WASHINGTON, D.C. - Yazzie Voigt of Prairie City, was recently selected to participate in the National Youth Leadership Forum on Defense, Intelligence and Diplomacy (NYLF/DID) from March 1 - 6, 2005 in Washington, D.C.

Having demonstrated academic achievement and an interest in a career related to national security, Voigt will join approximately 400 outstanding high school juniors and seniors from across the United States at the forum.

"Imagine being 16 or 17 years old and the responsibility of securing the United States at home and abroad rests on your shoulders.

Through specialized simulations, the NYLF/DID, strives to put students like Voigt in the driver's seat of building a strategy that will uphold our national security," said Donna Snyder, executive director of NYLF.

"The combination of interacting with professionals and with other students in this setting ensures that leaders are being developed so the future of our country will remain very bright."

Students will examine how the U.S. plans for peace and prepares for crisis. Students will meet with leaders from key agencies and institutions.

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