OSWEGO, NY – Oswego Middle School eighth graders Tara Stacy had a wonderful experience as she participated in the National Young Leaders State Conference.
Teacher Joan DeCosa nominated the young lady for this honor. DeCosa said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Tara has all the attributes of becoming a good leader. I nominated her to this leadership conference because I knew that she would benefit from learning the Ã¢â‚¬Ëœhow toÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ on what makes a good leader.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Continuing the teacher said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“We expect our leaders to know how to build a strong community, identify and articulate problems, and find workable answers to fix these. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m glad that Tara had the opportunity to learn and be trained as a leader.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Tara was excited over the opportunity and noted, Ã¢â‚¬Å“We learned a lot about leadership and how to be good leader. The conference taught us how to be responsible and what we should do in conflicts. We also worked in groups and worked together.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Tara is an active Oswego Middle School student as currently she is a member of the soccer team and is also involved in Spanish Club and Art Club. The eighth grader is also in the OMS Orchestra, OMS Chorus and Select Singers.Ã‚Â She was part of the OMS Top 50 as a seventh grader.
Throughout the four-day program at the Double Tree Hotel in Syracuse the scholars built a working Ã¢â‚¬Å“toolkitÃ¢â‚¬Â of strategies to help them successfully dream, create and implement plans that will change how they view their role as leaders.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The steps each person takes in discovering his or her own leadership strengths can be a very personal process,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Marguerite Regan, Dean of Academic Affairs for the Congressional Youth Leadership Council.
Continuing she noted, Ã¢â‚¬Å“The National Young Leaders State Conference helps students get at the heart of their innate talents and skills and helps them identify how best they can serve within their communities.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The curriculum of this conference focuses on an introspective and highly-personalized assessment of each studentÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s leadership skills and abilities.
The scholars were challenged to step forward in a manner that is decisive and confident, to grasp the concepts of leadership that will be taught and to act upon their drams of making a difference in the world while maintaining the courage of their convictions.
Tara gained quite a bit from the opportunity to attend and participate in this valuable conference.
She looks forward in her role as moving todayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s youth forward.
Tara is the daughter of Ed and Terri Stacy of Oswego.