Washington, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-Dallas) joined Today Foundation President Gary Griffith in congratulating North Texas students who participated in the Today Foundation’s Texas Leadership Forum (TLF) this year, which included a conference in Washington, DC from June 17 – June 23, 2012.
TLF’s one-week conference in the nation’s capital provided participants with a unique, inside view of federal government operations. This year’s participants included 17 select students chosen based upon academic performance, community involvement and leadership ability. Application requirements for TLF participants include a résumé, two one-page essays and a letter of recommendation by a teacher, principal, counselor or community leader. In addition to the Washington, DC conference, TLF students attend local forum meetings, visit with state officials in Austin, and complete projects and writing assignments.
“The Texas Leadership Forum is an exceptional program that gives talented students the opportunity to consider, challenge and thoughtfully articulate the current policy debates facing our nation,” said Sessions, who is the honorary chair of TLF. “All TLF participants have proven their commitment to learning and contributing to their communities, and I believe their visit to Washington will help further develop their leadership skills for service in the future.”
The TLF conference events included educational tours and meetings at the Capitol, Pentagon, U.S. State Department, Interpol, Arlington National Cemetery, the Newseum, and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO). During the week, students observed House committee hearings and attended a private speaking forum featuring several Washington leaders, including Congressman Kevin Brady (TX-08), Congressman Greg Walden (OR-02) and Colonel Jason Bohm of the United States Marines.
Texas Leadership Forum Students: Erik Moran and Crystal Calixto of Adamson High School; Christine Lado of Conrad High School; Saul Membreno and Ayeya Mandefu of Irving High School; Stephanie Eyocko of Lake Highlands High School; Tambra Lin Bonds and Marcus Anthony Alvarez of Nimitz High School; Jasmine Renee Douglas and Luke Powers Strother of W.T. White High School; Jeanine Valente and Jake Austin Schutzeof Woodrow Wilson High School; Albert Mata and Susana Mena of Molina High School; Kathryne Lebell andKenocha Epperson of Jefferson High School; Emma Smith of Plano High School.
The Texas Leadership Forum is a program of the Today Foundation, which seeks to foster civic involvement, leadership and character building in high school students while educating them about government and public policy.