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Pacific (Oregon) scholar-athlete to attend inauguration

Dec 19, 2008 11:07:50 AM

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Pacific (Oregon) soccer and track student-athlete Sam Lee was named a University Presidential Inaugural Scholar, which earned her a spot at a select leadership conference – and a ticket to the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama.

Lee was chosen by the Congressional Youth Leadership Council because of leadership qualities she demonstrated at the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine. The council chose 5,000 scholars from around the world.

“I am excited to see history happening,” Lee said. “Obama will be our first black president, and I will be able to tell my grandchildren that I saw him present his inaugural speech.”

The five-day University Presidential Inaugural Conference will highlight current political issues through panel discussions, debates and forums featuring speakers and presenters like former Secretary of State Colin Powell, former Vice President Al Gore and political figures James Carville and Mary Matalin.

Lee just completed her first season on the Pacific soccer team after transferring from Xavier. She started in 17 games and ran the 400 meters for the Boxers last spring, setting the school’s best time for the season.

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