MCNABB — Putnam County Junior High School student Neveah Goulding attended a leadership conference in Washington, D.C., this summer and has shared the details of her trip with Principal Mike Olson.
Goulding participated in the Junior National Young Leadership Conference at the National 4-H Conference Center in Maryland from July 13-18.
During the trip, she was able to room with other accomplished students from California and Florida. She participated in discussions about leadership traits, social issues, and problems in government during daily leadership focus groups. There were also group projects and simulations where the students were tasked with finding ways to combat worldwide issues, and how to properly debate with someone who has an opposing viewpoint. They also simulated an election where Goulding was named secretary of defense.
Students also heard 2010-11 NCAA champion wrestler and motivational speaker Anthony Robles share the challenges he faced and overcame while competing with only one leg.
Goulding and the other students visited the Newseum, where they discussed fake news reports and learned how to recognize them. She also went to several memorials, including the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Memorial, the Korean War Memorial and the Jefferson Memorial.
She also took a guided tour of the Capitol Building and viewed the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. Following that, the students took a walking tour of Capitol Hill and visited the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. On the last night of the trip, she stayed overnight at the Maryland Science Center and watched documentaries and experienced the exhibits in small private groups after the center had closed.
“I thoroughly enjoyed meeting people from across the country, learning about the history of our country, and the overall experience. I hope to use what I learned in my life going forward,” Goulding said.