Rocklin boy to attend inauguration

Brian Lee heads to D.C. next week
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A 12-year-old Rocklin boy has been accepted to attend the Middle School Presidential Inaugural Conference in Washington, D.C. As part of the trip, he and outstanding middle-schoolers from across the United States will witness the inauguration of Barack Obama for is second term as president.

Brian Lee, a seventh-grader at Granite Oaks Middle School, is active in many school and extracurricular activities, including serving as secretary of the Student Senate Committee, participating in the school’s Broadcasting Club, French Club and orchestra, playing both violin and piano. He’s also an avid swimmer and skier.

“The Presidential Inaugural Conference will provide students with an opportunity to take part in historic events that coincide with the inauguration of the president of the United States,” said Dr. Marguerite Ryan, dean of academic affairs for the Presidential Inaugural Conference. “Something that is really wonderful about so many young people gathering in Washington, D.C., for this event is that it will provide them a chance to become more familiar and attuned to the president who will govern our country over the next four years. We certainly hope this will inspire the next generation of U.S. leaders.”

Brian said he’s very excited f or the conference, as he finds the inauguration process fascinating. He also looks forward to the speakers he’ll hear in addition to witnessing the ceremony.

“I’ll be learning about past leaders, and I’ll be learning about the presidential parties,” he explained.

In addition to the inauguration, the young scholars will hear about growing in up in the first family from former first daughters Barbara Pierce Bush and Jenna Bush Hager, and will hear from fellow students who have affected change in their own schools and communities. The group will attend a special viewing party and luncheon to watch the inaugural parade on large viewing screens, and will attend the Gala Inaugural Celebration at National Harbor.

They’ll also explore historic sites and memorials in D.C., and participate in activities designed to expand their knowledge of democratic principles and the presidential election process.

Brian is an alumnus of the National Young Leadership Conference, to which he was recommended by his fifth-grade teacher. He attended his first NYLC conference in Washington, D.C. in August 2011, where he learned the principles of leadership qualities and participated in many activities to develop leadership skills. Along with the Presidential Inaugural Conference held this January, Brian plans on attending the next upcoming alumni leadership conference held in Boston.

His long-term goal is to eventually work in the medical profession as a physician or medical researcher.