ROCK SPRINGS — Rock Springs Junior High student Bennett Bonsell will be joining outstanding middle school students from across the nation this summer at the Junior National Young Leaders Conference (JrNYLC) in Washington, D.C.
The program is a unique academic and career-oriented development experience. The JrNYLC is one of the Envision by WorldStrides family of programs (www.envisionexperience.com) that enable students to explore their interests and experience learning beyond the classroom.
Bennett was nominated to attend by his band teacher, Joshua Knudsen at Pilot Butte Elementary. According to Knudsen, Bennett excelled in 6th grade band.
“He was a great student all year long and he’s doing amazing on the clarinet,” Knudsen said. “His solo was really difficult for a 6th grader, and he learned it anyway, which is awesome.”
Along with his achievements in band, Bennett showed maturity and leadership skills that will be put to use at the JrNYLC program. Bennett says he is looking forward to meeting other students from across the country, practicing his public speaking skills and touring Washington D.C.
He is also participating in the Summer Band program offered through Sweetwater BOCES. He will be a 7th grader at Rock Springs Junior High in the fall.
“As an alumna of Envision myself, I am excited for Bennett to meet, work, and collaborate with other high-aspiring students from across the country,” said Amanda Freitag Thomas, SVP for Envision. “Hands down, my favorite part of attending an Envision program was being with motivated students in an environment designed to help us challenge our assumptions, meet new people, and grow.”
For over 35 years, Envision by WorldStrides has empowered extraordinary students to become their best selves through programs that enable them to discover their passion, explore a career, and positively impact their world.
In 2018, Envision became part of the WorldStrides family. The largest provider of educational travel and experiences in the United States. WorldStrides works with over 50,000 educators each year to help more than 550,000 students see the world—and themselves—in new ways.