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COMMUNITY NEWS SEVENTH-GRADER LEARNS LEADERSHIP.

Harrison Rappoport, 12, a seventh-grader at Walter Reed Middle School in North Hollywood, joined 200 middle school students in Washington, D.C., this month for a leadership conference.

The students came from throughout the United States to attend the Junior National Young Leaders Conference, which introduces young people to examples of American leadership through history while helping them develop their own leadership skills.

In addition to participating in educational activities and presentations with high-profile individuals on Capitol Hill and study critical periods of American history, Harrison was to visit Colonial Williamsburg.

``The aim of the Junior National Young Leaders Conference is to inspire students like Harrison Rappoport to recognize their own leadership skills, measure their skills against those of current and former leaders, and return home with newfound confidence in their ability to exercise positive influence with their communities,'' said Mike Lasdy, executive director of the Congressional Youth Leaders Council, the organization that sponsors the conference.

His parents, Marcia and Fred Rappoport, say they ``couldn't be prouder of who Harrison has become and all that he strives to be.''

Annie Min of Simi Valley has been named a winner in the Power to Choose Scholarship competition, winning $5,000 tuition to attend one of the Art Institute locations in the region.

The scholarship competition was part of a large-scale voter registration and community awareness drive by the Art Institute during last year's presidential election season.

High school seniors and graduates submitted 500-word essays on how they would further their education and make an impact on their community.

Tamesha Nicole Jordan of Lake View Terrace has been selected to participate in the Nationals' 2005 Miss Junior Teen Pasadena pageant in March.

She will compete for a share in more than $20,000 in scholarships, prizes and specialty gifts. She will compete against girls from 10 to 19 in modeling routines, including casual and formal wear. As a contestant, she will display her personality and interview skills while appearing before this year's Pasadena judging panel.

If successful, Tamesha would represent Pasadena and the surrounding communities at the Cities of America National Competition in Orlando, Fla.

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Date:Feb 27, 2005
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