BY JOSH PRESLEY
Fifth Street Junior High seventh-grader Maney Darby,13, has been invited to participate in the Foundations of Leadership conference July 22-27 in Washington, D.C.
The conference is hosted by Envision Career and Leadership Programs, and is for middle school students who have demonstrated leadership potential and academic achievement, according to Envision's website.
Darby said her teachers at Fifth Street nominated her to attend the conference in October, and she was formally accepted in April. She said she was nominated based on her 3.5 GPA and her behavior in the classroom.
"I'm not really a big speaker, so I expect to learn a little about how to better communicate," Darby said. "They also teach goal-setting and planning ahead, which will really benefit me in the future."
The program will offer workshops and simulations where students take on the roles of leaders from the country's past. Students will also visit historic sites such as the Lincoln Memorial, the National Museum of American History, Harpers Ferry National Historic Park and the National Mall.
"There will be speakers such as senators and congressmen there to talk to us about leadership," Darby said.
She said two of her biggest strengths are problem-solving and team work, and she believes participating in the conference will serve to enhance those skills. She said her favorite subject in school is language arts, and she hopes to be a psychiatrist or psychologist one day.
"I'm so excited to be selected to go to the conference and I expect it to help me become a better person," Darby said.
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