Jamestown Senior Recognized Among Nation’s Top Student Leaders

Samantha Zhang, a Williamsburg native and senior at Jamestown High School, was recently selected as a Bank of America Student Leader®, via a national scholarship program for community-minded youth. Zhang was chosen with four others to represent the Hampton Roads area in a week-long leadership summit in Washington, D.C. in July. They were joined by 215 other high schoolers from across the nation who are passionate about civil justice and community engagement. As part of the leadership seminar, Zhang met with Virginia Senator Mark Warner on Capitol Hill, as well as Congressmen Rob Wittman and Donald McEachin, to discuss pertinent international, national, and local issues. The summit also included a wide range of speakers from the nonprofit sector, including Barbara Bush, founder of a global health nonprofit.

As part of the experience, Zhang worked as an intern at United Way of the Virginia Peninsula, located in Newport News, for eight weeks this summer, shadowing multiple positions in the office and gaining valuable insight into the nonprofit sector. The Bank of America Student Leader® program is highly selective. By identifying students who stand out as leaders in their local communities and providing them the opportunity to work in nonprofits and develop their leadership skills, the program encourages civic engagement and community service amongst America's next generation of leaders.

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