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My name is Douglas Bingle. I am 13-year-old seventh-grader from Shirley, attending school at North Central Charter Essential School in Fitchburg.

I have been invited to attend the National Young Leaders State Conference, which is sponsored by the Congressional Youth Leadership Council.

According to the CYLC, the four-day conference focuses the attention of the attendees on taking an introspective and highly-personalized assessment of their leadership skills and abilities. It is designed specifically for the most highly motivated students in the nation, and focuses on core leadership tools that provide scholars with critical skills for success in life.

While I’m at the conference, I’ll be taking classes and learning about topics such as Your Personal Strengths and Unique Abilities, Creating Your Network of Supporters, and Setting Your Sights and Establishing Your Goals.

I believe that the conference will be a great experience and accomplishment. When I was invited to join, I was asked what I hope to gain by attending. Once I’m there, I’m hoping to meet new people, make new friends, and learn from new teachers.

I hope that this is just the beginning making a difference in the world. I think that from this experience it will help me get to better places and meet greater goals throughout life. Even I could inspire other people that may not be as fortunate as me to try hard, so that they could reach a goal like this.

When I first received the letter in the mail, I didn’t think much of it, but then I realized that only one other person in my grade got an invitation, making me feel a little more confident. Also, when I searched for more information on the trip I found out that only sixth-through ninth-grade students who demonstrate maturity, academic excellence and leadership potential are nominated by someone who believes in them.

I am going, and I hope I will like it so that I can spread the word. Then maybe other people will go out and try their hardest to go, and then they’ll tell even more people, not if, but when they have a great time. I’m also not 100 percent sure who will be there, maybe some people I know, friends, family, people that run our state, our country? All I know is that one day I’ll be up there teaching kids, helping the country,

But for now I’m still just there to experience and learn from it. I’ll be looking forward to it, sleeping in a special hotel, dressing up nicely, and most of all meeting new people, traveling to new places, and learning new skills.

This trip doesn’t come without a price, however. I am being asked to raise $1,500. To raise this, I am looking for sponsors and work so that I can earn the money to attend. I will do yard work, shovel driveways, and do other odd jobs. I also thank Bob Lindquist, the owner of the Airport Diner, Marion Sanford, the owner of M&Ms Convenience, and the patrons of both establishments for allowing me to set up donation cans.

If you are interested in being a sponsor of my leadership conference experience, have a spot for me to set up a donation can, or need help around your house or property, please contact me at dougmoreb8@comcast.net or 978-425-6348.

DOUGLAS BINGLE

Shirley

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