Redan High School student Xan-Rhea Bilal, 16, said she found out about CNN’s seventh annual Leadership Unplugged conference by walking into the right place at the right time.
“I happened to walk into a teacher’s classroom and she had the details about it on her smart board,” Bilal said. “Literally on the last two days before the deadline I rushed and got all my stuff together and I’m here now.”
Bilal, along with Arabia Mountain High School student Lydia Briggs, 17, and Chamblee Charter High School student Kobi Warner, 16, attended the annual conference June 25-29 at Georgia Tech.
This year, 75 students were chosen from more than 700 applicants to participate in the conference, which engages students in a week-long series of training sessions and discussions focused on media skills. Throughout the week the students attended hands-on workshops led by CNN executives