Leadership Speaker Ted Wiese Inspires Sophomores

It may be hard to imagine sophomores getting excited about a game of Simon Says. In actuality, the game was called Ted Says and led by leadership speaker Ted Wiese. The game was one of the many activities students participated in when Wiese presented his youth leadership program on April 20 and 21.

"This is my 19th school year traveling coast to coast talking at schools that are interested in promoting leadership to their students," Wiese said.

This was Wiese's 11th year in a row presenting at CJ.

"CJ students are very competitive in a good way," Wiese reflected. "They are very enthusiastic and receptive to my message."

Wiese explained to students the characteristics of a leader include self-confidence, taking action, communication and responsibility. His message came across through a series of activities and games.

"It's hard to focus on a power point presentation and read slides," Rhiannon Beall '18 explained. "Ted was very active and did the games so he could get our attention." 

"I liked how he didn't try to be something he's not," agreed Roman Dwire '18. "He was straight forward and explained things in a fun way."

One game the students played required them to sit around a circle and say the word "zoom" to the person next to them as fast as possible until everyone had a turn. Beall said they were asked to do this under a certain amount of time and each time, the group kept doing the activity faster and faster.

"The meaning of the game was that we should always think about the positive things in life," Beall noted. "As time decreased we didn't think about the positive we just thought that we couldn't do it. But then at the end we could do it which resulted in us thinking about the positive."

Parker Ferdelman '18 added, "Each game had a message to it about leadership and what leadership is. Ted kept adding on to the keys  of what it is to be a leader."

"CJ has leaders and sophomores are the next group of leaders who will be leading the school, the athletic teams, the clubs, and other organizations," Wiese said. "The idea was to get students thinking about how they can make a difference, how they can step up and be a leader. Hopefully when the time comes, they're ready to go!"

Posted April 21, 2016