[i]f you ain’t aim too high, then you aim too low.” Not only did Mr. Terry inspire us by his initiatives, but proved to us that you’re never too old to follow your passion. Mr. Terry is one of Georgia’s youngest mayors to be elected!
Upon completion of the speed networking session, individuals were divided into eight sections with various controversial issues (gun control, health, immigration, and world health). While indulging Chick-Fil-A for lunch, each group was given forty minutes to take a stance on the presented topic. After the forty minute preparatory session, the groups were told to be prepared to give a two minute presentation at the end of the session.
Afterwards, the students reentered the Board of Commissioners Assembly Hall to listen to panelist Joash Thomas and Jake Orvis. Joash Thomas represents the group, Young Republicans of Georgia and Jake Orvis represents the Young Democrats of Georgia. They taught the group lessons concerning politics. In fact, they recommended students interested in political careers to sign up as volunteers for campaigns! Also, they expressed their affection in introducing ambitious young leaders to the world of politics! My fellow Youth Ambassador, Jestini Jordan led the panel as moderator! Great job, Jestini!
As the end of the fall summit approached, students began the presentation of opinions. I had a blast listening to the platform of the “21st Century Leaders”. While groups 1 and 4 discussed education, groups 2 and 5 discussed world health, groups 3 and 7 discussed gun control, and groups 6 and 8 discussed immigration.
Group 3 addressed the component that the gun control laws only heavily impact criminals and individuals in possession of semiautomatic weapons, both of which are deemed unnecessary in the United States of America. Therefore, they argued that the sacrifice of hundreds of lives was more significant than the right to own military grade weapons. The only sensible reason would be to defend oneself from the government, which has an inevitable outcome. Fighting the government of the status quo is significantly different than fighting the government of the 1700’s.
Group 4 spoke for affirmative action, which is the use of race by universities in accepting students. One of the key arguments dealt with the overrepresentation of caucasians in postsecondary education, with blind admissions, while Affirmative Action leveled the field for all ethnicities including the highly oppressed community of African-Americans and Hispanics. Group 2 discussed the concept of diplomatic dependency and how the United States’ offering of foreign aid may lead to a cycle of reliance. All the newly chosen senators represented the community well!
I would also like to express my gratitude and thanks to everyone, who was responsible for the success of this summit. Thank you to the 21CL Board for creating such an amazing event! Thank you to the Fulton County Superior Court for hosting the 2016 summit! Thank you to Rob Woodall, Isaiah Bradley, Raven White, Andre Dickens, Matt Westmoreland, Luisa Cardona, Judge Crews-Morris, Ted Terry, John Eaves, Travis Stegall, Deandre Royals, Jordan Edwards, Tiffany Russell, Heather Garrett, Yolanda Lewis, Drew Healy, Andy Le, Dr. Jaha Howard, Judge Cassandra Kirk, Jake Orvis, and Joash Thomas for taking time out of their day and help mold leaders for the future. I would also like to thank my fellow leaders and peers Sydnie Cobb, Sneha Nagarajan, Jestini Jordan, Fatima Alarcon, Faith Lucas, Javaris Askin, Alvin Winston II, Josephine Graves, Satya Jella, and Morgan Dasher for doing such a great job at their roles, and I wish them success in the future!
Furthermore, I welcome Yolanda Lewis, who is joining the 21CL Board of Directors and thank her for hosting us for this even and giving our closing remarks. To conclude, I wish Jacque-Corey Cormier, 21CL Alumni the best of luck in completing his Ph. D!!!
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