Brownstown students participating in Lugar Symposium


The Tribune Staff Reports

Some of the top juniors from high schools across Indiana will gather Saturday at the University of Indianapolis for the 42nd annual Richard G. Lugar Symposium for Tomorrow’s Leaders.

That includes Emma Winks, Trey Hackman and Emily Koch from Brownstown Central High School.

Former Sen. Richard G. Lugar will deliver a keynote address following brief opening ceremonies beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday. Reflecting on his vast experience with domestic and international affairs, Lugar will discuss the important role the United States plays in global affairs today.

The event, conducted in Esch Hall at the university’s Ransburg Auditorium, is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, and registration is required and available online at

Schools from across the state select three students to attend the symposium each year. The event offers students a chance to gain valuable insight from Lugar and explore the current state of national and international issues.

Some of the brightest young minds in Indiana are exposed to the complex issues facing the country and world. In addition, students are able to visit with Lugar personally, providing them lessons in leadership and community service.

The event also will recognize Charles C. Chiang of Zionsville Community High School as this year’s recipient of the Richard G. Lugar Distinguished Student Leadership Award. The $1,000 award recognizes one Indiana high school senior each year for leadership and community service activities.

After two terms as mayor of Indianapolis, Lugar served for 36 years in the U.S. Senate, including leadership roles in the Committee on Foreign Relations and the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.

He is the current president of The Lugar Center, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., that convenes thought leaders on topics such as global food and energy, security, governance and international aid programs.


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