APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE FOR McCONNELL CENTER'S YOUNG LEADERS ACADEMY

Will Barack Obama be remembered more for winning the Nobel Peace Prize or for ordering the death of Osama bin Laden? Harry Truman ordered the atomic bomb be dropped on Japan to aid the ending of the war. Did this make him a hero or villain?

These topics, among others, will be the focus of the McConnell Center's Young Leaders Academy offered at the University of Louisville July 27-30.

This year's theme, "Heroes and Villains of American History," will allow Kentucky high school students (grade 9-12) to explore American history by discussing men and women who have become famous (or infamous) for their actions and ideas. Participants will learn about a wide swath of American history from the founding to the present in this innovative summer program.

Participants will stay on the university's Belknap Campus under the guidance of McConnell Center staff and university honors students. Participants will take part in a series of seminars, discussions, lectures, team-building activities and structured socials during their four-day stay.

Sessions will be led by faculty, staff and students of the University of Louisville and other area institutions and will be conducted at or near an entry-level college experience.

Each participant will receive a full YLA scholarship that includes free lodging, meals and all conference materials.

"This is a particularly great opportunity for high school students who think they want to compete for a position in the prestigious McConnell Scholars Program when they get to college," said Dr. Gary Gregg, director of the McConnell Center.

Applications are available online at www.louisville.edu/mcconnellcenter/civics/yla and are due June 17. For more information about the Young Leaders Academy, contact Malana Salyer, civic education coordinator at the McConnell Center, at 502-852-8811.

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