Payson High School senior Holly Lane has a passion for politics. And based on that and her participation in student government in Payson, she has been nominated by one of the school counselors to attend the Congressional Student Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. this summer.
Excited by the honor, this energetic and mature 18-year-old sees herself working to solve the issues of her country and she believes that it can be done.
"One thing that I have learned in student government is that if you don't like something, you can make a difference, you can change things," she said.
Her youthful enthusiasm is hard to contain and easier to catch. Here is a young woman with a goal and a determination.
"I want to major in political science and psychology," Lane said.
Attracted to this conference by its high accreditation and recommendations, Lane found that it is worth two college credits -- credits that will transfer to college. Lane hopes to attend either Columbia University or Southern Virginia University --wo universities noted for their political science programs.
Lane sees the conference as an open door, an opportunity to meet people and make connections that will last for years.
Not surprising, she has political point of view. Not willing to align with one particular party, Lane sees herself as issue driven rather than taking a party line.
"I don't want to narrow myself to just one way of thinking," she said.
Pondering party lines, she thinks the opportunity to be in the decision-making capital of our country -- taking behind-the-scenes glimpses into how the rules are made --ill provide her another layer of information to make a decision and a commitment to a party.
To get to the conference though, Lane must raise the $3,000 needed for the June trip. The deadline to have her funds gathered, funds that include airfare, food, lodging and transportation, is March 15. She has begun to lobby local businesses for donations.
As a part of the 10-day conference, Lane will assume the role of a legislator or lobbyist to negotiate and debate her cause. She will attend and participate in committee meetings and homeland security briefings. The participants will take part in laying a wreath at Arlington Cemetery and take a guided tour of the monuments.
Her role models include Rudolph Giuliani, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.
"Giuliani took a city running havoc everywhere and brought them together," she said. As for our former president, "while he did model bad decisions, he brought down unemployment and he got stuff done. President Bush took our country when it was very, very vulnerable and gave it strength and character."
Lane sees government as necessary, even sees herself as a potential presidential candidate.
"Government is also about bringing new ideas to the table," she said. "It is a whole body of people who are willing to work and get things done."
If you are interested in helping Lane get to Washington, D.C., call her at 476-2291 or 978-3106.