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 2017 class of National Student Congress.
Lauren O. Smith a junior at Goshen High School from Loveland Oh has been selected for the prestigious program, and will be traveling to Lexington, KY this June.
Michael Vetter, Executive Director of the Henry Clay Center stated "We look forward to engaging and inspiring these gifted students and immersing them the legacy of the 'the Great Compromiser', Henry Clay, and the importance of cooperation in public policy and government." 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.
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 democracy. Nationally-recognized guest speakers engage in seminars with students, followed by a student debate on a current topic in the Old State Capitol in nearby Frankfort, KY. 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.