Submitted by: Krishmaa Manandhar (Student Assistant)
Twenty three seniors along with Dr. Murray, Dr. Pam Thomas, Mrs. Odom and Mrs. Searcy had the opportunity to experience one of the significant events of the year.
We paid our heartfelt respects to all of those who sacrificed their lives for the future of America at the Arlington Cemetery. We experienced the scenery of Washington D.C. in a night tour of the monuments and historical sites. We had a private tour of the Pentagon where we were forever mesmerized by the 911 memorial. The rotunda of the Capital left everyone in awe with our personal tour given by Congressman Hayes’ assistant. We were able to meet shortly with Senator Richard Burr for a photo and a quick discussion in which he shared his experience of being in the political arena throughout his long career.
The highlight of the tour was the meeting with the Ambassador of Nepal, Mr. Kedar Shrestha, who invited us to his house. He was very gracious. He generously offered us Nepalese snacks. He dis¬cussed the current situation in Nepal, its unique culture and his role as an ambassador.
Throughout the tip the students and faculty were able to appreciate and realize the enormity of this trip. To sum it up, it was truly one of the greatest opportunities that all of us will remember forever.
Tags: Leadership Fellows
In February, the senior representatives of Leadership Fellows had the opportunity to travel to Washington DC with Mrs. Amy Odom, Mrs. Susan Sganga, and Dr. Pam Thomas. Along with some sight seeing, students had the privilege of meeting with some important leaders and discussing what aspects of leadership are important to them.
Senator Elizabeth Dole was able to take time from her busy schedule for a quick introduction. Although she was only able to talk with us briefly, everyone was impressed by her poise and sincerity. The group was also able to meet Congressman Robin Hayes. In response to our many questions, Congressman Hayes remarked that loyalty and consistency are two of the most important characteristics of a strong leader.
During the trip, the Leadership Fellows were also able to attend a lecture by Wilma Mankiller, who is an author as well as the first woman elected Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. Her lecture focused on the role of women, especially Native Americans in today’s society.
Some of the many sites the group was able to visit included the Capitol Building, the Pentagon, the National Cathedral, the Presidential and War Memorials, the Library of Congress and the Supreme Court. Along with these historical places the group also participated in a filming of CNN’s show Crossfire. We also found the time to have some interactive fun at the new Spy Museum. The four-day trip concluded with a stop at Arlington Cemetery. Overall, it was an enlightening as well as a very enjoyable trip.
Submitted by Jessica Lane