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14-year old Ulysses Jarvis of Salida recently attended the Junior National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C. Ulysses was one of 250 middle school students from across the United States who were nominated by teachers to attend the conference, which focused on leadership and civic duty.

Ulysses Jarvis of Salida checks into the Junior National Young Leaders Conference, Photo courtesy Salida Circus Outreach Foundation

Ulysses was nominated by Samantha Bahn, his 8th-grade teacher at Crest Academy.  The conference was held from July 16 to 21, 2022, and included tours of the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument and White House.

“At the conference, I learned that leadership isn’t just one thing. Leadership includes a lot of emotional learning and life experience,” said Jarvis. “Being at the conference taught me to be confident in my speaking and I learned a lot from the inspirational speakers.”

“The Junior National Young Leaders Conference made a great decision when they invited Ulysses to attend. Always a curious, adventuresome, and kind kid, this conference was perfect for him. He took in so much and couldn’t wait to share what he learned about leadership skills and the value of authenticity. I’m so proud of him and look forward to seeing how he applies his newfound knowledge,” added trip chaperone Colleen Coyne.

A community fundraiser was organized by Salida Circus Outreach Foundation to cover travel and conference costs. $3,125 was raised which covered the costs of the conference and airfare.

Featured image: Ulysses Jarvis of Salida checks in at the Junior National Young Leaders Conference. Photo courtesy Salida Circus Outreach Foundation