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BY: Kori Sciandra | February 20, 2013

TONAWANDA - Nominated by her English teacher, Leighann Kemp, a ninth grade student at Tonawanda High School, has been given the opportunity to become a member of the Congressional Youth Leadership Council.

This opportunity will take Kemp to Albany next month where she will be participating in a self discovering program, during which she will learn leadership skills; concepts of academic, social, and vocational confidence; and build character.

Taking part in the leadership council will aid Kemp in becoming a leader, and prepare her with the skills she needs to head back to Tonawanda High School and apply the skills she learned by helping others become leaders as well.

Kemp is the first student, who attends Tonawanda High School, to be nominated for this opportunity in 10 years. She is among 250 students throughout the country who have been nominated to be a part of the Congressional Youth Leadership Council.

She is looking to take part in student council, and already takes part in a variety of extra curricular activities such as athletics, science club, and playing clarinet, which she most recently played as part of the pit crew for the high school play.

“I hope to learn self esteem and how to be assertive in a leadership role,” said Kemp. “I never could have imagined I would have been given this opportunity.”

Her mother, Lisa Hammond, and father, Erich Kemp, are very proud of their daughter and her accomplishments. They are grateful for this opportunity.

“It’s a great opportunity. I am glad her teacher saw something in her that she has yet to see in herself,” said Hammond. “She has a great outlook and a great personality. Plus, she will get to meet new people.”

The total cost of the trip for Kemp to head to Albany and take part in this opportunity is $1,600 (including room and board, trip fair, etc.). She exceeded her goal of raising half the amount of money in order to take the burden off of her parents, and raised more than $1,100 from private, local donations including friends and family; Mayor Ron Pilozzi; the City of Tonawanda Fire Department; City of Tonawanda Superintendent, Dr. James Newton; and plenty of local restaurants. However, she has not quite reached her final goal of $1,600.

Anyone who wishes to help Kemp on her quest to Albany can do so by contacted her mother at 863-4744.

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