Sen. Lugar holds annual leadership training at UIndy


A longtime Indiana senator is passing on his decades of experience to aspiring politicians across the state.

Richard Lugar gave the keynote speech Saturday at his 38th annual Symposium for Tomorrow's Leaders.

The yearly event brings 450 of the most talented high school juniors to the University of Indianapolis. The students spent the day Saturday discussing national and global issues from the threat posed by ISIS to the energy revolution.

Lugar said it's about teaching these future leaders about the problems we face and the responsibilities they'll have in the years ahead.

"I hope the students take away from this the fact that they have great opportunities in this world, but it's going to require diligent study, a great deal of self-discipline on their part throughout the years and likewise a degree of patriotism - a will to serve," said former Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.). "That life can be very exciting. The agenda is full. But you really have to do your homework in order to have solutions."

A senior at Lawrence North who attended the symposium last year was back this year for a special prize. Lugar presented Edric Zeng with $1,000 for earning the "Distinguished Student Leadership Award."