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Washington, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX-32) joined Today Foundation President Gary Griffith in congratulating North Texas students who participated in the American Leadership Institute, a week-long conference in Washington for members of the Today Foundation’s Texas Leadership Forum (TLF). The American Leadership Institute provided participants with a unique, inside view of federal government operations. This year’s participants included 16 select students chosen based upon academic performance, community involvement, and leadership ability.

“I’m extremely proud to once again serve as the honorary chair of the Texas Leadership Forum – an exceptional program for talented students in North Texas,” said Sessions. “I was delighted to spend time with this year’s American Leadership Institute participants and to learn more about their desire to contribute to our community. I am confident that their visit to our nation’s capital will help further develop their leadership skills for service in the future.”


The American Leadership Institute’s events included educational tours and meetings at the Capitol, Pentagon, U.S. State Department, Arlington National Cemetery, the Newseum, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO), and Smithsonian Museums. During the week, students observed House committee hearings and attended a private speaking forum featuring several Washington leaders, including Congressman Diaz-Balart (FL-25) and Colonel Dan Greenwood.

American Leadership Institute Participants: Selina Rodriguez and Jorge Espinoza of Adamson High School; Connor Basile of Woodrow Wilson High School; Wendy Parra and Alberto Romero of Irving High School; Sharon Sequera and Nicole Alozie of Lake Highlands High School; Bethany Hicks and Cody Copeland of Irving Nimitz High School; Nessa Serrano and Chandon Adger of W.T. White High School; Vanity Sanchez and Eduardo Moreno of Molina High School; Dylan Durr and Reagan Byrd of Jefferson High School; Ibrahim Mpiana of Conrad High School (not pictured).

The Texas Leadership Forum is a program of the Today Foundation, which seeks to foster civic involvement, leadership and character building in high school students while educating them about government and public policy. For more information about the Texas Leadership Forum and the Today Foundation, please visit 


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