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L.E.A.P. Conference encourages youth to seek higher education

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On Thursday the Iowa Association for College Admission Counseling sponsored L.E.A.P. a leadership conference targeting Iowa's underrepresented high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

L.E.A.P. is an acronym for Leading & Excelling, Academically & Professionally.

Organizers say that if some of the students decide to go to college they would be first generation students in their family.

The key note speaker at the event was Quinton Clay. He is originally from Iowa and currently serves as the Associate Director of Admissions at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

He came to remind students that they can do anything they put their mind to.

"There are students maybe who don't see themselves the way they should. They don't see the potential the talent within themselves. They don't see the qualities and traits that I see. That admission officers see and when we review their applications," said Clay.

The event ran from 9 am to 2 pm at Mount Mercy University CRST International Graduate Center.

Organizers say if students would like to be involved they should discuss the program with their school counselor.

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