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High School Student Athletes Attend Leadership Conference

Four Plainville High School student athletes recently attended the New England Student Leadership Conference, a four day event held at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts.

The students, Nicholas Bendas-Giano, Jalen Benoit, Daniel Costantini and Sydney McGough, are all members of the high school's Student Athlete Leadership Team (SALT). More than 300 students and adult leaders who participate in interscholastic programs throughout New England attended the program.

"I thought that this conference was well organized and an overall amazing experience. I had such a great time meeting new people and improving my leadership skills. There were many breakout sessions used to go in depth about different steps to take to become a better leader - like sportsmanship and balanced living. Community service was a big focus as well, so we not only got to help out the communities of Massachusetts, but we also got ideas for service projects we can do in our own communities," explained McGough. "I think the most memorable thing I learned from this conference was that we shouldn't settle to be good or better, but to be the best. Not only that, but it's our own responsibility to achieve greatness in ourselves. Harvey Alston, one of the many speakers at the conference, taught this to us and gave us an acronym to remember this: PRIDE, Personal Responsibility In Developing Excellence. This has stayed with me since the day he spoke to us and I try to apply it to my daily life."

Dan Costantini also enjoyed attending the student leadership conference. "After participating in this leadership conference I learned that being a leader isn't just leading others so that they make the right choice, but also leading yourself and making the right choice for you. Also, setting the standard and being a good role model to my peers," he said.

The conference focused on Respect, Positive Values, Perspective, Sportsmanship, Teamwork, Healthy Lifestyles, Community Service, and Self Evaluation. The components were presented in both small and large group sessions lead by adult and college facilitators. In addition, a number of guest speakers shared inspirational messages including overcoming adversity and using the power of positive influence. The conference also included a community service project.

"This conference provides an outstanding opportunity for our students to learn from and interact with other student leaders from around New England. Nick, Sydney, Jalen and Dan are four of our finest examples of hard working student leaders, and I look forward to witnessing and assisting them as they transfer the lessons learned at the conference into their everyday lives at Plainville High School. Mr. Zadnik chose four excellent candidates to participate in this experience," commented Plainville High School Principal, Steven LePage.

"When I visited the conference on its last day, I was excited to see that all four Plainville kids were in different groups, but all were fully engaged in their activity. I am eager to hear about the new ideas that they learned and how they can be implemented to improve our Student Athlete Leadership Team," noted Athletic Director and Student Athlete Leadership Team Advisor, John Zadnik.

-Posted on August 9, 2013 at 11:15 AM


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