Colby Neidig and Nicholas Brown, junior cadets in the William Floyd High School NJROTC Program, recently participated in the Valley Forge Freedom Foundation Youth Conference in Valley Forge, PA, a four-day conference on citizenship, democracy, the free enterprise system, the judicial system and the American political process.
This year’s conference, consisting of approximately 80 select high school students from across the nation, included thought-provoking lectures, historical tours and experiential workshops, all designed to develop leadership skills and deepen their understanding of the rights and responsibilities of engaged citizens. It also focused on developing the youth to lead civic engagement, become more aware of the U.S. Constitution, patriotism, good citizenship and what it takes to be a leader in society.
Each year, two outstanding junior cadets from William Floyd attend with all expenses paid for by two Military Order of World Wars chapters, one on Long Island and the other in Philadelphia.
Speaking of his experience, Cadet Neidig said, “I gained an appreciation of the founding and structure of our national government.”
Cadet Brown agreed, stating, “I gained a better understanding of our Constitution and Bill of Rights. It was a great opportunity to further develop my leadership skills.”
Senior Naval Science instructor Commander Jay Tweed (USN/Ret.) said that this year’s conference was a “milestone” in each of these cadets’ lives.