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In July, two of Arlington Catholic’s students, Natalie Pagliocca ’17 and Caroline Peterson ’18 attended the 2016 New England Student Leadership Conference at Stonehill College.
Over 200 student and adult leaders from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont represented their state high school athletic/activities associations at this year’s event. Throughout the four days, the student and adult delegates participated in a variety of large and small group sessions addressing contemporary issues that impact a young person being a leader and role model. Participants in these programs are looked up to as leaders because of their position on their team or club. The impact that these young people have on the climate and culture of their schools, fellow students and community is incredible.
The curriculum for the conference focused on Teamwork and Healthy Lifestyles, Sportsmanship and Respect, and Positive Values and Perspective. Each day, the delegates also participated in a state meeting that provided opportunities to exchange ideas with other student and adult leaders while focusing on their spheres of influence to develop action plans on the team, school, community and state levels. The breakout sessions were facilitated by adult and college leaders specifically chosen for their involvement in athletics at the high school and collegiate level. In addition to group discussion, special guest speakers shared inspirational messages, stories of overcoming adversity and utilizing the power of positive influence.