Last updated: July 18. 2013 2:09PM - 239 Views
Debbie Rolen
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MAN – Three months ago an honor student at Man High School was raising money to pay expenses for a trip to Washington, D.C.

Hunter Gage Montgomery is the son of Rick and Donna Montgomery of Man. The Man High School sophomore had been nominated to represent Man High School and West Virginia by participating in the National Youth Leadership Forum on National Security: Exploring American Diplomacy, Intelligence and Defense to be held in Washington, D.C.

Montgomery just returned from attending the forum, along with the other 300-400 students who were chosen based on their GPA and academic excellence.

The forum offered the high school students an intensive exploration in the field of government service. Students were introduced to careers in defense including intelligence, the diplomatic corps, national/homeland security.

During the forum, the students participated in question and answer sessions with internationally recognized civilian policymakers and senior military officers, who provided insight into current issues and discussed the strategies that helped them to succeed.

“I was honored to be invited to such a prestigious event.” Montgomery said. “The forum was a great hands-on experience for the career field that I hope to pursue after high school. I gained important leadership skills and made new friends from across the country. I give thanks to my sponsors for believing in me and assisting with my tuition. I know I would not have been able to enjoy this exciting opportunity without them. Fundraisers and sponsors who donated so generously include Beronica Bragg, Michelle Osborne, Bethel Tabernacle, Freddie and Mitzi Rick, Keefer Powersports, Rick Grimmett, Logan Motor Sales, Perry Harvey, Uncle Sam’s Loans, Jimmy and Debby Caudill, Uncle Tom’s Loans, Man Lions Club, Margaret Clay, The Logan County Commission and many other friends and family members.”

For more information on the forum go online to http:/www.nylf.org/ns

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