Aspen High student to get a real-life lesson in politics | AspenTimes.com

Aspen High student to get a real-life lesson in politics

Loren Sackett

Kristin Wright, a student at Aspen High School, will soon join an elite group of students from around the world who have been invited to a leadership conference in Washington, D.C.

Wright is one of only 160 students who will participate in the National Student Leadership Conference on International Law and Diplomacy. She will explore and experience, firsthand, the world of political decision-making and international conflict resolution.

Local student Samantha Haberman also attended the program earlier this summer.

Students from around the U.S. and more than 31 foreign countries will find themselves immersed in a learning environment unlike any they have ever experienced. They will participate in a United Nations Security Council briefing where they will assume the role of United Nations delegates in order to discuss a controversial international issue, draft resolutions, and prepare for an international summit.

On the eve of her departure, Wright said she hopes to accomplish several goals at the conference.

“I hope to meet a bunch of people and learn a lot about international law, because that’s what I want to do when I grow up – work for the U.N. or be a diplomat, or something of that sort,” she said.

Students will also attend workshops designed to help develop their communication and negotiation skills. Special briefings from domestic and international experts will add a sense of reality and bring the issues to life. Past speakers have included senators, congressional representatives, ambassadors, presidential candidates, federal and state court judges, and Pentagon and White House officials.

The 11-day program aims to help students not only develop a better understanding of international law and politics, but the ability to think on their feet, engage in critical analysis, and effectively communicate.

Wright hopes to gain from the program “a better understanding of what these people do, and how diplomacy and international relations work.”

“Students develop a sense of independence and responsibility,” said Dr. Paul M. Lisnek, the NSLC Director of Academics and former Assistant Dean at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. “They leave with a true feeling of accomplishment and confidence in their ability to handle the challenges that lie ahead.”

The NSLC also offers a similar Leadership Conference on Law and Advocacy at Stanford University and American University in Washington, D.C. For information, call 1-800-994-NSLC.


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