Students attend Kenley conference

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Local high school students got a behind-the-scenes look at state government during the 17th Luke Kenley Leadership Conference held at the Indiana Statehouse on Dec. 6. State Sen. Luke Kenley (R-Noblesville) annually invites high school junior and senior leaders hand-picked by their principals to his Indianapolis convention. This year, seniors from 10 area high schools were chosen to attend.

“I always look forward to hosting our community’s bright young leaders at the statehouse,” Kenley stated. “This annual event gives them the opportunity to talk to state officials who share their insight on scholarship, leadership and fellowship. It’s my hope participating students will be motivated by the stories they hear and bring what they learn from the conference to their schools and beyond.”

Students interacted with Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann and State Sens. Jean Breaux (D-Indianapolis), Mike Delph (R-Carmel) and Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis). The state officials encouraged students to get involved in their local communities and answered questions about the role of public service.

Students also participated in a breakout session at the conference where they discussed what they believe are the most important issues facing the state of Indiana. The list included the cost of higher education, same-sex marriage, Common Core State Standards, mass transit in Central Indiana and attracting young professionals to the state.

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