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Youth Salute Winners Attend National Leadership Conference

November 14, 2019 -- Four seniors from Osbourn High School (OHS) recently traveled to St. Louis, Missouri, to represent Manassas City Public Schools at the National Council on Youth Leadership’s Town Meeting on Tomorrow. Students Jenny Cruz, Kevin Hernandez-Morales, Laura Skaggs, and Irving Vargas-Herrera, were selected from among 12 nominees based on their academic accomplishments, community service contributions and leadership activity in various organizations.

Each of the students are members of the National Council on Youth Leadership (NCYL) at OHS, which is a program that “recognizes and fosters high ideals of leadership and integrity among the youth of America."

At the Town Meeting of Tomorrow, held October 19-23, young leaders from across the country participated in leadership workshops and seminars taught by professionals and political leaders, networked with other youth leaders with diverse backgrounds and enhanced their skills during small group experimental learning activities.

The students chosen to represent OHS have demonstrated outstanding leadership at school and in the community.

Jenny Cruz is an active member of the Future Business Leaders of America and the National Honor Society. She previously served as a peer mentor and tutor. Upon graduation, she plans to join the U.S. Coast Guard and pursue finance.

Kevin Hernandez-Morales is in AVID, serves as a peer mentor and is an SCA class officer. He participates in OHS’s guitar program and plans to study business after graduation so he can pursue a career in philanthropy and entrepreneurship.

Laura Skaggs is editor-in-chief and a photographer for OHS’s yearbook, vice president of the Key Club and captain of both the swim and golf team. She is also an active member of the orchestra and track team, teaches Sunday school and is an award-winning baker. She plans to pursue a career in the hospitality industry.

Irving Vargas-Herrera is an active member of his church and a dedicated volunteer. He participates in community service through the Prince William Public Library system, serves as a writing center tutor and is a member of the track team. He plans to study history, theology, and philosophy in college.

The winners were announced during an awards ceremony at Osbourn on October 7, where the following nominees were also recognized for their achievements: Edith Rivera Lopez, Sofia Melendez, Samantha Donaire, Audrey Done, Blair Rubach, Ivylynn Powell, Love Delaney, and Merlin Gamez-Melendez.

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2019 Youth Salutes

Winners of the 2019 Youth Salute program attended the Manassas City School Board meeting November 12, 2019, to thank the Board for its support and share their experiences of attending the national leadership conference. Pictured, left to right, are: OHS senior Irving Vargas-Herrera, Superintendent Dr. Kevin Newman, OHS senior Laura Skaggs, Chairman Sanford Williams, OHS senior Jenny Cruz, OHS Dean of Students Wanda Vincente, board member Suzanne Seaberg and OHS senior Kevin Hernandez-Morales.