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Junior Leaders Day held at the University of Iowa

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- More than 240 outstanding high school juniors from around the state of Iowa will visit the University of Iowa Saturday, April 5 as part of the Iowa Junior Leaders Day.

The event, sponsored by the UI Alumni Association and the UI Office of Admissions and funded by First National Bank of Iowa City, brings students and their parents to the university for a day of informative programs on leadership and special recognition.

UI Alumni Association Interim Executive Director Vince Nelson said participants nominated by their school counselors were chosen on the basis of leadership qualities exhibited in high school as well as other involvement within their hometown communities. They also were selected on strong academic records achieved in their high schools.

Jay Holstein, a professor in the School of Religion, will be the keynote speaker at the 9 a.m. opening session and UI President Mary Sue Coleman will give the luncheon keynote address in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union.

The students, representing more than 200 high schools, will discuss academics, admissions, housing, curriculum and other topics with UI staff members. They will also spend time with UI undergraduates for a personal look at the university.

A concurrent program for parents will include information on student life, curriculum and what they can expect their child's first year in college to be like. Both students and their parents will tour the campus by bus and have the opportunity to tour residence halls and attend sessions on the UI Honors Program and Greek life at the UI.

This year's 1997 Iowa Junior Leaders Day marks the seventh year for this program honoring outstanding high school juniors from across the state of Iowa.