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Support 5th District Youth Jaclyn Casem!
Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske is asking for your support to send 5th District resident and youth Jaclyn Casem to the Presidential Youth Inaugural Conference (PYIC) in January 2009.  Casem will be able to attend and witness the 44th inauguration for the next President of the United States.  

The PYIC is held every four years in January following the presidential election and provides a unique experience for high-achieving youths to enhance their leadership abilities through workshops, panels and activities. Invitation to this conference is exclusively extended to aspiring students, like Casem, who are alumni of other leadership conferences.

"This inauguration is certain to be historic and being able to sit and watch it with my own eyes would be a once in a lifetime experience," Casem said. "This opportunity is not something that happens every year and to partake in it would be spectacular."

Currently a sophomore in the QUEST academic program at Millikan High School, Casem has participated in RAMSET, a student group who outreaches to elementary schools and promotes reusable energy sources, and performs with the Millikan Advanced Dance Team. 

"This is such a wonderful opportunity for our future leaders to learn first-hand about how our country and system works," Schipske said. "Jaclynís academic success and her leadership and involvement set a great example for her peers, and I think she is deserving of this chance to witness so memorable and monumental as a presidentís inauguration." 

In 2005 she was nominated and accepted to attend the Spring 2006 National Youth Leadership State Conference representing DeMille Middle School as an eighth grader. Casem learned first hand about leadership and public speaking skills and found her love for American history.   

For more information, please contact the Office of Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske at 562-570-6932 or district5@longbeach.gov