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A Step Above 2018 Connor Leeming Young leaders like Palo Verde High School Student Body President Connor Leeming are the future of America. He is among the best and brightest in our community, and his promise is evident in his many accomplishments. As head of student council, he seeks to engage with his peers, empowering them with a greater understanding of the educational opportunities at their disposal. With a mature entrepreneurial spirit, he’s already ventured into the world of finance, learning valuable lessons about risk, reward and bouncing back from disappointment. Using Ronald Reagan’s “It can be done,” philosophy as motivation, he applies a can-do attitude to all he endeavors, and for that, Connor Leeming is– A Step Above. G.P.A.: 4.3 Clubs/Activities: • Student Body President, 2016-Present • Junior Class Treasurer, 2016-2017 • PVHS Organization Team Student Representative, 2017-Present • Speech and Debate, 2014-Present • National Honor Society, 2015-Present • Key Club Vice President, 2014-2017 • Model United Nations, 2015-2017 • Palo Verde Pep Club, 2014-2015 • DECA, 2015-2016 Honors/Awards/Community Service: • Nevada Boys State Mayor, 2017 • National Association of Student Councils National Conference Delegate, 2017 • International Business Alliance Program Chairman, 2015-Present • Best Orator Award–Nevada Boys State, 2017 • Student Council National Gold Council of Excellence Award, 2016-Present • Student Council Silver Star Award, 2016-Present • AP Scholar with Honor Award, 2017 • Best Buddies, 2015-2016 Describe the good work you do with the International Business Alliance. “We've teamed up with entrepreneurs in Nigeria to collaborate and empower local businesses. Working with these ambi- tious individuals who have risked everything to achieve their dreams has been a great honor and incredibly insightful. The progress we've achieved has enabled businesses such as Danliti's Cobbling shop to provide employees with an income that allows them to send their children to school.” Who is someone you look up to and why? “I look up to Warren Buffet, the greatest investor of all time and a passionate philanthropist. What makes the man so unique isn't his success; it's his wit and modesty. He lives in a house he bought for about $30,000 and has pledged to donate the over $70 billion he's made to charity. I admire his clear vision and generosity.” What makes you successful? “One factor that has contributed to success in my life is my willingness to fail. I will fight for success to the best of my ability, but I am willing to take chances even when the odds are not in my favor. I've always believed in the importance of hard work and determination.” November/December 2017 You’ve been investing since 12 years of age. What have you learned from your early forays into the stock market? “Over the past five years, I've continued this passion and lost nearly everything. This experience has taught me my most valuable lessons in patience and overcoming loss. I've learned to appreciate the danger of overconfidence and the importance of thorough research.” 41