Baldwinsville Allyson Burzynski, an eighth grade student at Durgee Jr. High School, recently returned from Washington, DC where she attended a People to People World Leadership Forum.
Burzynski along with fellow delegates from around the world, participated in various activities, which included touring the Smithsonian museums, visiting the battleground at Gettysburg, attending the ceremony of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the national monuments and the White House.
Burzynski also participated in a dinner at the Dwight Eisenhower Farm House and the Saudi Arabian Embassy. Former First Lady, Laura Bush, was one of several guest speakers of which Burzynski was chosen to ask the former First Lady a question.
Throughout the course of the program, Burzynski learned about leadership and how iconic leaders throughout history have handled world events. Various hands-on activities, professional speakers, workshops and visits to significant memorials, museums and monuments gave Burzynski a new perspective on the importance and essential need for informed, passionate world leaders.
“I enjoyed all the sites, but what I liked most was meeting new friends from all over the country,” she said.
Burzynski was nominated to attend the leadership summit by Geoffrey Morton, principal of Ray Middle School where she attended as a seventh grader on Team 7.2.
The People to People World Leadership Forum offers students a unique blend of specialized educational, leadership and cultural exposure through a variety of experiences. The organization was established in 1954 by President Eisenhower in an effort to develop the leadership potential in the youth of the United States.