TPHS Scholarship Fund to honor Nicolas Leslie at Jan. 7 fundraiser

The Torrey Pines High School Scholarship Fund (TPHSSF) will hold a fundraiser Saturday, Jan. 7 from noon – 2 p.m. at Powerhouse Park in Del Mar to honor the memory of Nicolas Leslie, TPHS Class of 2014.

Leslie, a 20-year-old Del Mar native, was murdered in the ISIS-sponsored terrorist attack in Nice, France on July 14, 2016. The much-beloved only child of Del Mar residents Paola and Conrad Leslie, Nick was in France participating in a summer study abroad program through UC Berkeley where he was set to begin his junior year in the Haas School of Business.

The TPHSSF recently created the Nicolas Leslie Memorial Scholarship to further Nick’s legacy at TPHS and beyond. While at Torrey, Nick excelled in his academic studies, played on the lacrosse team and pursued his passion for water sports. He founded the startup company N2 Kitesurfing to earn money for college by teaching kitesurfing. He also served as Congressional Debate co-captain for the TPHS Speech and Debate Team where he enjoyed mentoring younger students who respected him and often sought his guidance. Nick’s life reflects all that is best about the greater TPHS community – a love of the outdoors, enlightened global engagement and compassionate entrepreneurism.

 “This event will give the community the opportunity to demonstrate its support of the Leslie family and celebrate Nick’s life,” said Sharon Rosen Leib, the event’s lead organizer and board member of both the TPHSSF and TPHS Foundation, nonprofits supporting all Torrey Pines students. 

“Nick’s father, Conrad, will be speaking about his son’s inspiring accomplishments and joie de vivre,” Leib said. 

Newly elected California Assemblyman Todd Gloria will also be in attendance to pay tribute.

 Jersey Mikes will be donating sandwiches for the lunchtime gathering. Tickets are $20 in advance and $30 the day of the event, and may be purchased at www.tphssf.org - all proceeds go directly to fund the scholarship. The first Nicolas Leslie Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a deserving TPHS student at a ceremony in May 2017. 

 For more information, please contact Sharon Rosen Leib, (858) 775-9051 or srleib@me.com. 

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