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NHI and St. Mary's College of Maryland hosts the American LDZ

Presenting the American LDZ

July 9th - 16th, 2023

For the second year in a row, the American Lorenzo de Zavala Youth Legislative Session (LDZ) will take place at St. Mary's College of Maryland, the National Public Honors College. Unlike its sister LDZ programs, the American LDZ uses a federal system where a President and Vice President are elected. Additionally, due to the proximity to the nation's capital, attendees to this site have the unique opportunity to have a "DC Experience" midweek. In 2022, students toured historic sites, several delegates met their respective members of Congress, and many other members were made near the steps of the Capitol. Located on the East Coast, expect to connect with an Eastern delegation as well as students from the Americas, like Panama, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Mexico, are in attendance. A truly global delegation comes together at the American LDZ near picturesque waters and historic grounds.

About St.Mary's College of Maryland

As The National Public Honors College, St. Mary’s College of Maryland offers an undergraduate liberal arts education and small-college experience like those found at exceptional private colleges. St. Mary’s College shares the hallmarks of private institutions: an outstanding faculty, talented students, high academic standards, a challenging curriculum, small classes, a sense of community, and a spirit of intellectual inquiry. But as a state institution of higher education, St. Mary’s College is also committed to the ideals of affordability, accessibility, and diversity. By combining these virtues of public and private education, St. Mary’s College provides a unique alternative for students and their families.

St. Mary’s College of Maryland is named for the place it marks: the 17th-century capital of Maryland. The spectacular waterfront setting is in the heart of the Chesapeake Bay region. The campus is 75 miles southeast of Washington, D.C. and 97 miles south of Baltimore. (from

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About St.Mary's and Maryland

Historic St. Mary's City is one of the premier historic sites in America, a museum of living history and archaeology telling diverse stories on the site of Maryland’s first capital in beautiful, tidewater Southern Maryland. (from

St. Mary’s College’s 360-acre campus is nestled between stands of loblolly pine and the oyster beds of the Chesapeake Bay.

Our waterfront campus boasts spectacular sunrises and sunsets and endless opportunities for both quiet reflection and outdoor adventure.

The natural beauty of the campus, with secret gardens and quiet nooks throughout, encourages peaceful study and stillness. And the natural bounty of our location means there’s always something to do–from hiking the local forests to biking through the farm fields to paddle-boarding in the St. Mary’s River. Or birdwatching: St. Mary’s College was the first college in Maryland to be designated an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.

St. Mary’s College’s academic, residential and administrative buildings are designed in the tidewater architectural style. The large, sheltered porches take advantage of the low-lying warmth of the lower Atlantic coast’s subtropical climate –and provide a communal spot for students enjoying a breezy summer night. (from


What is included in the LDZ tuition?

The registration amount for the LDZ includes meals, housing, t-shirt, supplies, materials, and the full LDZ leadership experience.  

  • A $25 non refundable application fee is required for NHI to review applications.
  • Once admitted, we will bill you for the first $150 non-refundable security deposit.
  • The final payment of $995 will be billed in a lump sum according to whether students applied under Early Admission, Regular Admission, or in Late Admission.  Any student wanting "payments" rather than a "lump sum" must contact and ask for a payment plan.

Refund policy is as follows:

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After successfully completing the program, LDZers often reflect on the experience as a space where they felt free to express themselves, their ideas, and honed their skills. They felt culturally embraced, understood, and valued. At the LDZ, they began to see themselves as playing a leadership role wherever life would take them, whether at home, in school, in a career, or in service to others. Most of all, they felt special in knowing that leadership is a life-long calling in which they will have a special role to play with NHI.

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