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Send North Tahoe student Omar Vargas to Princeton Junior Statesmen program

North Tahoe Middle School Staff
Special to the Sun

For some students, middle school can be a difficult time of social acceptance, school work and the development of self-identity. For other students, the world of learning and experiencing truly begins when the student feels confident and can more clearly see the opportunities in front of him/her. And for eighth grader Omar Vargas, these past three years at North Tahoe Middle School have allowed for true personal and intellectual growth, athletic challenges, time for friendships to begin and sustain and, most recently, an academic opportunity of a lifetime!

Omar has been accepted into the Junior Statesmen summer school program at Princeton University in New Jersey. This is a huge honor for him, his family and his school community and there is no doubt that this summer program is a chance for him to reach his goal of one day attending a high ranking university in California. Junior Statesman is a program based out of Washington D.C. that offers high school students rigorous academic classes in a college setting. The main classes he will be taking are an Advanced Placement (AP) U.S. History class and a War and Diplomacy class. In addition, he will be participating in a congressional workshop, listening to guest speakersand#8217; talk about national, state, and local politics and he will be taking a trip New York City. This experience will not only prepare Omar for high school by helping him understand more political concepts and government issues but it will raise his worldly awareness through international and national social interactions and help him be globally competitive through high level dialogues and debates. Omar also sees the benefit to earning AP credit for high school U.S. History during the summer, before his freshman year, so that he can concentrate on higher level math and English classes. His college goal is to eventually study Constitutional law with the hopes of defending people whose rights are being constitutionally violated. These dreams may be prevalent in many of the middle school students who pass through our middle school hallways but they are not always vocalized or much less acted upon until students mature and are given guidance during high school. Omar knows the odds are against him and that he has to fight harder than most to get where he wants to go. He is one of five children being raised by his single mother in Kings Beach. This educational opportunity is unique and Omar knows there is the possibility of really taking a chance and discovering what life beyond Tahoe is like.

At this moment financial issues are a problem for Omar and his family. The cost of the trip is $4,500 plus the airline ticket which is approximately $700 to fly from Reno to Newark. In addition, he needs $250 of spending money while he is there, which is a total of $4,500. Omar just received a scholarship from Junior Statesmen in the amount of $750 and donations have already been coming in strong. Presently, Omar needs about $2,500 to meet his goal. We are asking for financial support to help sponsor this amazing educational opportunity to Princeton University.

We thank you in advance for any financial support you can provide at this time. Please make all checks payable to North Tahoe School and mail to:

North Tahoe Middle School

Attn: Omar Vargas

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