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OHS Student Shares Experience At Leaders Conference

OSWEGO, NY – Aaron Callahan had a great time at the National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, DC recently.

Assemblyman Will Barclay presents Aaron Callahan with a Citation from the New York State Assembly.
Assemblyman Will Barclay presents Aaron Callahan with a Citation from the New York State Assembly.

Since Aaron’s return, the OHS student has spoken at several local organizations and clubs about his experience, including the Oswego Kiwanis Club, the OHS Key Club, and the Oswego Youth Advisory Council (YAC).

During the conference, they had him scheduled every day from 6 a.m. until 11 p.m.

He met in person with many of the nation’s top leaders, including Rep. Bill Owens. He and Aaron went over the Health Care Bill.

High school junior and senior scholars from as far as Hawaii, Alaska, and Guam were in attendance.

Aaron met with them; also a student from Binghamton and the North Country were in his group.

Aaron Callahan poses in front of the fence at the White House.
Aaron Callahan poses in front of the fence at the White House.

They simulated a “model congress,” went to the Supreme Court to study rulings and “enacted” a trial case over the Fourth Amendment.

Aaron was the attorney for the defense.

While visiting the House and Senate, they were allowed special access to the floor and ongoing legislation, with the Health Care Bill at the forefront.

Last week, by the request of Assemblyman Will Barclay, Aaron was honored with a citation from the New York State Assembly.

It was presented by Barclay at his office in Fulton.

The pair discussed the conference and current local affairs such as the “Save the Fort” effort, which the assemblyman mentioned is gaining strength.

Aaron Callahan and Rep. Bill Owens look over the Health Care Bill.
Aaron Callahan and Rep. Bill Owens look over the Health Care Bill.

He also expressed an interest in Aaron’s possible future as a Young Leader.

The Assemblyman mentioned a future internship for Aaron, possibly in his office or another elected official’s office.

The assemblyman’s office took a photo of the citation presentation.

They will also feature Aaron in their monthly newsletter to the public, which includes their “Outstanding Students in the Community” format.

Inspired by his six-month long process of fundraising, learning and community service, Aaron will be running for an officer position in several groups including YAC and the OHS Student Council.