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Platteville High School student Sumaia Masoom (second from left) was the winner of the American Legion Oratorical Contest regional in Barneveld. Masoom will advance to the state contest at Ripon College Feb. 14. Also pictured are David Henning, American Legion oratorical contest district chairman (left), and Sumaias parents, Fahmida and Abulkhair Masoom.

FAIRFAX, Va. — Saafia Masoom, a student at Platteville High School, has been selected to represent Platteville as a National Youth Correspondent to the 2015 Washington Journalism and Media Conference at George Mason University.

Masoom joins a select group of students from all over the country for an intensive study of journalism and media. Masoom was chosen based on academic accomplishments and a demonstrated interest and excellence in journalism and media studies.
National Youth Correspondents participate in hands-on, experiential learning through decision-making simulations that challenge them to solve problems and explore the creative, practical, and ethical tensions inherent in journalism and media.

The experiential portion of the program is complemented by speakers who are well-known leaders in the media community. Presenters include prominent journalists, CEOs of major media outlets, researchers, and recent college graduates successfully entering the field. Last year’s conference included Hoda Kotb from NBC, Brian Lamb from C-SPAN, Carol Guzy from The Washington Post, and Peter Doocy from Fox News.

The Washington Journalism and Media Conference will be held July 12–17.