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News Experience Gained at the National Student Leadership Conference - 2011

Experience Gained at the National Student Leadership Conference - 2011

Addie Curley and her School Counselor Kathy DeBoer are recognized at the Law Day Luncheon by Chief Justice Mike Heavican, Nebraska Supreme Court
By Adelaide Curley, Marian High School 10th grader

Editorial note: Adelaide received a partial scholarship from the McGrath North Mullin & Kratz law firm to attend the National Student Leadership Conference in the summer of 2011.

The program I decided to attend was International Diplomacy in the summer of 2011. I spent 11 days at American University in Washington, D.C. learning the ins and outs of what goes into being a successful diplomat and leader. We had many guest speakers, including Ambassador Ade Adefuya from Nigeria, Anne Bradley from the International Justice Mission, and Mr. Colman McCarthy from the Center for Peace Education. Each speaker was incredibly interesting to listen to, bringing with them a mix of instruction and humor.

While signing up for this program, there was a list of international problems from which I had to indicate the one I was most interested in for a mock Security Council. I ended up in the Drug Trafficking/Narco-Terrorism Security Council. Acting as the delegate from Russian Confederation, I was fascinated to learn about the problems Russia is facing through the Afghan drug trade and other drug-related conflicts in the Middle East. After discussing problems and solutions pertinent to our respective countries, the Security Council split into groups based on our views and was instructed to write up draft resolutions. My group decided to focus on combating the drug trade by increasing border patrols and reducing trade to within national borders, thus making it a more manageable problem. In our last Security Council meeting, all the delegates put the two draft resolutions that had been drawn up to a vote. Unfortunately, neither one passed, but it was a great learning experience for all of us.

Being a national conference, I met many amazing people from all over the country, and even the world! I am proud to say I still keep in touch with my new friends, who live anywhere from Washington to Maryland, and Puerto Rico to Saudi Arabia! I am certain that these relationships will last for a very long time. I really felt like I bonded with many people in my session over the 11 days. We became like a big, loud, energetic family, and I found it very hard to say goodbye on the last day. This experience has impacted me in so many ways, and I encourage anyone who has the slightest interest in any of the programs to sign up right away!

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