Two Blythewood High School JROTC students were awarded Freedom Foundation Scholarships to attend Valley Forge, Pennsylvania July 6-9 in late March. GraceAnna McCray and Maya Jelks were awarded scholarships to attend the Freedom Foundation’s Spirit of America Youth Leadership Conference sponsored by the National Sojourners.

The four-day conference is focused on helping students to better understand the rights and responsibilities of citizens through participation in Mock Congressional Debates, Leadership Workshops, Free Enterprise through entrepreneurship, and historical tours.

During these four days, the ladies had an opportunity to participate in a handful of activities. They learned about the Founding Fathers, the Medal of Honor Award, Constitution, entrepreneurship, and the supreme court, additionally, students discussed the role of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams in the formation of our country. They also visited Valley Forge National Historic Park where George Washington trained the soldiers during the American Revolution, toured his home, and toured the Liberty Bell. Lastly students got to experience signing the of a copy of the original constitution and attending a vesper in a chapel.

“I had such a amazing time at Valley Forge and if I could go back I definitely would,” said Maya Jelks.

Ft. Jackson Chapter #184 sponsored the ladies to attend the conference.