Students attend leadership conference

STUDENTS FROM RCHS learned important leadership skills at the I-8 Leadership conference on Oct. 23. Attending the conference and pictured with keynote speaker Ted Weise were (from left) Darby O’Shea, Joel Hunt, Meghan Faletti, Jake Tazelaar, Maggie Meyer, Casey Cromp, Emily Wolf and Jackson Dillon.

Students from Reed-Custer High School got a chance this week to learn some important leadership skills from someone who has made a name for himself in the area of inspiring youth.

On Monday, Oct. 23, eight students represented RCHS at the I-8 Leadership Conference hosted by Seneca High School.

The students got to meet with Ted Wiese, one of the nation’s top youth leadership development speakers. Wiese works with thousands of students every year to teach and enhance their leadership skills, and promotes an energetic and positive atmosphere for students to learn the key aspects of a leader.

The students were excited to participate in the conference.

“The interactive activities not only taught me about being a leader, but also about different individual levels within a group,” said Emily Wolf.

The conference students in attendance were not only able to learn the qualities of a leader, but also practice the leadership qualities with each other in fun teamwork activities.

“The best part about attending the leadership conference was that it taught me that having confidence and feeling good about oneself allows one to perform to the best of his/her ability,” said Jacob Tazelaar.

The RCHS team mantra for the day was “I feel great!”

Students came back to school with a positive disposition and the fundamentals to be successful leaders.

Weise started his career with Junior Achievement, and established Wiese Training and Development, LLC. His engaging speeches and activity-oriented workshops develop student leadership skills in an energetic, highly interactive, humorous and effective manner. The program provides students with information and skills to take back to school, ideas to put into action, and something good to talk about in the days and months ahead.