VIENNA, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Students from around the world witnessed up-close the historic inauguration of President Barack Obama last week while participating in the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Leadership Summit. Sponsored by LeadAmerica, one of the nation’s educational leaders offering personalized experiential learning, the conference also featured well-known keynote speakers and engaging workshops designed to help students expand their knowledge of the world around them and develop their own leadership skills.
“For many, the greatest highlight was standing on the National Mall with nearly 800,000 others and witnessing history as the President took the oath of office during the Inauguration Ceremony”
Attending the five-day event in Washington, D.C. were more than 400 high-achieving high school students from 42 states and 11 countries, including Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, India, South Africa, China, Oman, Egypt, Colombia, United Arab Emirates, South Korea and Bangladesh. The theme for this year’s Presidential Inaugural Leadership Summit was “Build Your Future; Change Your World,” emphasizing that students have the ability to own their destiny and should recognize their power to become influential voices and leaders at the community, state, and federal level.
“With one in five of our students coming from outside the United States, this was truly a global gathering and unique way to celebrate a historic U.S. event,” said Andrew Potter, VP of Academic Affairs and Program Development for LeadAmerica. “Through this once-in-a-lifetime experience, young adults not only witness history first-hand, but also gain a deeper perspective of world politics. Many come away motivated to get involved in their communities, and this experience helps shape their future path.”
General Colin L. Powell, U.S. Army (Ret.), served as the keynote speaker at the event, which also featured presentations from two former congressmen, Ambassador Jim Jones of Oklahoma and Bill Frenzel of Minnesota, during its “Congress to Campus” segment. Students also attended three workshops of their choosing offered in three thematic areas: National Security, International Relations, and Science & Technology. The workshops, which included topics such as cyber security, human rights and poverty, and nanotechnology and robotics, were facilitated by subject-matter experts from well-regarded institutions and organizations.
Participants in the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Leadership Summit also visited some of the capital’s most important monuments, such as the Jefferson, World War II l, Martin Luther King Jr., and Vietnam Memorials.
“For many, the greatest highlight was standing on the National Mall with nearly 800,000 others and witnessing history as the President took the oath of office during the Inauguration Ceremony,” added LeadAmerica’s Potter. “Students and parents appreciate that this is a rare learning experience that can’t be replicated in the classroom, and LeadAmerica is proud to offer a broad range of globally-recognized programs year-round to help enrich a student’s education and future.”
LeadAmerica, one of the nation’s educational leaders in personalized experiential learning offers outstanding, high-achieving high school and middle school students the opportunity to gain valuable knowledge while they explore their future path and discover what inspires them most. By partnering and collaborating with some of the top colleges and universities throughout the United States to offer College Immersion Programs, students can be better prepared academically and emotionally for the transition to college and beyond. LeadAmerica high school conferences are college-accredited, and all curricula are approved by the National Association Of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). LeadAmerica is owned by Gryphon Investors, a highly respected San Francisco-based private investment firm with a strong commitment to the field of education. For more information, please visit www.Lead-America.Org or call 1-866-394-5323.