“Andrew Koval, a junior at Kent Island High School in Stevensville, will join the National Youth Leadership Forum on National Security (NYLF/NS) career development program, “”Exploring American Diplomacy, Intelligence and Defense.”” Held in February in Washington, D.C., the six-day program covers careers in national security, intelligence and the diplomatic corps. The National Security Forum curriculum is based on world events. Students use critical thinking and leadership and public speaking skills to understand national decision-making as they examine how the U.S. plans for peace and prepares for crisis.
Koval is active in the Spanish Club at KIHS, Youth Ministry at St. Christopher’s Church in Chester and is senior patrol leader of Boy Scout Troop 495 of Chester. He was nominated by his history teacher, Dawn Unger. Koval and other high school students from across the country will participate in question and answer sessions with civilian policy makers and senior military. Institutions will open doors to Forum students, educating the students in diplomacy, international affairs and military strategy. Past programs have included visits to several government institutions and military installations such as the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Marine Corps Combat Development Command at Quantico, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the U.S. Naval Academy and a variety of embassies.