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APW Continues Tradition of Honoring and Promoting Student Leadership

Captains for the fall sports seasons were invited to a leadership brunch at the APW District Office where the role of team leader and the responsibilities associated with that role both on and off the sports fields were examined. Pictured are, front row, left to right: Megan Phillips (soccer), Mallory Scriber (cheerleading), Chelsea Cooper (cross country), Abby Waldron (soccer) and Maggie Allardice (cross country). Middle row, left to right: APW Athletic Director Bert Conklin, LJ Phoenix (football), Skylar Wheeler (football), Eric Kranz (football), Zachery Mosher (cross country), and APW High School Principal Jamie Coppola. Back row, left to right: Greg Hale (cross country), Zach Plantz (football), Greg Palmer (football), and Tom Novak (football).
Captains for the fall sports seasons were invited to a leadership brunch at the APW District Office where the role of team leader and the responsibilities associated with that role both on and off the sports fields were examined. Pictured are, front row, left to right: Megan Phillips (soccer), Mallory Scriber (cheerleading), Chelsea Cooper (cross country), Abby Waldron (soccer) and Maggie Allardice (cross country). Middle row, left to right: APW Athletic Director Bert Conklin, LJ Phoenix (football), Skylar Wheeler (football), Eric Kranz (football), Zachery Mosher (cross country), and APW High School Principal Jamie Coppola. Back row, left to right: Greg Hale (cross country), Zach Plantz (football), Greg Palmer (football), and Tom Novak (football).

The Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Central School District continued the tradition of honoring varsity team captains and refining each captain’s leadership skills at seasonal brunches. The brunch concept was introduced last year by APW Athletic Director Bert Conklin as a way for team captains to collectively examine, develop and strengthen their leadership skills both on and off the sports field.

Team captains from the football, soccer, cheerleading and cross country fall sports teams were represented at the recent brunch and participated in a self-assessment exercise where they were asked to reflect upon their individual strengths and weaknesses as well as define their roles and responsibilities. Conklin stressed the importance of individual leadership attributes and said that each captain brings a different strength to team.

The leadership exercise also focused on the importance of leading by example, leaving a legacy for future team captains, enforcing standards of exceptional moral character, and also sustaining team morale. In addition, a motivational leadership DVD encouraged the captains to be a leader that is part of a solution not part of a problem.

Following a breakfast prepared by the APW Food Service Department, Conklin presented each student with a leadership certificate as acknowledgment of their participating in the brunch and their commitment to their team and their school as a team captain and a leader.

Future Captains’ Brunches will be held at the start of each season’s sports schedules throughout the school year. For more information about the brunches or other aspects of athletics in the APW District, contact Bert Conklin at the APW High School.