SGA Fall Leadership Conference
BY JORDYN WILLIAMS ON NOVEMBER 15, 2013
At Rose, there are many opportunities for leadership offered by teachers and staff, but on Oct. 26, a group of students took it into their own hands to improve their leadership skills. A group of Rose students took time out of their weekend to go to the Eastern District Fall Conference to strengthen their leadership skills.
The Eastern District Fall Conference was held at Havelock High School this year. Rose has participated in this conference for multiple years and has even hosted it a few times.It has been highly beneficial for all those who attended.
The day consists of a series of workshops and speakers who give talks about leadership and responsibility.
“Usually we have a speaker and they teach us about leadership,” SGA president Erin Naziri said. “Then we split up into groups with other students that we don’t know; those are called workshops.”
During a workshop, a speaker gives a presentation then students do icebreaker activities in their groups. These activities are designed to get students acquainted with each other and become more comfortable with their group. The rest of the workshop is in a classroom setting where the speaker gives students tips on how to be good leaders. The speakers that are assigned to the groups are all upperclassmen high school students, most of them seniors.
This year Rose had a few seniors who were chosen to be speakers for the workshops. Seniors, such as Usma Vaidya and Ashish Khanchandani, shared personal leadership experiences and helped other students improve their leadership abilities.
“Students definitely learn new skills at the conference,” senior class president Ushma Vaidya said.
All in all, the students who attended said the conference was a learning experience. It helped those students realize their potential as leaders and bring what they experienced back to their high schools.
“Most of the students that attend the conference are officers at their schools so [the students at the conference] will bring those newly learned skills back to their schools,” Vaidya said.