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Jocelynn Ellertson to Attend
Leadership Conference in Czech Republic

 MAILED:  Nov. 4, 2003

EAU CLAIRE — Jocelynn Ellertson, a junior at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, has been accepted to participate in the International Youth Leadership Conference in Prague, Czech Republic, in January 2004.

Ellertson, a social studies education major from Albert Lea, Minn., will be among 160 students from around the world to take part in the weeklong forum on world politics, law and international relations Jan. 4-9, 2004.

Ellertson was selected on the basis of her grade point average and other university credentials as well as two essays she submitted on leadership.

“I’m very honored to be chosen for this unique experience,” Ellertson said, noting that she is the first student from UW-Eau Claire to attend the conference, which is in its sixth year.

At the conference she will participate as a foreign diplomat in a United Nations Security Council crisis meeting, a lawyer in an International War Crimes Tribunal, or a politician in a Model Parliament debating a country’s domestic policy. She also will visit the foreign embassies in Prague and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In high school Ellertson held leadership positions in Future Leaders of America, now known as Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. She has been a head lifeguard and pool manager in Albert Lea and is trained as an American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor.

Her long term goal is to be a secondary teacher in all social studies areas with an emphasis on political science.

Ellertson said the trip will cost about $1,200. She is seeking donations from service clubs and others to help with her expenses.


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Updated: November 4, 2003