Marion students participate in SLS Leadership Conference

November 9, 2017

By John Raffel

Stacy Shaw, Marion schools Students Lead Students chapter advisor, said 13 students, grades 6 to 11, plus two parent chaperones, one advisor and one junior advisor attended the 32nd annual SLS High School Leadership State Conference on Saturday at The Outdoor Adventure Center in Detroit.

Shaw said the seven-hour conference was hosted by SLS of Waterford. Keynote speakers included Gail Ford from the University of Wisconsin on “Teaching Others to Develop Real Success,” and Mario McLean, MBA Student at Northwood University on “Every Day is An Interview.”

“Students toured the Outdoor Adventure Center, listened to speakers, networked, mingled, made new acquaintances, and brainstormed new project ideas,” Shaw said. “Last year our chapter and students won awards at this conference. This year I was surprised that they had nominated me for SLS Advisor of the Year.  I was touched, humbled, and honored to receive this recognition from all of them and such an amazing organization.”

Shaw said the funding comes from sources like Citizens Insurance Grant for $300.

“We have two local grants pending approval,” she said. “SLS does many fundraisers, including Culver’s Benefit Night coming up on Dec. 11, throughout the school year, to support student participation in this conference, student leadership training, projects, and materials, as well as raising funds for donations to prevention/awareness organizations and campaigns.

“Last year we participated in the Tech Talk Contest where students create and message for some sort of PSA or document where they use technology to spread their message. Marion SLS won four monetary prizes last year totaling $930 that helped advance our project goals and support student attendance at conference. Our projects focused on distracted driving and teen tobacco use, which Marion SLS determined to be high priority issues to address with their peers.”

The contest is open again this year and Marion SLS plans to participate, Shaw said.

“There four categories of this competition with photography, graphic design, videography and mobile games,” she said. “Topics must involve any of the following: Physical Health and Safety, Relationship Skills, and/or Mental Health. Marion SLS also participates and hosts projects/events for the local community each year.

“Coming up on Dec. 9 is our annual Santa Breakfast. Families can attend and enjoy a pancake and sausage breakfast, take a photo with Santa, play games, do crafts/activities, and write a letter to Santa. SLS members host this event in the MHS cafeteria.”

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