SPRING HILL — Nathalia Botero hopes to travel to Washington, D.C., this summer to participate in LeadAmerica's 2009 Congressional Student Leadership Conference. It offers select students 10-day leadership and career conferences that include the opportunity to earn college credits.
Nathalia, 15, would be able to meet other students, learn from national, state and local leaders, and examine current issues. Jeff Perkins, F.W. Springstead High School guidance counselor, nominated the ninth-grader.
"I think he nominated me because of my grades," Nathalia said. She is a straight-A student with a 4.5 weighted grade point average.
Nathalia hopes to become involved in soccer, service and, perhaps, softball at Springstead. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a college degree in chemical engineering or medicine.
She likes to read and spend time with her family.
She hopes to learn leadership skills and looks forward to meeting people with different perspectives at the conference.
She is trying to raise money for her trip. She said she will need at least $2,000 to attend. She expects to receive about $300 from LeadAmerica, but she has to provide the rest herself. She is considering car washes and is looking for sponsors.
Nathalia is the daughter of Jose Botero and Luz Ortegon of Brooksville.
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