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Grayhorse Drumkeeper attends Washington leadership conference

Jacob Lux, a senior at Wyandotte High School, attended the National Youth Leadership Forum on National Security
Grayhorse Drumkeeper, Jacob Lux, attended the National Youth Leadership Forum on National Security Sept. 27 - Oct. 2. Photo by Chalene Toehay/Osage News

Jacob Lux, a senior at Wyandotte High School, attended the National Youth Leadership Forum on National Security (NYLF/NS): Exploring American Diplomacy, Intelligence and Defense in Washington, D.C., from Sept. 27 through Oct. 2.  

Over the course of six days, Jacob was exposed to key leaders in the defense, intelligence and diplomatic communities, explored career options in those fields and developed his personal leadership skills. Jacob was assigned to the Lejeune National Security Action Meeting (NSAM) group that worked on the simulation project entitled Crisis or Crossroads: A Nuclear North Korea and the Future of a Northeast Asian Community.

His NSAM group session explored the issue of ethics in national security, particularly as it relates to nuclear weapons. Jacob had five National Security Strategy Exercises and he attended three career exploration panels featuring leaders in the defense, intelligence and diplomatic communities. In addition, the scholars attended a panel discussion featuring experts on Northeast Asia to gain further insight on the region that helped prepare him for the culminating simulation, taking place on Friday evening. 

Throughout the six days, Jacob also had the opportunity to explore the U.S. Capitol building, the Library of Congress, the House and Senate office buildings and the Supreme Court. These locations provided him with a physical backdrop for the matters of national security strategy. 

Jacob is the son of Richard and Tammy Mason Lux and is the grandson of Bonnie and the late Joe Bennie Mason, Sr. of Fairfax. He is in the gifted and talented program and is a member of the National Honor Society at Wyandotte High School and as a Junior, attended the Oklahoma School of Science and Math taking Physics and Calculus. He is currently enrolled in Advanced Placement classes at Wyandotte.