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Ava Student Selected As Youth Correspondent For Conference At University

FAIRFAX, Va. –– Kursten Westholder, of Mansfield, a student at Ava High School has been nominated to represent Missouri as a National Youth Correspondent to the 2012 Washington Journalism and Media Conference at George Mason University.

Westholder has been awarded the opportunity to join a select group of 250 students from across the country to participate in an intensive week-long study of journalism and media. Westholder was chosen based on academic accomplishments and a demonstrated interest and excellence in journalism and media studies.

National Youth Correspondents participate in hands-on, experiential learning through decision-making simulations that challenge them to solve problems and explore the creative, practical, and ethical tensions inherent in journalism and media. The experiential portion of the program is complemented by speakers who are well-known leaders in the media community. Presenters include prominent journalists, CEO’s of major media outlets, researchers, and recent college graduates successfully entering the field. Last year’s conference included Hoda Kotb, Chuck Todd, Ann Kornblut and Jessica Yellin.

With distinguished faculty, guest speakers, and direct access to elite D.C. practitioners, the Washington journalism and media conference offers aspiring journalists an unparalleled experience. The week-long program, held at George Mason University’s state-of-the-art campus, encourages and inspires young leaders from across the country who desire a unique experience focused on successful careers in this dynamic industry.

The conference is July 8 – 13.

About George Mason University

George Mason University is located in Northern Virginia minutes from Washington, D.C., Mason provides access to diverse cultural experiences. In addition to environmental science and policy, Mason offers strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering and information technology, organizational psychology, health care and visual and performing arts. George Mason University is a leading example of the modern, public university.

About the 2012 Washington Journalism and Media Conference

The Washington Journalism and Media Conference (WJMC) is a student leadership conference designed to develop and encourage future leaders in the changing face of media in the 21st century. The Advisory Board, Chaired by Newseum senior vice president, Susan Bennett, includes CEO’s of media, distinguished journalists and renowned authors and university faculty. For more information visit us online at