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Three Ridge Community High students are home after a trip to historic Valley Forge. In July, Junior ROTC Cadets Stanley Daniel, Johnathon Baker and Kylee Rancier traveled to Pennsylvania for the “Spirit of America, Youth Leadership Conference.” The event provides teenagers from around the country an opportunity to
articulate their views and perceptions about their constitutional rights and discuss current issues facing the United States. Students work collaboratively on projects aimed at teaching them about the national economic system and entrepreneurship, attend seminars, participate in summits that simulate Congressional debates dealing with Bill of Rights concepts, and take field trips to historic landmarks in Philadelphia and Valley Forge.
Making the trip more memorable is the setting for the conference. If you recall, General George Washington and his troops were based in Valley Forge from December of 1777 to June of 1778. His stay at Valley Forge is one of the milestones of the American Revolutionary War.
All three students were sponsored by the Tampa Bay Chapter of the National Sojourners, Inc. They were selected and awarded full scholarships to the conference, making them the first group of students ever selected from Ridge Community High.
The conference is a joint initiative between the National Sojourners, Inc. and Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge. The National Sojourners, Inc. is a national fraternal organization meeting the needs of military and honorary members who are Masons that serves to advance programs that promote love of country. The goal of the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge is to educate and inspire students and their teachers with the words, meaning and emotion that the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights convey.News