Mount Saint Dominic Academy


Junior Attends Inauguration and Leadership Summit

MSDA Junior Arlin Vieira had the tremendous opportunity to attend the Presidential Inauguration Leadership Summit. The Summit was designed to empower next generation leaders as they continue realizing the power of their potential. Occurring every four years, the Summit invites student delegates to experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness history and be inspired by world-renowned speakers. The attendees are also present to celebrate the inauguration, and engage, participate, and present in a Summit Showcase. Some individuals are specially recognized and are given awards and scholarships.

“Attending the Inauguration was truly an experience I will never forget.”

Ms. Vieira shared this sentiment when she recollected her week spent with 3,000 individuals. Those attending the Summit represent various states and include faraway places such as Kenya, Norway, and Paraguay. She and other high school students were challenged in teams of five to develop a solution for world issues dealing with poverty, education, hunger, and the sciences.

Scientific Presentation

Arlin’s team worked under the scientific realm where they developed drones to improve fire safety procedures in high-rise infrastructures. The members were able to demonstrate the success of their project with the components of thermal imaging technology and carrier systems that provide efficient assistance to fire victims and firefighters. The team was also able to emphasize success with the simplicity and technicality of oxygen masks, turn out gear, and irrigation systems of agricultural drones.

A formal presentation occurred in front of 1,500 individuals and staff. After a series of elimination rounds, Arlin’s team was one of four victors whose ideas were selected. The project will be sent to President Trump and Congress for acknowledgement and possible future development. In addition, Ms. Vieira was awarded a scholarship for winning first in her division, as well as for the hard work and creativity instilled in her proposal.

Throughout the week, she also hade the privilege to hear speeches and engage in conversation with General Colin Powell, Abby Wambach, Carly Fiorina, Spike Lee, Malala Yousafzai, and various others.

Envision Your Future

This year marked the ninth Envision Presidential Inauguration Leadership Summit  in Washington, DC held for students from around the world. The Summit has occurred during the past Inaugurations of Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, William Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Ronald Reagan.

See more about the Summit.

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