2002-10-31 / Top Stories

Former Courier Honoree Is

Selected For Youth Conference
By Neil S. Friedman

CHS coed Theresa Starr OliverCHS coed Theresa Starr Oliver

Yesterday the Courier, tomorrow the world!

Well, maybe not the world, but who knows what the future holds for Canarsie High School junior Theresa Starr Oliver,

Three years ago, when she was a senior at John Wilson I.S. 211, the Canarsie Courier honored Oliver as a Student of the Month.

On Tuesday, Oliver left for Washington, DC, where she is representing New York State at a six-day National Young Leaders Conference. The theme this year is "The Leaders of Tomorrow Meeting the Leaders of Today."

In an interview with the Courier this week, Oliver said she was "excited about her first trip to the nation’s Capitol," but added she’s very relieved that the sniper suspects were caught, easing her anxiety about being in the vicinity that was plagued by a dozen shootings this month.

The Canarsie coed hopes to attend Princeton University when she graduates in 2004. Her favorite subjects are Science and Mathematics and she welcomes anything that poses a challenge. Some of her hobbies include surfing the Internet and reading, "especially books about historical events."

Three years ago she had her sights set on a modeling career, but she now has her sights on Marketing.

Her favorite singers and performers are, in no special order, Michael Jackson, Halle Berry rappers Redman and Method Man, Angela Bassett and Denzel Washington.

Furthermore, for the second year in a row, the 16-year-old, who lives on East 102 Street with her family, was recently named to the Who’s Who of American High School Students.

"It’s wonderful to see high school students like Theresa Oliver attending the conference in an effort to learn and take on leadership roles in communities throughout our country," said Michael Lasday, executive director of the Congressional Youth Leadership Council that sponsors the annual event.

Among the activities in which Oliver is scheduled to participate are welcome remarks from the floor of the House of Representatives and a panel discussion with prominent journalists at the National Press Club. The pretty teen, who has her eyes on a modeling and acting career, is also scheduled to meet with senators and Congressman or members of their staffs.

Conference attendees will be involved in proceedings simulating activities of the three branches of government — Executive, Judicial and Legislative.

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