SPOKANE - Douglas Parsons, Jose Gonzalez Martinez and Israel Bautista Bautista of the Ocean Beach School District have been selected to attend the upcoming Student Leadership Conference (SLC).

"The Opportunity to Succeed!" will be the theme for the 23rd annual SLC to be held at Gonzaga University on May 21 through 24. The four-day conference sponsored by the Washington state Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Migrant Education Program will bring 80-plus high school students to the Spokane campus.

"Students were selected based on outstanding leadership skills and their potential for future development," Linda Roberts, conference coordinator, said.

Small group forums, led by a corps of volunteer professionals from both education and non-educational fields, will serve as the vehicle to promote student leadership, problem solving, self-esteem, trust building, communication skills, values and goal setting. Recreational activities are designed to promote cooperation, trust and bonding. Students will also learn valuable life skills, which can be implemented in their own communities.

The Student Leadership Conference has received national recognition by the Department of Education by the Washington State School Board as an exemplary program serving educationally disadvantaged students. The students represent over 30 school districts from throughout the state.

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