SLHS senior selected to be a part of presidential conference; will witness 2005 inauguration
Anthony Moya has been selected to take part in the very prestigious Presidential Youth Leadership Conference (PYLC) in Washington, D.C. One of the highlights of the event is scheduled to be attending the inauguration of the President of the United States.
Anthony, the son of Jose and Catherine Moya, is a senior at Storm Lake High School.
The PYLC is an invitation-only leadership conference for the nation's most promising and outstanding high-school students, based on academic record, extracurricular activities, and community involvement.
Being involved comes naturally to Moya. "I like being involved in different activities. I grew up here so doing things for the community is my way of giving back to the community."
Taking part in the activities offered at the school, he said, is also important to him. "My mom said being involved makes a more rounded individual," he said.
Moya's list of achievements is impressive.
* Volunteer at Head Start with pre-kindergarten children
* Boy's golf team member
* Accepted at University of Northern Colorado for the fall of 2005
* Secretary of FCCLA
* Member of DECA
* Member of Key Club for three years
* Member of International Club
* Active in high-school choir for four years
* Active in speech for three years
* All-State Speech performer
* National Honor Society
* Honor roll every semester in high school
* Participated in fund-raisers for the music department
* Employed part-time in the produce department at Fareway
"I believe my traits of honesty, dependability and integrity makes me a well-rounded individual," Anthony said. "In addition, I am very reliable and always strive to do my best. I like helping others and try to do so whenever possible."
Anthony plays the piano for residents at a retirement home and does other volunteer work throughout the community.
"This is is a life-changing experience that will help me develop important leadership skills and will help me in high school, college and beyond," the young man said.
The event will be held Jan. 16-21. The schedule includes participating in a presidential simulation where groups of students go through the entire election process including nominating a candidate, setting up platforms and campaigning together to decide key policy initiatives.
The participants are also invited to the 2005 Presidential Inauguration. Events include attending the presidential oath of office, inaugural parade, and the inaugural youth ball.
Meetings with senators, military officials, and key-note advisors are being organized. The students will also have the chance to visit Arlington National Cemetery, Supreme Court, Library of Congress, the Washington Monument illuminated at night and a cruise on the Potomac River.
Chris Salamone, founder and executive director of Lead America, commented about the program, "Our world is becoming increasingly complex and change so much more dramatic. In this context, the lessons of leadership become ever more relevant. Our nation, our businesses and our institutions will thrive with the leadership of those who are courageous and dedicated, visionary and inspirational."
He continued by saying, "Leadership in not reserved for those in government and businesses. It begins with our young people - in their homes, their schools and their communities - as they seek knowledge and understanding and work to improve the world around them."
LeadAmerica has been in existence for 15 years and is committed to providing youth with opportunities for personal growth, leadership and educational advancement.
"It is my hope that LeadAmerica will give our young leaders the skills to help them along the road toward a successful and rewarding life of leadership and service," the director concluded.
Students taking part in Lead America are responsible for the cost of the trip; Anthony's cost is nearly $2,500. He has received contributions from his family but is still in need of some of the funds. He will represent Storm Lake during this trip to the nation's capitol. If anyone would like to assist in this financial matter, you may send your contributions to him at: 233 Elm St., Lakeside, Iowa 50588