He is one of only 50 students chosen to participate. The Congress only invites 16 students from Kentucky, 32 from across the United States and two from other countries. All expenses are paid by The Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship.
Students are selected based on: excellent academic performance; participation in relevant coursework and extra-curricular activities; a record of integrity, service and leadership; strong writing skills; and an endorsement from his or her high school.
Named for the “The Great Compromiser” statesman, who served in State and National elected office and as U.S. Secretary of State (1825-1829), the week-long event’s goal is to promote public leadership by educating rising high school seniors about Clay and how issues of today could be resolved through compromise, consensus building and conflict resolution.
Elected officials, business people and academics speak with students about “the importance of applying the art of compromise in every aspect of their activities without sacrificing their own values,” according to the Center. Students also will attend a debate in the State Capitol, tour Ashland Estate (Henry Clay’s Estate), visit Three Chimneys Farm and enjoy a tour and dinner at the Governor’s Mansion.
For more information on the center and the program you can visit – www.transy.edu/about/henry_clay_center.htm