Last evening Amarillo’s KVII, Channel 7, ran a feature story about 13-year old Shantera Smith. Ms. Smith is a student at Amarillo’s Fannin Middle School. Her algebra teacher nominated her for the National Young Leaders State Conference to be held in Dallas June 5-8, 2014. Ms. Smith was accepted.
Congratulations to Ms. Smith. According to Channel 7’s online website, www.ConnectAmarillo.com, “the conference is a four-day event that will help young scholars build leadership skills and strategies. It is also an opportunity for students to interact with individuals who have similar goals.” The conference will include students from 30 cities.
In order for Ms. Smith to attend the conference she will need to raise $1500 for room and board and training materials. According to the Channel 7 report, Ms. Smith’s mother, Sharonda Davis, plans to hold bake sales, “anything to raise the $1500.”
According to the Channel 7 report, Ms. Davis has opened an account at the Education Credit Union under “Sharonda Davis” for anyone wanting to help with raising the money for Shantera to attend the conference.
Again, Congratulations to Ms. Davis. Let’s all chip in and help!!
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