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Law attends National Young Leaders State Conference

By Staff | Apr 7, 2009

This year, outstanding students from across the nation will take part in a unique leadership development program being held in 35 cities across the country. Themed “Courageous Leadership,” the National Young Leaders State Conference (NYLSC) helps young scholars take an introspective and highly-personalized assessment of their leadership skills and abilities.

Throughout the four-day program, scholars will build a working “toolkit” of strategies to help them successfully dream, create and implement plans that will change how they view their role as leaders in their communities.

“The steps each person takes in discovering his or her own leadership strengths can be a very personal process,” said Marguerite Regan, Dean of Academic Affairs for the Congressional Youth Leadership Council (CYLC), the organization that sponsors NYLSC. “The National Young Leaders State will help students get at the heart of their innate talents and skills and will also help them identify how best they can serve within their communities.”

Paige Law, an eighth grade student at The Canterbury School and a Sanibel resident, was chosen based on her academic achievement and leadership potential. Law was nominated by her principal, Mr. Miles, who recognized her as one of a select group of students with the scholastic merit, maturity and responsibility to represent the island of Sanibel and The Canterbury School at this unique leadership program.

Law’s outside activities help to contribute to her strengths as a young leader. She carries a very rigorous travel soccer schedule, participating in the Island Coast Soccer Alliance Soccer Club. She carried her Under-13 team leading in goals and assists. She played on a second team at the State Level for the U-16 girls, second in goals and assists simultaneously playing on her varsity soccer team at The Canterbury School, again leading in goals and assists. She premiered in two college showcases at the U-16 state level. Currently, she is helping out her middle school soccer team for Canterbury as well as guest playing on a third travel team, U-15 girls for the Island Coast Soccer Alliance helping them to capture the State Title.

Paige has very little “down time” with all the soccer she plays and the rigorous study schedule at Canterbury. But when she does have down time, she enjoys boating with her dad in “fun runs,” hanging out with her two yorkies – Logan and Marie – jet skiing, fishing, updating her Facebook page and spending time with her grandparents. Her goals are simple: play for a Division I soccer school and take over her father’s company PWR, LLC… and be the best at both.

The NYLSC curriculum focuses on an introspective and highly-personalized assessment of each student’s leadership skills and abilities. The scholars will be challenged to step forward in a manner that is decisive and confident, to grasp the concepts of leadership that will be taught and to act upon their dreams of making a difference in the world while maintaining the courage of their convictions.

The Congressional Youth Leadership Council is a nonpartisan educational organization. Founded in 1985, CYLC is committed to fostering and inspiring young people to achieve their full leadership potential. To date, members of the U.S. Congress have joined this commitment by serving on the CYLC Honorary Congressional Board of Advisors.

In addition, more than 50 embassies participate in the CYLC’s Honorary Board of Embassies.