Special to the Reporter

Hayden Trotter, a student at Glen Rose High School, has been selected to attend the 2009 National Leadership Summit, sponsored by LeadAmerica, at American University in Washington, D.C. The National Leadership Summit is a college-accredited invitational leadership program for academically talented and promising young leaders from across the United States and internationally. Exceptional high school students with a record of academic achievement and extracurricular or community involvement, are invited to participate.

At the National Leadership Summit, students explore national leadership: how issues are debated, policies are made, and world events unfold. In a hands-on learning environment, Trotter and fellow students will step into the shoes of those who lead on the national level in an Executive and Legislative Simulation. Faced with complex issues and conflicting points of view, students will learn to negotiate, compromise, and build consensus and support for their positions.

Trotter is very excited about the opportunity to be representative for the state of Texas and meet other students from across the country. Trotter has always been interested in environmental issues, how to influence worldwide change, and use research to combat worldwide challenges.

“Today, more than ever, youth leadership education is essential,” said LeadAmerica Found and Executive Director Chris M. Salamone, Esq. “Leadership can make important differences in the lives of teenagers - in their academic and personal performance, in their acceptance to the college of their choice, and in their level of focus, passion, and purpose. It is the key to what they do with their live and how well they do it. I cannot think of a time in history during which leadership was more imperative.”

“Over the past 20 years, I have had the privilege of seeing more than 70,000 exceptional students from over 51 countries learn first-hand about leadership and explore its role in a variety of educational disciplines. It’s my sincere hope that LeadAmerica will give young leaders the skills to help them along the road toward a successful and rewarding life of leadership.”

LeadAmerica is the nation’s premier youth leadership organization. With a commitment to providing quality leadership education, LeadAmerica inspires and empowers young people to achieve their full potential and instills a sense of purpose, integrity, and personal responsibility.

Each of its high school conferences is college-accredited and its programs are approved activities of the National Association of Secondary School Principals. LeadAmerica sponsors the Congressional Student Leadership Conference for high school students, the National Junior Leaders Conference for middle and junior high school students, and Ambassadors Abroad international study programs in China, Australia, Costa Rica, and Europe.

More information about LeadAmerica and the CSLC can be found at www.lead-america.org or by calling (866) FYI-LEAD (394-5323).