42 top student leaders from Indiana attended the Washington Leadership Conference, which are national leadership trainings, in Washington, D.C. A total of 350 students from across the nation participated in this leadership workshop.
Leah Hefty and LeAnna Shearer, from DeKalb High School, attended these workshops from June 22-27. The theme of the week long training session was discovering each student’s purpose and how they will use that purpose and their strengths to benefit others.
The week’s activities consisted of touring the capitol, visiting an Indiana congressman, a community service event and large and small group sessions. Our nation’s history was stressed while touring national buildings and monuments, whereas, while talking to Senator Joe Donnelly, current events were the topic of discussion. The conferences stressed community involvement.
The participants packed 60,000 meals for the organization, Meals of Hope. Thus, the participants not only learned the importance of community service, they were able to participate in an activity.
The true leadership training came from the sessions. The large group sessions, with all 350 students, stressed determining what it meant to be a citizen, our strengths, the importance of diversity and advocacy and the needs around the world.
The small group sessions, with about 30 students, looked more at what each individual wanted to take back to their community and each student developed their own Living to Serve Plan.
Both Hefty and Shearer are members of the DeKalb FFA. Way to represent ladies!