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Military teen earns national spotlight

By Colie Young, Deputy Public Affairs Officer | | September 30, 2010

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The eighth grade student of an enlisted Marine recently learned her hard work earned her a spot in a prominent national program.

Satarah Jackson, 13-year-old daughter of Master Gunnery Sgt. Erik Jackson, communications chief, Command, Control, Communications, Computers (C-4), Marine Corps Logistics Command, was accepted into the People to People World Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C., which runs through Saturday.

An honor roll student at St. Teresa’s School in Albany, Jackson’s middle school guidance counselor nominated her for the program. She will study leadership and explore some of the United States’ most prominent monuments and institutions with a select group of students while at the Capitol.

Jackson said she was “very excited” to be traveling to Washington, D.C., and is looking forward to the new experience.

“I am expecting to meet new people and get new ideas for my student council,” the Simi Valley, Calif., native said. “I’ll be running for school vice president and I believe this experience will help me win.”

From Capitol Hill to the Smithsonian Institution, and from historic Gettysburg to the National Museum of American History, Jackson will examine the characteristics of American leadership during times of national challenge and prosperity, according to a news release put out by People to People.

Forum delegates will also participate in small-group discussions and exercises to experience firsthand how successful leaders develop strategies, make decisions, build consensus and foster change.

Based on her outstanding scholastic merit, civic involvement and leadership potential, members of the People to People World Leadership Forum selected Jackson for the honor, according to the People to People news release.

“After the school sent up her nomination, her package had to go before a national board to be selected,” her father said. “This is pretty special.”


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