrowski, P.O. Box 146, O'Neal's, CA 93645.

Details: Michelle Piotrowski, (559) 676-6776.

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