2010-09-08 / Community

MCHS student attends National Leadership Summit

Daniel Allen Daniel Allen Baltimore, MD – Daniel Allen, a student at Miller County High School and Bainbridge College, attended the 2010 National Leadership Summit, sponsored by LeadAmerica, at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD/ Washington, DC. The National Leadership Summit is a college-accredited invitational program for academically talented and promising high school students from across the United States and internationally.

“The National Leadership Summit is a challenging experiential program resulting in development of skills necessary for success in college and beyond,” says Andrew Potter, LeadAmerica’s director of academics. In a handson learning environment, Daniel Allen and fellow students stepped into the shoes of those who lead on the national level in a conference specific simulation that exposed them to some of the greatest challenges confronting the United States today including healthcare, national security, and alternative energy. Faced with complex issues and conflicting points of view, students learned to negotiate, compromise, and build consensus and support for their positions.

While in Washington, DC, Daniel explored Capitol Hill, some of the major national monuments including the Lincoln, Jefferson, and Roosevelt memorials, and visited Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington – a direct follow-on to the program’s case study on the leadership and character traits of President Washington.

Daniel states, “This was an awesome experience. It was challenging, inspiring, and very exciting. By attending this summit, I gained new knowledge and new skills that will prepare me to face the challenges of the future. I met many other students from our country as well as students from other countries. I’m sure this experience will have a significant and lasting impact on my life.” Daniel served as campaign manager for a simulated senatorial race and was thrilled when his candidate won the Senate seat for New Mexico. Another highlight of the conference was during the summit’s closing ceremony, Daniel was presented the “Best Team Player” Award of all the conferences. At MCHS, Daniel is a member of Beta Club, FFA, HOSA, Student Council, Miller County Show Team, MCHS Tennis Team, and is drum major of the MCHS Pirate Pride Marching Band. He also attends Bainbridge College as a Dual Enrollment Student. Daniel hopes to attend Yale University after high school graduation and wants to pursue a career in medicine.

Since 2002, LeadAmerica has helped more than 60,000 exceptional students from all 50 U.S. states and over 51 countries experience first-hand skills and attitudes required to be successful in college as well as any career field. With an organizational vision to “inspire and empower all young people to achieve their full potential and to instill in them a sense of purpose, integrity, self confidence, and personal responsibility,” LeadAmerica strives to help each and every student identify a clear personal vision and generate an action plan that provides clarity on achieving this goal. By beginning this process at a LeadAmerica program, students are already one step closer to taking ownership for their education and ultimately their futures.

LeadAmerica is one of the nation’s most respected youth development organizations devoted to improving college readiness through experiential programming. LeadAmerica hosts academic- and careerfocused conferences for our world’s most promising young leaders. Each conference topic is introduced by distinguished faculty members and then reinforced through engaging small group activity and realworld simulation. In addition, through briefings and discussions with national and international leaders in the fields they are studying, students have the unique opportunity to learn first hand about the complexities of decision-making in a chosen field or profession. LeadAmerica programs are all college-accredited and have been placed on the Approved National Advisory List of Student Contests and Activities by the National Association of Secondary School Principals on a yearly basis since 2005.

Daniel is the son of Danny and Sheila Allen, and the grandson of Jo Allen and the late Floyd Allen, and the late Edd and Aretta Burke. He is the greatgrandson of Essie Shepard and Sidney and Bessie Whitaker.

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