A Kagman High School senior will fly today to Washington, D.C. after being selected to participate in this year's weeklong National Youth Leadership Forum on National Security.
Peter Paul Camacho, 17, shared with Saipan Tribune yesterday that he was shocked to learn about his selection.
This will be the second time for Camacho to fly to the nation's capital, having also attended the Junior Statesmen of America.
Camacho is the son of Isabel and Joaquin Camacho. He currently holds a seat in the NMI Youth Congress.
“I was happy that I had a chance to go back to our nation’s capital and learn something totally different. I expect the forum to develop my critical thinking on emergency situations if ever one would occur to me. That way, I know I can become prepared for anything,” he said.
Camacho also hopes to meet again with Delegate Gregorio Kilili C. Sablan (Ind-MP) to discuss the future of the CNMI's youth. He wants to pursue a political science degree after high school.
“I feel that I was born a leader, and I feel that I am going to be someone who can lead. I hope this forum will polish my skills so that I can become an effective leader. Being a leader is a life-long learner, and I started early,” he added.
The mission of the forum on national security is to recognize the nation's most outstanding high school leaders and prepare them for a possible future career in public service. Camacho will hear from and personally meet with top policy makers and experts in the fields of national security, intelligence, and diplomacy. Participants will also be welcomed at the most technologically advanced policy centers and military facilities in the country.