Western Wayne students attended the Junior National Youth Leadership Conference held this past July in Washington, D.C. Freshmen Makayla Moser, Madelyn Vinton, and Hannah DeStefano were recommended to attend the conference by their middle school guidance counselor Mr. Totsky. The outstanding students did a lot of fundraising to be able to have this experience including selling handmade blanket baskets, having a small basket raffle, and reaching out to the local community and businesses like The Grim Foundation which helped tremendously. All three students greatly enjoyed their experience at the conference.
Madelyn explained how her favorite part was a museum called Planet World that they saw. She was also thrilled to meet many new friends from across the country.
“I think what I learned at this conference will help strengthen my leadership qualities by making me work hard and fast while working with everyone,” Madelyn said. “It made me realize I’m not by myself, and I could never do it by myself.” Madelyn intends to pursue either law or pediatric audiology in the future.
Makayla agreed that getting to tour the monuments and historic places in Washington, D.C. was her favorite part of the experience along with meeting new people.
“I especially liked visiting Arlington National Cemetery and learning about its history,” Makayla explained. “We even got to see the changing of the guard. Another enjoyable part was how the new friends I made helped push me to achieve my goals at the conference.” Makayla aspires to study forensic psychology and criminal profiling in college.
Fellow classmate Hannah’s favorite part of the experience was the guest speakers. Her favorite was a speech given by Anthony Robles, a NCAA wrestler who was born with one leg.
“ We got to speak with him, and his speech was very moving,” Hannah explained. I learned that there are no excuses for things you can or cannot do.” Hannah is interested in a career in the medical field and has been researching careers like a travel nurse and anesthesiologist.