By Ashley Rader
Harold McCormick Elementary fifth-grade student Kayin Haynes is one of a select few students who will attend a leadership conference in Washington, D.C., this summer.
Kayin was one of a handful of students nominated to attend the 2013 Junior National Young Leadership Conference from June 16-21 by his teacher, Sherri Aubrey, for his academic performance and leadership potential.
Aubrey said she nominated Kayin for his leadership skills, good study, intelligence and his interaction with his peers.
“Kayin is very level-headed,” Aubrey “He is studious and very kind. He is a well-rounded person.”
The news that he had been nominated for the conference was a surprise for Kayin.
“I was pretty excited when I found out,” Kayin said. “Out of all the kids at the school, she picked me and a few other kids.”
A total of 10 students from Harold McCormick were nominated for the conference: Jaxton Holly, Jacob Lipford, Caleb Miller, Patrick O’Quinn, Levi Shingleton, Nick Street, Carlee Sullins, Nate Wetzel, Benny Ceffalo and Kayin.
Aubrey said it was not clear if any of the others planned to attend.
During the conference, Kayin and the other students will have the chance to meet with a number of today’s leaders and learn the stories of leadership through the history of the country. The group will also visit the capital’s memorials, the National Museum of American History, the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial and many other sites.