Jacob Sanchez, senior at Harlingen High School, is getting ready to be part of history.
Sanchez was selected to attend the Presidential Inaugural Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. He was selected along with high school students from around the nation to participate in the conference.
“I’m really excited to go,” said Sanchez. “I received a letter in the mail from Georgetown University, and I thought it was a scam. I called them to make sure.”
During the four-day symposium, Sanchez will participate in a series of workshops designed to develop leadership skills. While interacting with students, he will also have the opportunity to hear from top congressional leaders.
“I’m really looking forward to meeting the political figures and speaking to them one-on-one,” said Sanchez
The Keynote speaker at the conference will be Gen. Colin Powell, former Secretary of State, National Security Advisor and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. In addition, students will attend the 57th Presidential Inauguration and an Inauguration Ball hosted by LeadAmerica.
Sanchez hopes to gain more information on politics and the changes that periodically take place, he said.
Students were selected based on their SAT scores and grade point average. He submitted his application along with the SAT test.
The conference is held once every four years in conjunction with the formal Inauguration of the President and Vice President of the United States. This year the gathering will take place from Jan. 18 to Jan 22.