Hunter Elementary student to attend young leaders conference

From Staff Reports

  A seventh-grade student at Hunter Elementary School has been nominated to represent her school and her community at the Junior National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C.
  Alyson Houghton will attend the conference in the fall. Alyson is the daughter of Lisa Houghton, Supervisor of Payroll at Mountain States Health Alliance (MSHA).
  "Attending the program will enable me to develop my leadership skills and reach my career goals," Alyson said. She maintains an A average and is involved in Unaka Junior Band, is active in the Unaka Baptist Acteen Clown Ministry and the East Tennessee State University (ETSU) Educational Talent Search.
  The Junior National Young Leaders Conference links academic study of leadership and American history with distinctive site visits that bring concepts to life. Throughout the six-day conference, hands-on exercises introduce fundamental aspects of leadership, including communication, character, teamwork, problem solving, goal setting and courage. Students focus on their leadership delegation's topics, utilizing site visits as leadership case studies. Specially-designed activities take place at Colonial Williamsburg, the National Museum of American History, the United States Capitol and the nation's monuments and memorials. Teamwork skills are developed as students work toward the Youth Leadership Presentations which focus on the historical and continuing relevance of leadership topics.
  Students accepted to the conference are outstanding sixth and seventh-grade students who demonstrate maturity, academic excellence and leadership potential. Students are selected by teachers and mentors within the community.