PARKLAND, FL- Parkland's Nicholas Mancini, a senior at North Broward Preparatory High School, is one of four student recipients of a scholarship from Broward League of Cities. Also receiving the scholarship are Eszter Erdei of Cooper City High School, Chanice Lee of Lauderhill, and Taryn Bradley of McArthur High School in Hollywood.  All four recipients plan to pursue a career in public service, public policy, government, and/or community affairs. The students were selected for their demonstrated involvement in work, internships, and volunteerism in governmental, community, and legislative environments.

"It was an honor to receive this award from Broward League of Cities especially because our missions really align and there is a synergy with my future being in public service and environmental sustainability sectors and effecting change," shared Mancini. "My biggest supporters of course were my mom and dad and grandmother. But I would have to say my biggest influencer was my debate coach, Mr. Awsare. He taught me the art of debating and influenced my path and the direction I am going in."

Mancini's family is excited and honored of the selection. "I know he was in a pool of many students with high academics and an extensive range of extracurricular activities," his mother, Leah, shared. "Any time you see your child's hard work, perseverence, and dedication be rewarded, it is certainly something to be proud of. Parkland is a fantastic city, where Nicholas has been raised since birth."

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Nicholas and his debate partner are also recent Tournament of Champions winners at the National Debate Tournament in Lexington, Kentucky, and is a nominee for the the Miami Herald Silver Knight award this coming this Thursday in Miami in the category of speech and debate.

Mancini's future is bright. His summer will be filled with further debate practice as he works at the Dartmouth Debate Summer Camp before beginning school at Dartmouth in the fall. Mancini plans to major in Political Science and Environmental Studies. "I hope to go to law school after my undergraduate schooling. I aspire to be an environmental lawyer and government official," he says.

The Broward League of Cities Scholarship is operating in its ninth consecutive year. They have donated over $32,000 in scholarships to Broward County students dedicated to public service.