Edison Sophomore Attends National Leadership Summit

Ali Naqvi

EDISON – During the summer for nine days, Ali Naqvi of Edison attended the LeadAmerica Junior National Leadership Summit, Law Enforcement Camp, at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD where he listened to prestigious guest speakers, engaged in trust-building exercises, participated in classes and mock Senate elections, and visited several key historic sites in Washington, D.C.

Naqvi is a sophomore at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in North Edison.

Naqvi met a legislative assistant for Congressman Leonard Lance (R-NJ) and a legal correspondent for Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ). During a mock Senate election, Naqvi took on the role of a liberal senatorial candidate and, with help from his team, after grappling with difficult topics like ethanol subsidizing, national security and the economy, he won his debate!

“I learned that, in government, anything can happen as long as you keep going and persevere,” he said.

While Naqvi believes his career path may lead him toward law or architecture, he would like to focus on charity projects and helping those who are underprivileged. He and a few other close friends have set a goal to unite Muslim youth groups from mosques in the area to raise funds to help those who are in need and prove that people of all kinds can live together in harmony.

Naqvi is the son of Ashik Abbas and Noreen Jafri of Edison.

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