Submitted by: Kim Braisted
As members of the A+ Student Voice Team for Alabama, four Zion Chapel students were invited to the National Council on Civics Annual Conference in Washington DC. Nate Braisted, Brianna Davis, Chloe Meadows, and Skyler Nalley all attended and spoke with a panel of young adults to discuss their efforts and plans for the future of Alabama teens. They heard from speakers and civic organizations from around the country who are affecting change in their communities like Community Renewal International, I Civics, Inspire US, National Conversation Project, Represent US, The American Promise and many more. Several authors who have written works on democratic topics spoke at the NCOC, like Mike Gurzon author of The Reunited States of America. The A+ Student Voice team was inspired by the efforts of these groups and hopes to narrow their focus on what they plan to accomplish on the state level in Alabama. The students also had opportunities to tour the nation’s capital, including a Ghost Tour in Layfette Park by the White House, the NEWSEUM, the Lincoln and Vietnam Memorials, and the historic US Capitol Building arranged by Martha Roby’s office. “It was amazing, very inspiring, and I learned a lot!” said Nate Braisted. The students thank Jill West at A+ Education Partnership who serves as the Alabama A+ Student Voice Team facilitator and organized the trip. They also express sincere appreciation to businesses and groups like National Security, the American Legion Post #145, Troy Cable, and South Alabama Electric Cooperative, as well as a number of individual community members who contributed financially toward this unique opportunity.