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Acosta prepares for Atlanta leadership conference

Amanda Acosta has participated in many clubs and activities to ameliorate her community; and she has more ideas to try. To help, Amanda, 14, will attend the National Young Leaders State Conference, Sept. 8-11.

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Amanda Acosta works on a 4-H project.

"I'm excited about the whole thing," said Amanda. "I want to bring everything I learn back to do something for this community."

The conference, held at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel, will teach eighth and ninth graders to recognize their personal skills, create a network of supporters, to establish goals, effective public speaking methods and conflict management. All lessons will be followed with an "applying learned skills" opportunity.

Only pupils who have been nominated to the Congressional Youth Leadership Council by an educator may attend the conference. Amanda was nominated by Pam Rhea, assistant principal of instruction at Thomson Middle.

"(Amanda) has the ability to get along with all different types of people," Mrs. Rhea said. "She always has a smile on her face, she's very positive...And she takes that enthusiasm and that positive attitude everywhere with her, and it becomes contagious."

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Amanda is raising money to attend a leadership conference.

Amanda has been an honor roll student since second grade. As a leader, she has served as president of McDuffie County 4-H club, on the county 4-H council, in Cloverleaf District Project Achievement weekend and as chairman of the McDuffie 4-H Relay for Life team.

To serve her community, Amanda has participated in projects for Thomson Manor nursing home, made back-packs for children of military soldiers deployed in Iraq, collected aluminum cans to benefit burn victims and aluminum can tabs for the Ronald McDonald house, worked to clean up the campus at her school, and donated her hair to Locks of Love.

To attend the conference, Amanda needs to raise $1,295 for the tuition. Amanda said she has received funds from Thomson Kiwanis Club, McDuffie Feed and Seed, Luckey Signs, and Regions Bank, as well as individual people. Amanda is trying to organize a raffle of donated items to raise the last "couple of hundred dollars" she needs.

"For my future, I plan to attend college with scholarships and graduate with honors. As for my career, I hope to become a Child Life Specialist ... or join the military and serve my country. But whatever my future holds, I plan to accomplish big things," Amanda said.

To make a donation, call Amanda at 595-4875.



Web posted on Thursday, July 28, 2005











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