Thomson High School junior Michael Fountain will be spending six days in Washington, D.C. to learn more about a career in law.
He was selected to participate in the National Youth Leadership Forum on Law that runs from Nov. 8-13. The college board survey selected Michael from his PSAT score.
According to the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF) website, the nonprofit tuition-based forum was founded in 1992 to help exceptional students delve deep into professional career options.
"Its mission is to bring various professions to life, empowering outstanding young people with confidence to make well-informed career choices," the website states.
Students can attend forums in such fields as defense, intelligence, diplomacy, law, medicine, nursing and technology. More than 50,000 high school and college students have taken part in these programs. Participants are nominated by educators, organization advisors, participating institutions and alumni or through classroom surveys and an application process.
The NYLF on Law introduces high school upper classmen from across the country to careers in the legal field.
"The program offers students the opportunity to meet professionals from some of the nation's top law firms, observe the legal process in action and interact with faculty from renowned law schools," the NYLF website states. "Students test the fundamentals of law through simulations and engage in debate over several legal issues facing our country today."
Students in the program get to participate in a model Supreme Court hearing at the end of the week that is based on a real case. According to NYLF, the student-led model helps participants gain an understanding of the judicial process and develop public speaking and leadership skills.