Fifteen Utah high school students participated recently in the Spring 1989 National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C.

About 350 high school juniors and seniors from across the country attended each of four one-week conferences. The students were chosen for their outstanding academic achievement, leadership and citizenship, according to the Washington-based Congressional Youth Leadership Council.The program includes a breakfast panel discussion at the National Press Club, welcoming remarks by a congressman from the floor of the House of Representatives, a government-relations forum with a number of lobbyists, a visit to a diplomatic embassy and a briefing on foreign policy at the State Department.

The students also met with several members of the Utah congressional delegation or their aides.

The conference culminated with a mock congress in which the students assumed the roles of representatives and debated, lobbied and voted on proposed drug-testing legislation.

Attending from Utah were Jennifer Bunker and Helen Giamalakis, Salt Lake City; Elizabeth Kirkham, Bountiful; Kathy Cowley, Craig Rees and Tom Purdue, Brigham City; Matthew Jones and Julie Warnick, Farmington; Debbie Breinholt and Michelle Plouzek, West Jordan; Shannon Lloyd, Sandy; Justin Peck, Lehi; Loretta Long, Vernal; Joann Campbell, Price; and Almario Bylilly, Aneth, San Juan County.