A Los Lunas High School junior has been selected to attend a special summer school for future leaders — and has very little time to raise $3,225 so he can get there.
Armando Padilla, son of Victor and Sulema Padilla of Los Lunas, found out last week that he has been selected to attend the 2002 session of the Junior Statesmen Summer School at Stanford University. But he has very little time to raise the money to pay his room, board, travel and other expenses. So the local high school leader is hitting the local service club circuit and seeking any other financial support he can get.
Anyone wishing to make a donation to help him can send a check to Admissions Director, The Junior Statesmen School, 60 E. Third Ave., Suite 320, San Mateo, Calif. 94401. Checks may be made payable to the Junior Statesmen Foundation and include a note that Armando Padilla is the intended beneficiary. Checks can also be sent to Armand Padilla at P.O. Box 1859, Los Lunas 87031.
It’s a tax-exempt foundation.
The summer school session will be held from June 30 to July 25. While there, students take college-level classes in comparative government and political communication.
They also participate in nightly student debates of controversial public policy issues in a Congressional workshop. Highlighting the month-long session will be frequent meetings with a high-level group of leaders from government, business and the media. The nonpartisan speakers program gives future leaders a chance to share ideas with today’s power brokers.
Padilla was accepted into the program because of his outstanding academic record and potential for leadership.
He is not only a good student, but is active in extracurricular and community activities, including student council and National Honor Society. He is a National Merit Scholar in two subjects and has been an All-American Scholar for the past two years.
He has hoped to attend Stanford University since he was 8 years old, his mother said. He hopes to major in either education or government.
Padilla is one of 250 students worldwide chosen for the program.