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Providence teen wins trip to Vegas to share story of being bullied

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By: Alexandra Cowley

acowley@abc6.com

A Providence teen is about to make a trip of a lifetime, because of the story she has to share. The high school senior who's boarding a plane to Las Vegas tomorrow to be part of a national movement against bullying.

16–year–old Sarah Murray is one of 12 teens nationwide, chosen to be a part of a national campaign against bullying.

Judging by the size of Sarah Murray's smile, you'd never believe she went through a phase where smiling was non–existent.

"People just picked on me because of my clothes and how I dressed," explained Murray.

The 16–year–old doesn't have fond memories of her middle school years.

"It made me feel lonely like I didn't really talk to a lot of people, I was really shy, I never wanted to go school and when I did go to school, I was always sat by myself,"Murray said.

After years of being tortured, she had an epiphany.

"I just thought one day like why do I care what other people think about me, if I like me and I know that I'm a good person, and I know that I'm smart, and I know that I'm kind, then why should I care about what other people say or think," she said.

It's that attitude that led Murray to volunteer at the boys and girls club, hoping to teach kids the pain bullying causes.

"If I see a kid bullying another one I'm like you don't understand the situation, you don't understand what it's like to them maybe you should stop and think," she said.

Because of Murray's leadership, her supervisor at the Boys and Girls Club entered her to win a trip to Vegas, and be a part of a national campaign against bullying.

During the trip she'll be a part of a roundtable discussion on how to combat cyber-bullying. She also gets VIP access to a Carly Rae Jepsen concert, where she'll get to meet the pop star.

"It's amazing, I'm speechless, I really don't know what to say," said Murray.

If Murray could talk to her middle school self now, she would say,"I would just tell her that it gets better, there's no need to worry, just block everybody else out, look at you now, your going to see Carly Rae Jepsen."

Murray is in line to become the valedictorian of Mount Pleasant High School. Murray and her mom leave for Vegas Wednesday morning.

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