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SRVHS hosts leadership conference

Shilpa Rao and Brandon Garnsey

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SRVHS students refined their leadership skills at the Tri-Valley Leadership Conference (TVLC) Friday, January 29, 2016  in SRVHS’ large gym from 8:30 AM-2:30 PM.

According to SRVHS senior Lindsey Parnas, the purpose of the conference was to unite Leadership students from different schools and develop ideas to improve SRVHS’ Leadership program.

Schools that participated included SRVHS, Monte Vista High, Mountain House, Miramonte, Las Lomas, Granada, Foothill, Dublin, Dougherty Valley, Clayton Valley, Castro Valley, Carondelet, Cal, Amador and Acalanes, according to the program brochure.

The conference featured guest speaker Keith Hawkins, who discussed leadership principles with students. He explained that people respond to actions rather than words. As part of one exercise, he required that students interact with students from other schools by giving back massages and discussing inclusiveness and friendliness.

“I really liked that compared to speakers at assemblies, he emphasized the unique qualities of leadership students,” said Parnas.

The program began with school cheers. Later, students from each school performed a lip sync. SRVHS’ involved a “mashup of sci-fi songs with Star Wars thrown in,” said Parnas.

Afterwards, students attended “breakout sessions,” where they participated in mini lessons relating to a field of their choice. Each student participated in two. Sessions included “Ewok Bungalow,” where students learned how to better host dances and “Cantina Chillin,” where students discussed how to get to know each other.

SRVHS junior Kristian Woerner chose to attend a session on advertising. There, the leader of the group gave a talk and students discussed how their schools advertised events.

Leadership committees met to share ideas afterwards. Woerner, as part of Publicity, discussed  topics such as homecoming, posters and advertising. Parnas, who is part of Awards, discussed academic achievements.

The day concluded with a debrief, and SRVHS students discussed what worked and what did not in terms of hosting the program.

Many SRVHS students enjoyed the conference. Parnas said that she liked “meeting leadership students from other school and being part of dance parties.”

Next year, the conference will take place at Monte Vista.

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