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Teens represent Beaverton in Washington, D.C.

Six members of the Mayor's Youth Advisory Board question leaders and tour the nation's capital.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - William Deatherage, left, asked questions and traded pins with U.S. senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley.Six members of the Mayor's Youth Advisory Board (MYAB) got a close look at the hub of American political life while attending the National League of Cities conference in Washington, D.C., last week.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Krista Jansen speaks during a youth delegate session.“It was really the trip of a lifetime,” said Krista Jansen, 16, a junior at Southridge High School who hopes to one day represent Oregon as an elected official. “It was really great seeing the history of the place. It’s amazing.”

“It got me energized,” said William Deatherage, 17, a junior at Valley Catholic School who also foresees a career in politics. “I loved talking to representatives from all over the country.”

Jansen, Deatherage and three other high school juniors – Ananth Agarwal, Corey Atwood and Ian Wasson – were awarded their trips to the nation’s capital through an MYAB-sponsored essay competition. A sixth delegate, senior Amber Lee, attended as a member of the National League of Cities’ Youth Education Council.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Members of the Mayor's Youth Advisory Board took part in a variety of events during the National League of Cities conference, including this luncheon.The Beaverton teens joined a delegation of Beaverton city leaders, including Mayor Denny Doyle.

They were present as President Barack Obama addressed the NLC’s opening session and also posed questions directly to their U.S. senators, Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley. Deatherage even made sure the senators left wearing Beaverton pins.

While in D.C., the group also toured the White House and many of the nation’s most famous monuments.

“This year’s youth delegates were phenomenal representatives of Beaverton’s youth,” said Kate Taylor, who serves as the city's staff liaison for the MYAB.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Members of the Mayor's Youth Advisory Board toured sites across Washington, D.C., including the U.S. Supreme Court.“Our youth delegates actively participated in youth sessions and general conference workshops and networked with 200 youth and many elected officials from across the nation. Topics included public speaking and lobbying, veterans’ resources and benefits, and increasing wireless communications services for city residents.”

Three council members also took part in the NLC conference, where the city was honored for its cultural diversity work.

By Eric Apalategui
Beaverton Reporter
email: eapalategui@commnewspapers.com
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