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P-O students participate in leadership summit

by on November 22, 2017 11:19 AM

PHILIPSBURG — Empowering students to become positive leaders at school and in the community was the vision for seven students from Philipsburg-Osceola Senior High School who recently represented the district at the Clearfield/Jefferson High School Leadership Summit.

Hosted by Clearfield County Collaboration and Prevention Board and the Jefferson County Collaboration Board, the summit was held at Lock Haven University's Clearfield campus. Students who demonstrate strong leadership potential were selected to attend.

During the event, students engaged in numerous activities. A motivational speaker addressed the leadership potential in adolescents, and a magician focused on the prevention of teen suicide, bullying and depression that leads to alcohol and drug abuse.

Students also learned about the "ME to WE" project, which is designed to transform local and global communities by shifting from “me” thinking to “we” acting. Using the goal-setting technique "SMART," students collaborated to create a plan that could potentially help a local student in need.

“The students had the idea to organize a 5K run or a holiday walk to support a student in the district who is battling cancer," said P-O school social worker Kim Torres, who attended the summit with the students. "Part of the SMART goal process was for them to consider various factors related to their project, such as whether their plan was realistic, how it would be funded and who would benefit. This process forced students to consider the whole project from start to finish and whether or not it was achievable.”

Philipsburg-Osceola students who attended the summit are part of a larger group at the high school known as the Positive Behavior Task Force. The goal of the group is to support the district-wide positive behavior program by serving as positive role models for peers, in addition to identifying ways to support the school and community.

In the past, the group has visited elementary classrooms to deliver anti-bullying lessons, conducted auctions for various charities, participated in local community fairs to support the needs of local students and organized school events such as field day at the high school. Additionally, the group is planning a Day of Service, during which students will volunteer in the community in a number of capacities. Recruitment into the Positive Behavior Task Force takes place in ninth grade, and students become eligible to attend the Leadership Summit as upperclassmen.

“The leadership summit is a huge chance for teens to find confidence and to make new friends all in one," said senior Mollie Maguire. "Every student wants to get involved, and everyone is engaged. It’s a time for kids to relax and feel comfortable in a new environment and just be themselves.”


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