Sofia Saenz, a student at Premont High School, will join a select group of students representing their schools, communities and states as People to People student leaders. Saenz has been accepted into the People to People Leadership Summit in Stanford University, Palo Alto, Calif., which will be held Aug. 8 through 17. All students who are accepted into a People to People program must meet rigorous academic and leadership requirements. Saenz was nominated by her AP English teacher, Margie Garcia, and was accepted for the honor based on outstanding scholastic merit, civic involvement and leadership potential.

"I think I can speak for our entire AP class when I say that you have been so much more than just an English teacher. You have taught me so much in and outside of the classroom, and the lessons I've learned with you have proven to be more valuable than even you had expected," said Sofia in a thank-you letter to her teacher.

The People to People Leadership Summits bring together outstanding student leaders from around the globe to focus on leadership, team building, community service, college admissions and professional aspirations.

Students work on an action plan to make a difference in their communities, develop skills to help them lead tomorrow's world, and build their college resum/s while earning academic or service-learning credit.

Participants also gain insights to guide their educational and professional careers, and benefit from a strong focus on college admissions. Through workshops, presentations, excursions and discussions, student leaders attain a clear advantage as they pursue and fine-tune their selected fields of interest. Students will have the opportunity to meet with admissions officers and gain valuable advice for navigating the college application process. In some locations, students are able to tour several area universities.

The program is coordinated by People to People Ambassador Programs to fulfill the vision President Dwight D. Eisenhower had for fostering world citizenship when he founded People to People during his presidency in 1956. Visit www.lsstudentleaders.org for additional information.