By Kayla Mix
Cougar News Blog
Cactus Canyon seventh grader Nathaniel Candelas has joined a program called Junior National Young Leaders. Part of being in JNYL is attending a conference in Washington, D.C., which Candelas last summer.
JNYL is a place for young leaders who are mature and do the right thing. As part of the conference, students participate in leadership focus groups and get to go to different historical places and monuments around Washington, D.C. They also travel to nearby places like Harper’s Ferry to learn about history and facts that changed everything for some people.
“My most memorable trip was when I went to Harper’s Ferry in West Virginia,” said Candelas. “We learned about John Brown’s raid on Harper’s Ferry and how it affected West Virginia.”
JNYL is a program that will look great on student records and applications and will help students who want to become leaders. To be a good candidate for the JNYL conference, students must be able to set goals, have problem-solving skills, and be a leader not a follower. Candelas, like many students in the program, was nominated by a teacher, Gay Haward. She felt he demonstrated all of those characteristics and would learn a lot on the trip.
“D.C. is a place where when people go they become a more enthusiastic American,” said Gay Hayward.
Nathaniel has showed all of his classes and teachers that he has what it takes to be a leader, and represent his school and his Apache Junction community.