By Cameron Brazell
Special to The Ely Times
At the end of the school year last year I received a letter that said I was nominated to go to Washington D.C. for a National Youth Forum on National Security.
We did fundraisers and so many people supported me through fundraisers and donations.
I got a job at the White Pine Aquatics Center to help fund this trip.
I got to Washington on Oct. 4 and came home on Oct. 9 2016.
When I arrived to the National 4-H building in Washington D.C., they checked us in and had us go to dinner and the opening keynote speaker meeting.
When we got up the next morning, they showed us where we would meet up in the mornings with our group, I was in the Hopper group, or Hop Squad, was our nickname. This was going to be the group we would be with all week.
I made a few good friends in my group, John, Keith and Nick. They took us to see the Korean War Memorial and the Lincoln Memoriam, National Mall, the Museum for Air and Space and the Washington Memorial.
We also seen the Flame of all Eternity…I think it was called. We stood where Martin Luther King gave his “I have a dream” speech.
We got a group photo done in front of the capital building and went to the Arabian Embassy and got to see their culture. The last two days were the National Security simulation days.
The first day I failed because I was the group leader, my title was “Assistant Secretary of State for Narcotics and Law” I took the bribe from the terrorists and my group and myself were killed.
While I was there, I had to wear suits and ties…for those of you that know me, I like plaid shirts, my cowboy boots, a buckle and my hat – no suits – no ties.
I had a lot of fun representing my county and state at Envison’s NYLF National Security Youth Forum in Washington D.C. I was able to see what it will be like to go into this field when I graduate High School and I received two college credits to take with me to college.