COVINGTON, Ga. - Eastside High School Junior Rebekah Stowe will travel to Quantico, Virginia later this month to represent Georgia at the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) Youth Leadership Program.
Stowe is nervous but excited to represent the State of Georgia in the training.
“I want to represent Georgia really well,” she said. “I’m happy to be picked.”
Students from all 50 states and a number of other countries are picked by selection committees to attend. They will participate in a challenging leadership and law enforcement related curriculum at the FBI Training Center in Quantico.
Stowe has considered a career with the FBI and hopes the training will help her determine if it is the right career path for her. She wants to attend the University of Tennessee for graduate school to become a forensic Anthropologist.
“I want to give a voice back to those that no longer have one,” she said. “I’m very excited and thankful for the opportunity to learn more about leadership skills and the criminal justice system at the federal level.”
Stowe is a member of the Eastside Key Club, Eastside Ambassadors, Latin Club, Beta Club, Junior Classical Team and Mock Trial team. This trip to Quantico will be the longest she has been away from her family.
The FBI Youth Leadership is a week-long training event for high school students at the FBI Academy every summer. Students must be sponsored by an FBI National Academy Associates Inc. (FBINAA) member, or another participating law enforcement association; be 14, 15 or 16 years old at the start of the program and demonstrate high academic standards and good citizenship.
“I’d like to say thank you to the Georgia Chapter of the FBINAA for selecting me to represent Georgia,” Stowe said. “I am honored.”