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NO. R-106. JOINT RESOLUTION congratulating Brian Kent of Sharon.

(J.R.H. 78)

Offered by: Representative Adams of Hartland.

Whereas, an active, participatory citizenry is a fundamental necessity for the continued vitality of our American Republic, and

Whereas, recognition of the important role that every citizen must play in shaping the future course of our nation is one of the most important lessons that young Americans must learn, and

Whereas, the ability to formulate and communicate critical opinions on vital public issues, while still demonstrating respect for the structure and framework of our core political institutions, is a very worthy skill, and

Whereas, Brian Kent is a bright and very articulate eighth grader from Sharon who has demonstrated a deep interest in the civic and political affairs of our state and nation, and

Whereas, he has manifested this interest through his service as a legislative page during the 2001 session of the General Assembly, and

Whereas, Brian Kent impressively demonstrated his skill at expressing his opinion on a vital public issue, through his participation in the 2001 "RespecTeen Speak for Yourself" letter writing contest, and

Whereas, in this unusual competition, teenagers from across the United States are invited to write a letter to their members of Congress, expressing a viewpoint on an important issue that significantly impacts our society, and

Whereas, Brian Kentís letter to Congressman Bernard Sanders, expressing his strong opposition to the burning of the United States flag, was one of 51 (one from each state and the District of Columbia) selected from among more than 10,000 entries to receive special recognition, and

Whereas, each of these 51 outstanding and thoughtful young Americans has been invited to participate in a national youth forum in Washington, D.C. during the week of April 28, and

Whereas, at the forum, these future citizen leaders, the participants, will individually meet their own members of Congress, and as a group will examine youth-related issues with a variety of government leaders, and

Whereas, Brian is to be commended for his initiative and the serious manner in which he exercises his citizenship responsibilities, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly is delighted to congratulate Brian Kent of Sharon on his selection as Vermontís representative to the 2001 RespecTeen National Youth Forum, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Brian Kent of Sharon.