Washington calls our young leader
Thursday, 26th June, 2014
By Erica Visser
Teenager Cooper Murray has never been on a plane before but that won’t stop him jetting off to Washington this weekend by himself.
Cooper will attend the Global Young Leaders Conference where he’ll visit international embassies and participate in workshops.
The 16-year-old will board a plane for the first time in Sydney where he will farewell his parents before the two-week adventure.
Cooper, a Willyama High School Year 11 student, owes the opportunity to his teacher, Miss Scott, who nominated him.
He plans to study medicine one day and hopes the 10-day conference will increase help him in later life.
“It will teach us leadership qualities and skills, whether it be on a local or a global scale,” Cooper said.
“The skills I will get there will direct me throughout, regardless of what I’m doing.”
Cooper hopes to meet up with other Australian students at the conference.
He will go sight-seeing during his last three days in the US, with planned visits to Times Square in New York, the Empire State Building and to watch a Broadway show.
And he deserves the break - Cooper is studying three sciences, maths, English and ancient history at school, works two casual jobs and plays sport.
He and his family thanked everyone who had helped raise $3000 for the trip, including the Willyama High School P & C, the Barrier Social Democratic Club, Quota Club, Broken Hill Community Foundation, Buckworth Keady Lawyers, Century 21 McLeods, Mulga Hill Tavern and Councillor Jim Richards.
“We’d like to give special thanks to Fisk and Selina at Globe Timber and Hardware for their donations towards the Mother’s Day raffle and also for the sausage sizzle held,” said Cooper’s mother, Tracey Murray.
“And Mark Craven and family and McDonalds for the fundraising event.”