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SCC hosts first-ever leadership training event

After requests from parents for more leadership training and teachers asking for help organizing student club meetings, St. Croix Central High School teacher and FFA advisor Bill Emery decided to do something to help SCCHS students boost their leadership skills.

"I thought I'd take on the challenge of orchestrating a leadership workshop for the entire school," Emery said.

Emery worked with the University of Wisconsin-River Falls chapter of Alpha Tau Alpha (ATA), a national professional honorary agricultural education organization, the FFA and Fellowship of Christian Athletes Director Mark Hull to make the event happen. Emery said his leadership class was also involved in organizing the event.

The event, titled Teens for Teams Leadership Workshop, will meet from 3:35 to 6: 45 p.m. after school on Thursday, Nov. 1.

The leadership workshop will consist of three different sessions; meeting setup, team building and character education.

Meeting setup, led by members of ATA, will teach students about meeting organization. The session will help students learn to focus on a specific topic during meetings, contact people beforehand so they can speak at meetings and to close meetings effectively.

The team building session will help students learn to work cooperatively with different types of people.

The character education session will be taught by Hull. Hull's presentation will focus on the importance of providing a strong positive image for a team. Emery said Hull's presentation will include a secular promotion of moral behavior.

"My first goal is that the clubs work better, that they can function pretty well as a group," Emery said.

He said many of SCCHS's clubs have had a difficult time getting organized this year.

Twenty to thirty students are expected to attend the workshop. Emery said he hopes it will become an annual event, but that will depend on how this year's event goes.

Gretta Stark

Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.

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