Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Leadership Ideas Light Up Conference 44 Area Schools Participate in Student Council Swap-Fest

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Leadership Ideas Light Up Conference 44 Area Schools Participate in Student Council Swap-Fest

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What do you do with 600 high-school student-council members in one room? At the Gateway District Student Council Conference Nov. 18 at Pattonville High School, the guest speakers and hosts encouraged them to "Spread Your Roots and Lead the World" - starting first with their schools.

Students from 33 high schools and 11 middle schools throughout the St. Louis area attended the conference, which promised fun with a purpose.

"The purpose is to develop leadership skills and get ideas from other schools," said Wendy Dillon, president of Pattonville's student council.

Pattonville worked on planning the event since it was nominated as host by DeSmet Jesuit High School last year. Months of sending out printed material, weeks of confirming reservations and arranging food, speakers and staff culminated in a last-minute late-night check to make sure everything was set.

"We were here until 11 p.m. finishing up," said Christine Fitzler, Pattonville's first vice president.

The smooth operations of the day proved their efforts worthwhile. After the 600 students heard the opening speech from Barbara Babs, a helicopter paramedic, they poured out of the auditorium into the lobby. Pattonville student-council members were waiting - a dozen of them in sombreros, berets and Keystone Kop hats - lined up to direct the students to their next activity and answer the recurring question, "Where is the C Wing?"

Pattonville students weren't the only ones dressed for easy recognition. Affton students' purple shirts had the message: "Leadership - Just Do It." Windsor High school students wore foam frog hats and shirts that said, "Y don't UBU." And with their psychedelic, tie-dyed T-shirts, Wentzville High School students looked like the Deadheads, who invaded their town this summer for a concert by the Grateful Dead.

The election posters were just as creative. …

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