KINGMAN - It has been more than two weeks since White Cliffs Middle School eighth-grader Alexa Chandler attended the National Young Leaders State Conference, and she is already reaping the rewards.
Alexa described the conference in Phoenix from Sept. 11 to 14 as one of the most fun experiences of her life.
"I met a lot of cool people," Alexa said.
Meeting a wide variety of people, Alexa said she was able to learn a lot about them and a lot about herself. She learned not to judge people.
"I'm starting to listen to people I don't normally talk to at school," Alexa said.
The Congressional Youth Leadership Council presented the conference. At the conference, Alexa attended leadership development sessions, workshops and team-builders focusing on diversity and tolerance. The participants also engaged in performances and demonstrations at the variety show.
"At first she thought it was boring, but after a day of learning, team-building and visiting with others, she was very comfortable," said Celeste Steed, Alexa's mother. "In fact, she didn't want to come home!"
Celeste and her husband, Robert Steed, funded the trip supplemented with donations from local business, organizations and friends.
Alexa was the first WCMS student to attend the conference.