Shelby Traver, a fifth-grade student at Lehman-Jackson Elementary School, has been accepted to attend the Junior National Young Leaders Conference this spring and summer in Washington, D.C. Traver will be one of more than 250 outstanding middle school students from across the United States to take part in a six-day leadership conference. The conference, Voices of Leadership: Reflecting on the Past to Create the Future, introduces young people to the rich tradition of leadership throughout American history and helps them develop their own leadership skills. Students will take part in educational activities and presentations and explore sites such as Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and West Virginia and Washington, D.C. museums and memorials. Traver is the daughter of Anne and Kelly Traver and the granddaughter of Cecil and Sandra Traver, all of Sweet Valley.
Jennifer Lee, coordinator of writing in the Student Success Center at Misericordia University, has been appointed to serve as a judge in the Achievement Awards Program for the National Council of Teachers of English. The program is a National Council of Teachers of English-sponsored competition designed to honor junior students in the United States, Canada and American schools abroad for excellence in writing. Lee works closely with students, faculty and staff through the tutorial services and workshops offered by the Writing Center at the university. She also serves as a learning specialist and provides academic support to students in the areas of time management, testing strategies, study skills and other methods critical to achieving academic success. She also teaches English courses. Lee earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from California State University and a Master of Arts in English degree from Northern Arizona University. She is a nationally published author of magazine articles, poetry and short stories and has also had her poetry published internationally.