Byline: Bev Moretti
Some students from Fenton High School will get a firsthand look at how our government is run.
Junior Elizabeth Neumayer and senior Trisha Nikrandt, both of Wood Dale, and junior Alice Thompson and senior Valerie Conte, both of Bensenville, will spend a week in Washington, D.C., at the National Young Leaders Conference.
The conference is a leadership development program for high school students who have demonstrated leadership potential and scholastic merit.
Only 350 students nationwide were selected for this special honor.
The local students were recommended by science teacher Jill Fitzgerald, who says they are "not only very good students academically, but they are also very involved in other aspects of the educational experiences as well, such as Student Council, sports and other extracurricular activities. They are the leaders of tomorrow."
In fact, the conference theme is "The Leaders of Tomorrow Meeting the Leaders of Today."
During the six-day conference, the students will interact with key leaders and newsmakers of the three branches of government, the news media and members of the diplomatic corps.
Highlights of the program will be welcoming remarks from the floor of the United States House of Representatives and a panel discussion with journalists at the National Press Club. …