Student Wins National Honor

April 26, 2009|By John-John Williams IV | John-John Williams IV,

The student member on the Howard County school board was selected to take part in a program this month with an exclusive group of high school juniors.

Adejire Bademosi went to Bentley University in Waltham, Mass., on April 16 as part of the 2009 Bentley Tomorrow25. Bademosi joined 24 other students from around the world for the conference that featured interaction with industry leaders about environmental change, fair trade, health care and charitable giving.

Bademosi, a junior at Marriotts Ridge High, will appear along with the other students on the list in an ad in Time magazine as part of Bentley's advertising campaign.

The theme of this year's conference was "The Business of Healing Our World: Leveraging Innovation, Social Enterprise and Service."

The conference featured discussions from several experts about environmental change, fair trade, health care and charitable giving. Speakers included Van Jones, founder of Green For All, and Ophelia Dahl, executive director of Partners in Health.

"It's a great achievement," said the school board's chairman, Frank Aquino. "I think it's great that she is being recognized. It is always good to have a Howard County student cast in a great light."

In its fifth year, the Bentley Leadership Forum was formed to identify "exemplary leaders of tomorrow," according to literature published by the university.

Students were nominated by business and community leaders, teachers, school administrators and guidance counselors.

Students went through an international nomination process and were selected by an international advisory board established by Bentley University.

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