Student walked in U.S. leaders’ footsteps

Harrison Miller of Barnwell joined more than 250 other middle school students from across the country to take part in an extraordinary leadership conference in Washington, D.C. this summer.
Miller, a rising sixth grader at Barnwell Elementary School, attended the Junior National Young Leaders Conference, themed Voices of Leadership: Reflecting on the Past to Create the Future. He is the son of Nathaniel and Lily Miller of Barnwell, and the grandson of Louis and Bernice Dix of Allendale.
The conference introduced the students to the "rich tradition of leadership throughout American history, while helping them to develop their own leadership skills," according to a press release.
"The aim of the (JNYLC) is to inspire students to recognize their own leadership skills, measure their skills against those of current and former leaders and return home with new confidence in their ability to exercise positive influence within their communities," said Marguerite Regan, the dean of academic affairs for the Congressional Youth Leadership Council, a sponsor of the conference, in the release.
The six-day program allowed students to take part in educational activities and presentations and explore relevant sites, like Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, W. Va., and Washington, D.C.'s museums and memorials.
They also examined notable U.S. leaders and historic figures and studied the impact of leadership throughout critical periods of American history, including the Civil War and Reconstruction, World War II, the Great Depression and the Civil Rights Movement.