A Florence School District One student was selected to participate in a national leadership program for high school students. Kandace Rosser, a rising senior at South Florence High, is currently participating in LEDA, (Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America) which is being held this summer at Princeton University. LEDA is a national, not-for-profit organization dedicated to identifying and developing the academic and leadership potential of exceptional public high school students from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds.
According to its website, LEDA notes, “These students are currently underrepresented in our nation’s top colleges, universities and ultimately, leadership sectors. LEDA believes that highly competitive colleges and universities are a nexus for the development of leadership and require an infusion of diversity to improve the mix of ideas and information impacting leaders of public and private institutions across the nation. By helping socio-economically disadvantaged students gain admission to these institutions, LEDA seeks to equalize educational opportunity.
LEDA recognizes that we are better off as a nation and as a people if we offer equal opportunity regardless of socio-economic status, and if we draw upon the leadership potential of all of our most talented citizens.” Kandace is the daughter of David and Lynn Rosser of Florence. Nominated for LEDA by Principal Carol Hill, Kandace was one of 60 students chosen from a pool of 7,000 who applied for the program. While at LEDA, Kandace is receiving assistance in SAT preparation and college scholarship application. Plans also included a visit to the White House this summer. The program began on June 21, and ends on Aug. 9. For more information visit www.ledascholars.org.