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BHS sophomore serves as Senate president at YIG

Rachel Cleveland, a Brainerd High School sophomore, served as Senate president at 60th annual Youth in Government conference in the Twin Cities.

She has been involved with Youth in Government for three years and is the only student from Brainerd High School that participates.

She said she hopes to further her experience in the program and encourage more students to participate.

“It is a program that encourages servant leadership, civic responsibility, and community engagement and action,” Cleveland said.

Those attending may actively participate in the legislature, courts, lobbyist program, national issues forum and a special program for eighth-graders called leadership corps.

Cleveland ran for her position last year and was elected for the current year. The conference was conducted this past weekend for four days at the Hilton in Minneapolis and delegates have full access to the Capitol.

Cleveland is the daughter of Joel and Denise Cleveland.

“We really hope to establish a Brainerd delegation and give students here that incredible opportunity that over 1,600 students Minnesota-wide get to experience,” she said.

The program is open to students from grades 8-12.

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