Three Culver Academies students were among almost 500 high school juniors from across Indiana who attended the 39th annual Richard G. Lugar Symposium for Tomorrow’s Leaders at the University of Indianapolis in December.
Hannah Brumback (New Albany, Ohio), Alaina Smith (Bloomington, Ind.) and Casey Easton (Aurora, Colo.) represented Culver at the daylong event, which included a keynote address by former Sen. Richard G. Lugar (R-Ind.) and breakout sessions developed to help students connect to current events at a new level. The Culver contingent selected U.S. Leadership in the World and Law & Society.
“It was very intriguing to hear Sen. Lugar’s keynote speech and hear about the experiences that he’s had in his career,” Brumback said. “We also had a blast going through the different workshops, especially the U.S. Leadership in the World. Not only were the speakers extremely knowledgeable, but we got to interact with other juniors from all over the state about prevalent world issues and how the U.S. plays a role.”
Smith added, “These sessions offered different perspectives that changed my way of thinking and broadened my views of law and current world issues.”
The Lugar Symposium has hosted more than 15,000 students since its inception 39 years ago. Along with his keynote address, Lugar answered student questions on issues that are important to them. The symposium is designed to expose students to global issues and help them gain an appreciation for their complexities. In keeping with Lugar’s commitment to evaluating issues on their merit, students are presented with a balanced view of the issues, rather than a partisan viewpoint.
Ithaka dorm counselor Jai Hayes ’02 served as the chaperone. Adults who accompanied the students also attended Sen. Lugar’s keynote address and followed a separate schedule with current event sessions. Lugar addressed questions from adults in a separate session.