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Program for Area High School Students to Include CEO of Overstock.com

Wed, 02/22/2012

For Immediate Release
February 22, 2012

Media Contact:
Melissa Wood (703) 799-5203
mwood@mountvernon.org

Program for Area High School Students to Include CEO of Overstock.com

The George Washington Student Leadership Program Takes Place on February 29

Mount Vernon, VA – George Washington’s home, Mount Vernon, invites high school student junior and senior leaders from the Washington, DC, area to participate in The George Washington Student Leadership Program at the first president’s home on Wednesday, February 29.  Patrick Byrne, Walt Whitman High School alumnus and founder-CEO of Overstock.com, will discuss business innovation and leadership in the 21st century with the students. Four student leaders per high school may be nominated to participate in this FREE program, which will take place from 4:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

The program’s theme is the leadership, character, and contributions of our nation's first president. The student leaders will receive a special presentation from historian Peter Henriques, private tour of the mansion, history bee, and dinner at the Mount Vernon food pavilion. Each participating student will receive a special Certificate of Recognition commemorating participation in the event.

Teacher sponsors who contact Mount Vernon to sign up their school’s student leaders and accompany them to the event will receive a $100 stipend.  For reservations email your legal name, phone number, mailing address, school name, and names of students with “Student Leadership Program” in the subject line to education@mountvernon.org. RSVP required.

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About Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens
Since 1860, more than 80 million visitors have made George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens the most popular historic home in America.  Through thought-provoking tours, entertaining events, and stimulating educational programs on the Estate and in classrooms across the nation, Mount Vernon strives to preserve George Washington’s place in history as “First in War, First in Peace, and First in the Hearts of His Countrymen.”  Mount Vernon is owned and operated by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, America’s oldest national preservation organization, founded in 1853.  A picturesque drive to the southern end of the scenic George Washington Memorial Parkway, Mount Vernon is located just 16 miles from the nation’s capital.

Hours of operation: April-August, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; March, September, October, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; November – February, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Regular admission rates: adults, $15.00; senior citizens, $14.00; children age 6-11, when accompanied by an adult, $7.00; and children under age 5, FREE.  Admission fees, restaurant and retail proceeds, along with private donations, support the operation and restoration of Mount Vernon. For more information about Mount Vernon, please visit  http://www.MountVernon.org