Furlong picked to attend National Youth Leadership Forum

Cook County High School sports fans know Richie Furlong as a fearless competitor. A tough kid who competes as hard as he can but plays with great sportsmanship.

A junior at CCHS, Furlong recently received notification that he has been selected to attend the National Youth Leadership Forum in Washington D.C.

“I received a letter nominating me for this week-long program and was happy to accept it,” he said.

The forum will run from July 6 to July 11.

Furlong hopes to someday become a lawyer or work as a crime scene investigator (CSI). Both programs will be covered in Washington. The weeklong classes will include exploring the entire judicial process, from the discovery of the crime, through collecting and analyzing all of the critical evidence and then proceed into the courtroom for a mock trial. 

Visits will also be made to some of Washington D.C.’s top law firms, universities and legal institutions. Students explore the full range that exists in the legal and forensic science fields, not from a classroom setting but from hands-on experience.

Furlong will get to tour campuses at George Mason University and Pepperdine University.

Furlong is a starter in three varsity sports for Cook County High School: football, basketball and baseball. The son of Lisa and Richard Furlong of Grand Marais, Furlong is also a good student.

“I will apply for a scholarship and then I will have to raise some funds to go, but this is a great opportunity for me. I will get a feel for what I will be up against in college and in the future. I can’t wait to go,” Furlong said.

If you would like to help please go to www.youcaring.com/Help-Richie-Get-to-Washington-DC and search Richie’s name and scroll to the form with the donation information