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Miss White goes to Washington

Posted: September 22, 2008 8:36 p.m.
Updated: November 24, 2008 5:00 a.m.

Rachael White, a seventh grader at Rio Norte Junior High, is attending the People to People World Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C. next week.


When June Bailey, a teacher at Charles Helmers Elementary School, needed to nominate a class leader for the People to People Student Leader program, one student immediately came to mind: Rachael White.

"The People to People program wants students that will be future leaders - that is Rachael," Bailey said.

Bailey nominated Rachael for the program in 2007 when she was a student in Bailey's sixth-grade class at Helmers in Valencia. Rachael, now a seventh grader at Rio Norte Junior High, leaves this week to attend the People to People
World Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C.

Bailey describes Rachael as an outstanding leader with very strong character, an honor student and an award-winning dancer.

"I think Rachael will use this trip to start networking," Bailey said. "She is going to go so far in life, and this will give her the opportunity to meet other like-minded students."

Rachael will join a select group of students in the nation's capitol Sept. 29 through Oct. 5 to earn high school credit while studying leadership and exploring some of the nation's most prominent monuments and institutions.

The students will visit Capitol Hill, the Smithsonian Institution, Colonial Williamsburg and other historical and political sites. Forum delegates will participate in small-group discussions and exercises to experience first-hand how successful leaders develop strategies, make decisions, build consensus and foster change.

"I think Rachael will make lots of friends who share the same ambitious goals that she has for the future," Bailey said.

The People to People Student Leader programs were developed to fulfill the vision President Dwight D. Eisenhower had for fostering world citizenship. Eisenhower founded People to People during his presidency in 1956.


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