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News about students News about students (April 21, 2004)

Learning about law at D.C. forum

Claire Conrad of Portola Valley participated recently in a leadership forum in Washington, D.C., and learned how U.S. Supreme Court Justices rule on legal issues and legal teams argue their cases.

Claire joined 350 high school juniors and seniors participating in the National Youth Leadership Forum on Law, aimed at helping young people make career choices. The students were selected because of academic achievement and interest in the legal profession.

The forum gives students opportunities to try their skills through simulated court cases, and to learn from attorneys and court officials from the municipal level to the Supreme Court. The students also visit law firms, courts and law schools, such as the University of Maryland School of Law, Washington College of Law at American University, and Howard University Law School.

Claire, the daughter of Bjorn and Kirby Conrad, attends Los Altos High School.

Julia Duncan attends leadership conference

Julia Duncan, a junior at Woodside Priory School in Portola Valley, participated recently in the National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C.

Chosen for demonstrated leadership potential and scholastic merit, Julia met with elected officials, political appointees, and newsmakers as she and other students explored the three branches of government, the news media and the international community.

Julia has served on Rep. Anna Eshoo's Youth Advisory Board, founded her own Charity Club that gets teens involved in community service, and raised funds for the American Red Cross and the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. She has donated handmade gifts to Stanford's children's hospital.

The daughter of Carol and Andrew Duncan of Atherton, Julia rows for the Silicon Valley crew team.

A different kind of spring break

Menlo Park native Eric Perret recently joined about a dozen other students from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, at a Habitat for Humanity project in John's Island, South Carolina.

The students worked alongside other volunteers from around the country and the future homeowners to build houses. Some 10,500 students from 700 colleges, universities and high schools worked at 200 sites nationwide. This program is part of the Collegiate Challenge, a year-round program coordinated through the Collegiate Challenge Team at Habitat for Humanity in Americus, Georgia.

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