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Student at youth inaugural conference

January 18, 2009

Kelsey Briel, a freshman attending Harmony Intermediate School in Hamilton, Va., has been selected to attend the Presidential Youth Inaugural Conference from Jan. 17 to 21, in Washington, D.C.

Hosted once every four years, the conference recognizes a select group of high school students from across the U.S. for their scholastic merit and leadership ability. Students from across the country are nominated by teachers and principals, and the nominations are submitted to a national committee for approval.

Some of the events Kelsey will attend during the conference include meeting President-elect Barack Obama, witnessing the Presidential Oath of Office, attending the inaugural parade and a black-tie inaugural ball.

The inaugural scholars will take part in activities such as roundtable discussions with national journalists, renowned scholars and military leaders; meeting with congressional leaders, as well as attending special events with VIPs.

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Kelsey will have the opportunity to hear from conference keynote speakers such as retired general and former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell, as well as Nobel Prize winner and former Vice President Al Gore.

Other speakers will include seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, as well as several political leaders.

Kelsey is the daughter of Jan and Mike Briel of Round Hill, Va., and the granddaughter of Pat and Ed Middlekauff of Berkeley Springs, W.Va.

Ed Middlekauff is formerly of Hagerstown.

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