Fifty students representing the 2007 Presidential Scholars were invited to hear President Bush speak about No Child Left Behind yesterday and took the opportunity to speak their minds. The group gave Bush a handwritten letter that said, in part:

Dear Mr. President,

As members of the presidential scholars class of 2007, we have been told that we represent the best and the brightest of our nation. Therefore, we believe that we have a responsibility to voice our convictions.

We do not want America to represent torture. We urge you to do all in your power to stop violations of the human rights of detainees, to cease illegal renditions, and to apply the Geneva Conventions to all detainees, including those designated enemy combatants.

Gives me hope for the future.

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