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Local students attend leadership conference in Stephenville

Two DeWitt County students have returned from Texas Farm Bureau’s (TFB) 56th annual Youth Leadership Conference (YLC). Sophie Seidel and Katy Gwosdz represented DeWitt County Farm Bureau at the conference this year.

“YLC is a great opportunity for our students to gain the knowledge and skills they need to become the next generation of leaders,” Wes Dukes, DeWitt County Farm Bureau president, said.  “Sophie and Katy are well on their way to becoming  successful young leaders after attending this great conference.” Students who attend YLC engage in goal-setting activities that help build character, confidence and leadership skills.

Students also learn about the free enterprise system and how it’s the foundation that enables America to prosper. “The YLC experience is designed to help each student examine and uncover their own personal attributes and abilities,” Dukes said. “They’re encouraged to use their talents and skills in a way that will help them to lead successfully.” YLC is open to high school juniors and seniors. Students who attended the year prior may apply to return as junior counselors, who serve as team leaders for the students.

Those who attend YLC are eligible to enter TFB’s Free Enterprise Speech Contest for a chance at a college scholarship and are also eligible to apply for the Dick Mitchell Memorial Scholarship.

The conference was held June 10-14 at Tarleton State University in Stephenville.

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