Roxboro Community School (RCS) 10th grader, Alexander Heindselman, had the opportunity to go to the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF) this past summer.
Heindselman stayed in the dorms of the University of Maryland and frequently went into Annapolis and Washington, D.C. for tours. Heindselman was in the defense program and got to learn about many jobs within this field such as jobs involving the military, diplomacy, trade, and business. A highlight of this experience for Heindselman was hearing from one of the chiefs of disguise in the CIA during the Cold War.
Another part of this program included a simulation where everyone was assigned positions that their field aligned with. The defense program got to be the president, vice president, and the cabinet in the simulation. Heindselman’s favorite part of this whole experience was this simulation. The attendees got to take part in primaries and a 15-minute debate to decide who would be president. Heindselman ran for office and won this election.
Shortly after this election, however, Heindselman tested positive for COVID and had to return home but, he said, “Still though, not everyday you get voted president out of people from around the country.”
NYLF is a national program that brings people from all over the country together to learn and develop leadership skills. The program is geared towards teaching students how to be leaders in a field they are interested in.
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