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Messer Announces Creation of Congressional Leadership Academy

9/8/2013

An Indiana Congressman is teaming up with Ball State for a one day event for high school students next year.

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Sixth District Congressman Luke Messer, along with Ball State President Jo Ann Gora, announced Friday the creation of the Congressional Leadership Academy.  Two students from every high school in the sixth district will be selected to participate in the event.

Messer says the students will have an opportunity to use the various facilities at Ball State and meet with business leaders from around the state during the event.  Messer says he hopes the students will be inspired to do great things after completing their education.  He says he got the idea for the event from a similar one he attended in high school.

"It covered topics from the rise of Asia, the European economic community.  This was in the 1980's," Messer says.  "It also had Senator Dan Quayle and Senator (Richard) Lugar participating and it was inspiring to me and I approached Ball State about trying to put together a similar kind of symposium for young people today."

Some of the participants in the academy include the CEO's of Tech Point, Angie's List, Community Health Network and the chairman of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, among others.

The Congressional Leadership Academy will be held on April 5, 2014.

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