Hundreds of middle school students are spending nearly a week this summer in the nation’s capital to develop their leadership skills.
The Junior National Young Leaders Conference, sponsored by Envision, is for students who have demonstrated leadership potential. There are several six-day sessions during the summer in Washington, D.C.
Charlotte Yang, a 13- year-old rising eighth- grader at Tomlin Middle School, recently returned from one of the conferences and found it very worthwhile — if busy.
“You don’t get to sit down the whole time you are there,” said Charlotte, the oldest of six children of Joseph and Marie Yang of Plant City.
Charlotte said the conference included exercises in leadership and team work. The students also tried their hand at several professions. Charlotte even got to play the role of a CNN reporter.
Marie Yang said it was quite the experience for Charlotte, who was making her first visit to Washington. At Tomlin Middle, she’s an honor student and accomplished artist who has won a number of awards.
Charlotte said the students had the chance to visit many of the Washington landmarks, including the White House and Lincoln Memorial.
A highlight of the visit was a meeting with Mary Beth Tinker, who made headlines in the late 1960s when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that she could wear a black armband to junior high school in support of a truce in the Vietnam War. Charlotte said she got Tinker’s autograph.
Local student wins $20,000 scholarship
Dover resident and motorcycle technician student Cameron Goins recently won a $20,000 scholarship named for a seven-time Supercross champion.
Goins, who attends the Motorcycle Mechanics Institute, a division of Universal Technical Institute, was recently announced the winner of the 2014 Jeremy McGrath Scholarship. The $20,000 award will be applied to Goins’ tuition.
Goins recently graduated from Strawberry Crest High School with a 5.3 grade point average.
The institute teamed up with Supercross champion Jeremy McGrath to offer the scholarship.
Interested applicants were asked to submit a two-minute video explaining why they deserved the scholarship.
After reviewing more than 50 submissions, McGrath knew within seconds of watching Goins’ video — which showcased riding shots and a one-on-one interview — that he would select him as the winner.
Goins wants to work as a motorcycle technician with a Supercross team. Supercross is a motorcycle racing sport.
Are you interested in astronomy?
Craig MacDougal will present a program on how to get started in astronomy from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 29 at Bruton Memorial Library.
Families are welcome to attend, as well as science lovers, and anyone with an interest in astronomy.
The free program at the library, 302 W. McLendon St., is sponsored by the Friends of the Bruton Memorial Library.
For information, call Adult Services Librarian Lisa Kreutter at (813) 757-9215.
Calling all moms-to-be
South Florida Baptist Hospital will offer a program on childbirth from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 26.
The course is for women who are no further along in pregnancy than early in their seventh month. An “I Expect” delivery planning guide is included with the class.
The course will be offered in the community conference room of the hospital, 301 N. Alexander St., on July 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The cost is $20 and registration is required.
For information, call (813) 644-6720 or go to BayCareEvents.org.