The Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship, an innovative non-profit dedicated to educating a new generation of leaders in the essential skills of negotiation, dialogue, and compromise, announced today the acceptance of its 2016 class of National Student Congress.
Mikayla Bonzo, a Junior at Raceland-Worthington High School from Wurtland, has been selected for the prestigious program, and will be traveling to Lexington, Kentucky this June.
“This year’s incoming class to the Student Congress is a well-rounded group of outstanding students,” said Michael Vetter, Executive Director of the Henry Clay Center “We look forward to the intelligent political discourse and thoughtful discussions on public policy.”
The Student Congress program is completely free of cost (travel and lodging included) to those selected from the competitive application process. Current college juniors and high school juniors with records of exceptional academic and extracurricular achievement were chosen for this once-in-a-lifetime academic and personal development course. The high school program will be held June 12th to June 18th. The college program will be June 19th to June 25th.
During that week, participants will have the opportunity to meet with lawmakers, academics, journalists, and civic leaders to discuss the practical importance of compromise and constructive engagement and dialogue to resolve conflict and competing interests in a democracy. Nationally-recognized guest speakers engage in seminars with the students, followed by a student debate on a current topic in the Old State Capitol in nearby Frankfort, Kentucky. Past speakers have included justices of the Supreme Court; U.S. Speakers of the House, governors, U.S. Senators and other nationally recognized officials and academic thought leaders.
About the Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship
The Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship was formed in 2007, and is an innovative youth leadership program inspired by Henry Clay, one of our nation’s most revered leaders. He served with distinction as Secretary of State, U.S. Senator and Speaker of the House, leaving a profound legacy as our nation’s “Great Compromiser.” The Center imparts the skills of public dialogue and leadership to bring about change in an increasingly polarized public and civic environment. For more information visit: www.henryclaycenter.org or @henryclaycenter .