William Popp, Fitchburg, has been chosen to attend the 2019 FBI National Academy Youth Leadership Program, held at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. The program is limited to 60 students ages 14-16 from the United States and around the world.
Popp, a freshman at Lakeside Lutheran, Lake Mills, maintains a 4.0 GPA. He volunteers at the Badger Honor Flight homecomings and has collected much-needed items for the local hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit. He also is a member of the school newspaper editorial staff, the math team, forensics, student council, and plays golf and piano. He attends Our Redeemer, Madison.
Popp was one of six students interviewed in the state of Wisconsin. A panel of four law enforcement officers conducted the interview in Appleton. His grandfather is a retired FBI agent and served as a counselor for the National Academy for one session.
“The amazing thing to think about is that my dad walked the halls of the FBI Academy many years ago, and now Will is getting the chance to do the same thing,” says Popp’s mother Sarah. “According to one of the counselors, these kids come back completely changed by the experience they have there.”
The FBI National Academy Associates’ annual Youth Leadership Program is an intense eight-day program classroom lectures on leadership, ethics, values, juvenile crime, and character strength. It also includes service projects, reports, and final exams. They will have the opportunity to take on a slightly shorter (4.5 mile) Yellow Brick Road, which is the Marine outdoor physical challenge. At the end of the week, a formal graduation service is held.