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Two Washington & Lee High School GEAR UP students, Hazen Shryock and Destiny Crockett along with their parents, Julia Shryock and Towanda Smith, represented the Virginia delegation at the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP) conference in Washington, DC on July 17-20, 2016.

The students were selected by their 8th grade teachers at Montross Middle School to attend the Youth Leadership Summit (YLS). The YLS provides a high quality, national–level interactive training experience and peer-to-peer learning opportunity for 9th-12th grade high school students who are currently participating in GEAR UP programs. This year 150 students were selected from across the United States and Guam to attend.

“Everyone has a story. Let GEAR UP be your outlet to express it,” Destiny Crockett noted when asked about her time at the conference. “The best way to sum up my NCCEP/Gear Up conference experience was that it was empowering. I can start by saying I am truly honored to be able to be given the opportunity. To be able to work with so many amazing people from all over was the highlight of my trip. When going up there I didn’t think three days would teach anyone as much as it taught me. Being a part of the conference taught me, to not be so much of a quiet leader, but to speak up and take charge when it is necessary. NCCEP/ Gear Up conference is something I would definitely attend again.”

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Source: Westmoreland News