A Centreville High School student attended the National Youth Leadership Forum on National Security in Washington, D.C., the first student in two years to represent the school at the event.
Tanya Kumar, a senior, is one of only 12 students to ever attend the six-day leadership forum, said Rizwana Groover, Tanya's mother. There were three sessions of the forum this year, with the last one ending on Sunday. Kumar attended the first session held on Sept. 24-29, Groover said.
Kumar was nominated by a teacher, who made the recommendation based on the student's academic excellence, leadership potential and interest in ROTC and Air Force career, she added.
Kumar is the commander of the ROTC Color Guard at Chantilly Academy, a governor's school program at Chantilly High school focused on STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) academics.
The forum is proposed to prepare students for careers in national security, intelligence and national diplomacy.
All three are open to students in grades 10th, 11th and 12th, according to the Nation Youth Leadership Forum website.
The national security forum's curriculum includes thought-provoking dialogue and subject matter based on real life. Senior members of the military and policymakers attend forum sessions and participate in question and answer segments with the students.