Nick Jonas + Jordin Sparks ♥ Ronald Reagan
Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers and Jordin Sparks of "American Idol" fame are among the co-chairs of a "National Youth Leadership Committee" honoring Ronald Reagan in conjunction with the former president's 100th birthday.
"Ronald Reagan is a personal hero of mine, I admire the way he stood up for causes he believed were right, no matter what," Jonas said in a quote posted to the website of the Ronald Reagan presidential foundation and library.
Jonas and Sparks are among the 35 young people who are on the committee, many of whom had not been born before Mr. Reagan left office in 1989. Also on the committee are athletes, beauty queens and students, all of whom are under 25 years old.
"Each of these young athletes, entertainers, and student leaders is inspired in a personal way by President Reagan's vision of freedom and the example of his leadership," according to the website. "Together they have earned 18 Olympic medals, 11 NCAA All-American selections, five NCAA Championships, two certified Platinum Records, and numerous other awards."
Jonas and Sparks told the Associated Press they became fans of Reagan by virtue of their parents' dinner conversations.
"My father and my family were supporters of Reagan," Jonas told the AP. "I'm proud to be a part of this. It's amazing."
The "centennial celebration" for what would have been Mr. Reagan's 100th birthday on Feb 6th - the former president died in 2004 - is a two-year affair overseen by the Ronald Reagan Centennial Commission, an 11-person panel created by President Obama last year.
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