Thursday, September 19, 2013

CMH Student heading to Washington to discuss national security


WAUKESHA, Wis. – Matthew Morris of Waukesha received an exclusive invitation to join our country’s leaders for the National Youth Leadership Forum on National Security in Washington D.C. in late September. The forum is a stimulating and challenging six-day program that introduces students to careers in defense, intelligence, and the diplomatic corps. The government's leading academic institutions open their doors to National Security students in order to educate them in diplomacy, international affairs and military strategy.

"I was thrilled when I received this invitation,” said Morris, a junior at Catholic Memorial High School in Waukesha. “This is a rare opportunity. I am honored to be a part of it.”

Morris has been busy this summer, taking on multiple summer jobs to help cover the cost of the forum. “It’s about $2,000,” he said. “I spent my summer working and saving for this, plus I’ll ask my grandparents for a little help,” he joked.

During the school year, Morris stays busy with numerous athletic and charitable events. He is a member of the Catholic Memorial soccer and basketball teams, serves as a student ambassador for the school and is working toward receiving the Evans Scholarship. Outside of school, he still finds time to give back to the community by volunteering at the Salvation Army and participating in TOP Soccer, a community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities.

“He stays busy,” added Morris’ father, Tom. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for him to grow as an individual and prepare for future leadership roles in college and beyond. We are very proud of his commitment to this program.”

With the forum on the horizon, Morris has taken a deeper interest in world affairs, especially with recent events in Syria.

“I’ve always been interested in world affairs, but with the forum coming up, I have taken a deeper look, paid attention a little more,” he added.

The forum will take place in Washington D.C. September 23 through 29.
Congratulations Matthew!

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