To The Daily Sun,

My name is Samantha Sapier. I'm about to start my sophomore year, at Laconia High School. I was recently nominated to attend the, "National Young Leaders Conference" (NYLC), in Washington D.C. I was nominated because my school career has already proven that, I'm a strong leader and I have the skills and capabilities for this event. Because of my academic achievements, they found me on a college admissions site, and they sent me a nomination letter in the mail. I have achieved honor roll status since my sixth grade year in 2009. I was presented the "Principal's award for Academic Excellence", for achieving a GPA of 3.47 during my career at the Laconia Middle School. This year, I received a medal for Academic Excellence in Accelerated English, and I also achieved high honors with distinction. My curriculum consists of mostly "honors" courses. I am currently an intern with the New Hampshire JAG Program (Jobs for American Graduates), ETS (Educational Talent Search), and the New Hampshire Scholars.

From July 28 to August 5, if given this privilege, I will be staying at the "Besthesda, Marriott Hotel", with students from all over the country with similar achievements. We will be attending conferences and workshops to improve our leadership and communication skills. One of the simulations we are preparing for is, the "If I Were President simulation." My peers and I, will adopt the role as president and his advisors during a crisis. We will conspire, to devise a solution that will bring an immediate just end, to the emulation.

From my understanding, we will later present our ideas to the actual president. In addition, we will get to meet the House of Representatives, visit museums and monuments, China Town, and have a "photo opportunity" in front of the White House.

This is a marvelous and inimitable opportunity, and I am looking forward to attending. This trip unfortunately falls below my family's budget. The cost of tuition is almost two thousand dollars. This does not include plane tickets, transportation fees, seven off-site meals, and money for necessities and souvenirs. I am still trying to acquire, a "business/casual" wardrobe for this trip.

Without the support, efforts, and ideas of my family and friends, who devoted their time in helping me reach my goals, this opportunity wouldn't be so close to success. We've managed to raise $700 through fundraising and generous donations. Any donations or contributions would be greatly accepted and appreciated, in my quest to strengthen my skills and prepare for my future. To those willing to make a donation, in return, I would be highly honored to share my outlook and illustrate my experiences in Washington D.C. I can be reached by phone at 273-2200 or by e-mail at Thank you for your time and consideration.

Samantha M. Sapier


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