Young leaders selected to attend inaugural conference

COAST CITIES — In January, Nelson Siu, Lauren Wong and Taylor Wurdeman, seniors from Santa Fe Christian School, were selected to be a part of the five-day the Presidential Youth Inaugural Conference.
Inaugural Scholars, Siu, Wong and Wurdeman had the opportunity to interact with a major presidential candidate, White House officials, congressional staff members, political experts and other VIPs, such as former Secretary of State, Gen. Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.), and former Vice President Al Gore. After witnessing the inauguration, scholars experienced the inaugural parade, as the president, vice president and their families make their way down Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol Building to the White House. To further honor and celebrate Inauguration Day, scholars attended a black-tie Inaugural Ball.
“I am very excited about this opportunity to be part of a wonderful historical event for our country,” Wong said. “To witness the inauguration of our 44th president of the United States as a high school senior will certainly make a lasting impression on me and make what I am learning in my AP Government class come to life.”
In addition to participating in inaugural events and festivities, scholars had the opportunity to tour the nation’s capital, as well as participate in roundtable discussions, debates and other activities.
“The Presidential Youth Inaugural Conference provided students with an opportunity to take part in historic events that coincide with the Inauguration of the President of the United States,” Marguerite Regan, dean of Academic Affairs for the sponsoring organization Congressional Youth Leadership Council, said.
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