Three Utah high school seniors have been selected to attend the 1990 National Young Leaders Conference this month in Washington, D.C.

Melissa Thomas of East High School; Mindrell Smith, Layton High School and Janelle Rafferty, a Bountiful resident attending Woods Cross High School, will meet key leaders and newsmakers in the government, media and diplomatic corps.The conference will end with a mock congress on national service when participants assume the roles of representatives debating, lobbying and voting on volunteer service legislation.

The three will be among 350 high school students from across the nation who have demonstrated academic achievement, leadership and citizenship, a conference spokesman said. The Congressional Youth Leadership Council, a non-profit educational organization that recognizes outstanding youth, sponsors the conference.