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  • Photos providedGathering outside The White House entrance after their visit were the Monroe-Woodbury High School and Monroe-Woodbury Middle School students and advisers who attended the annual Leadership Experience and Development (LEAD) Conference in Washington, D.C., Jan. 25 to 28.




  • Gathering after their tour inside The White House were the students and advisers who represented Monroe-Woodbury High School.




  • The students and advisers who represented Monroe-Woodbury Middle School after their tour inside The White House.



WASHINGTON, D.C. — Students from Monroe-Woodbury High School and Monroe-Woodbury Middle School attended the National Association of Secondary Principals’ Leadership Experience and Development (LEAD) Conference in Washington, D.C., Jan. 25 to 28, just days after the federal government reopened after its three-day shutdown.

Part of their trip's itinerary for the 99 students and their advisers included a very rare visit inside the White House, the foremost symbol of the American presidency, and one of the most familiar symbols in the world of American democracy.

Middle school teacher Eileen McNamara has organized the conference trip for more than 20 years and this was the first year that high school students attended. The competitive selection criteria for both schools included demonstrated academic achievement and community service work.

The conference offered experiential leadership skills development to students and advisers of the National Honor Society, the National Junior Honor Society and National Student Council, and is intended to sharpen their leadership skills to improve their school culture and community while networking with peers from around the country.


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