Rocklin girl to attend state leadership conference

Janel Vaughn selected for San Diego event
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Janel Vaughn of Rocklin will attend the National Young Leaders State Conference from March 28-March 31 in San Diego.

This year, outstanding students from across the nation will take part in the leadership development program being held in 30 cities across the country. Themed “Courageous Leadership,” the National Young Leaders State Conference “helps young scholars take an introspective and highly personalized assessment of their leadership skills and abilities,” according to an NYLSC press release.

Throughout the four-day program, students will build a working “toolkit” of strategies to help them successfully dream, create and implement plans that will change how they view their role as leaders in their communities.

“The steps each person takes in discovering his or her own leadership strengths can be a very personal process,” said Marguerite Regan, Ph.D., dean of Academic affairs for the Congressional Youth Leadership Council, the organization that sponsors NYLSC. “The National Young Leaders State Conference will help students get at the heart of their innate talents and skills and will also help them to identify how they can best serve their communities.”

Vaughn is a sixth-grader at Rocklin Elementary School and was nominated to participate in the conference by her teacher Janie Johnson. She is the daughter of Michael and Viviana Vaughn

Vaughn’s accomplishments at school include making the Principal’s List and Honor Roll, having perfect attendance and participating in the Math Olympiad. Her usual activities include playing soccer and basketball. She is also an avid reader who enjoys fantasy, fiction and the classics.

Vaughn would like to teach or become a chef. One of her favorite things to do is to watch “Cupcake Wars” and then go to the kitchen and whip up a new type of cupcake for the family.

Vaugh said she believes the conference will help her develop leadership skills that will assist her in realizing her dreams in the future.