Swaim, a 6th grader at St. Philip’s Episcopal School in Beeville was nominated by her teacher Ms. Lisa Blanton.
The People to People World Leadership Forum began in 1956. President Dwight D. Eisenhower called a White House conference, where he asked 100 of the nations top business leaders to join his efforts in forming a new non-profit organization that would help young adults to determine what kind of world they would inherit. Such leaders included: Jesse Owens, Conrad Hilton, Walt Disney, and Joyce Hall, founder of Hallmark Cards.
By involving and developing the skills of young leaders, Eisenhower hoped these leaders of tomorrow would come to understand and appreciate each others differences in their cultures and work together for world peace.
By studying our nation’s history and visiting the historical sites around D.C., the students engage in extensive discussions of history and how it effects our future. Swaim and the other students attending the forum visited the White House, the Capital, Gettysburg, Penn., Harrisburg, Va., Arlington Cemetery, the Spy Museum, the Smithsonian, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, and many other prominent locations.