CENTRAL SQUARE – Dozens of Central New York middle and high school students left the recent Student Leadership Conference inspired by adventure and memories.
Those characteristics were woven throughout the ice-breaker activities, guest speeches and workshop sessions of the “Camp Lead-It” conference theme.
Raegan Parrotta, co-facilitator of the Central Square Central School District Task Force, which hosted the conference, likened leadership to camping: they both teach perseverance, call for someone to take charge and embrace entertainment.
Students from the Oswego County schools of: Central Square, Fulton City, Hannibal Central and Altmar-Parish-Williamstown joined fellow conference attendees from nearby counties in shouting the New York State Council on Leadership and Student Activities District 10 cheer.
Keynote speaker Sebastian Notaro encouraged the growing leaders to become more involved in their school and community, as he learned a lot of his leadership skills when he attended Paul V. Moore High School.
Now a successful certified public accountant, Notaro also noted motivation he received as a NYS CLSA District 10 representative.
Co-adviser Debbie O’Mara said the simple message she hoped students brought back to their home districts was that hard work is worth the effort.
That was proven, she said, with all of the work that her PVM students put forth for the conference.
While their workshops included sessions on teamwork, public speaking, overcoming obstacles and the importance of laughter, the conference’s Idea Share was where attendees worked together to gain leadership knowledge to bring back to each other’s school.
“It gets you in the mindset of helping people at an early age,” said Ciera Gavin, a PVM student.
PVM sophomore Anna Merer, a NYS CLSA District 10 representative, said conference attendees now have an opportunity to implement leadership skills at their school and in their community.