The young leader accepted the invitation to the conference after being recognized for her scholastic merit, leadership potential and exemplary citizenship.
Participating in the summit provides an opportunity to expand Kyesha's individual knowledge and enhance her leadership skills to carry her into college and beyond.
"I was excited and nervous when I first found out I'd be going," she said, having never been to New Orleans before.
"I'm really hoping to further my education and come back and lead my classmates in their educational endeavors," added Kyesha.
Kyesha said she also looks forward to volunteering and helping in parts of New Orleans still recovering from Hurricane Katrina.
Kyesha's mother, Elizabeth Miller, said she was honored to find out her daughter received the nomination from her former teacher, Maxine Williams.
"Of course I'm very proud of Kyesha," said Elizabeth. "She always sets out to do the best at whatever she does.
"I think the summit will be a great experience for her and also for the community here. I'm looking forward to her making new friends, meeting new people and learning more about getting ready for college."
Betty Trader, Kyesha's language arts teacher at Ray Brooks for the past two years, said the right student was selected.
"She is a very bright young lady," said Trader. "She's very attentive and takes the initiative to go out and get work done.
"It's a great honor for her to be chosen. I believe they have the right person."
At the summit, Kyesha will also have the opportunity to engage in debate about local and international issues, explore personal leadership styles and examine the college admissions process.
Being on the campus of Tulane University will provide her a first-hand college experience.
"I just hope some of the other students at Ray Brooks have the chance to explore the county someday," said Kyesha.
Elizabeth is looking forward to the attending the affair with her daughter and hopes it will further develop her passion for academic success.
"Ray Brooks is about producing integral leaders — of the community and hopefully the world one day," said Elizabeth.
The People to People leadership summits bring together motivated high school and middle school students from over 140 countries. More than 80 percent of attendees go to the college of their choice.
Learn more about the program at www.peopletopeople.com/.