Students Lap Up Leadership Seminars

October has kept students of the Chaminade Julienne community immersed in leadership activities.

This month students had the privilege of attending the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) Student Leadership Conference and the Anthony Muñoz Youth Leadership Seminar. Both provided excellent opportunities for students to grow in community with peers from different high schools while simultaneously honing their own personal leadership characteristics.

On Oct. 1, Scott Pierce, athletic director, chaperoned a group of 14 students to the OHSAA Student Leadership Conference held at The Ohio State University. Topics at the conference covered the role of the student athlete, bullying and hazing, and healthy lifestyles.

“I believe the students were able to learn that participating in athletics to develop leadership skills will have an impact on their lives as adults," Pierce said. The event brought 900 student athletes from all over Ohio.

“Students listened to high level college athletes that became leaders in the fields of engineering, business and non-profit organizations,” he said, adding that events like these can increase a young person's chances for success far beyond their athletic pursuits.

The leadership endeavors didn’t end there, however. A week later on Oct. 9, a group of students led by Kelli Kinnear, director of ministry and service, attended the Anthony Muñoz Foundation Youth Leadership Seminar, which attracted nearly 100 schools from southwest Ohio and northern Kentucky to Xavier University’s Cintas Center for a fun-filled day of leadership initiatives. The seminar included music, motivational speakers, and panel and small group discussions, concluding with a call to action known as the "Service Challenge" project.

"This event is a great way to bring our schools together for a positive initiative,” Kinnear said. Chaminade Julienne and fellow Miami Valley Catholic high school Carroll traveled to the Cincinnati seminar together. The two groups now intend to collaborate on a combined service challenge project. Winning projects are eligible for prizes worth up to $2,000.