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Senior Leaders Attend National LEAD Conference
February 2, 2024 — Student leaders and Mound Westonka High School seniors Kendall Sebasky and Caryn Childers traveled to Arlington, Virginia for the LEAD National Student Leadership Conference Jan. 26-28. LEAD (Leadership, Experience, and Development) is the premier national conference for student leaders and educators.
LEAD provides opportunities for peer learning, expertise-sharing and networking with some of the most incredible student leaders across the globe. Students walk away with the resources, skills and inspiration to make an even greater impact on their school, community and beyond.
“At the conference I had the opportunity to grow connections and listen to incredible speakers share their stories,” said Sebasky. “I learned about how to further my impact on my school’s community. I also learned the importance of remaining passionate in my leadership roles.”
This year’s LEAD conference was put on by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). LEAD brings a specific focus on building connections, expanding leadership skills, leading through service, and amplifying student voice.
Sebasky and Childers were impacted by keynote speakers Timothy Alexander, Tony Weaver, Jr., and Rochelle Whellams. They also participated in networking sessions and student voice activities and had the chance to explore Washington, D.C.
“The conference was a wonderful opportunity to expand my network, learn valuable leadership and life skills, and give insight to the NASSP to make real change within our school,” said Childers. “As an involved student, it’s always gratifying to see your work and ideas pay off in a fun and recognized space like the LEAD conference. Overall, the conference was an excellent chance to grow my leadership and meet people as passionate as me about making a difference!”
Sebasky serves as 2023-24 President of the Minnesota Association of Honor Societies and Childers serves as Vice President of the Minnesota Association of Student Councils. This opportunity was put together through MASC/MAHS.