Marian Central's First Leadership Conference a Success
On Dec. 4, members of Marian Centrals National Honor Society welcomed 60 junior high students to their school for a leadership development workshop planned entirely by the chapter.
The invited students were in sixth to eighth grade at McHenry County Catholic elementary schools. Students from St. John the Baptist, St. Joseph, St. Margaret Mary, St. Mary, Montini, Ss. Peter and Paul and St. Thomas attended the conference.
The name of the workshop was "RISE UP," an acronym for "Recognizing and Inspiring Students Excellence and Undiscovered Potential." The idea for the conference was born after National Honor Society officers met with the junior high principals and told them about their experience attending a LEAD Conference in Chicago in February.
The principals expressed an interest in National Honor Society planning a similar event for their students. National Honor Society members were excited to adapt what they had learned about being leaders and share that information with a younger audience.
Modeled after the LEAD Conference, RISE UP consisted of seven main sessions, each dealing with a specific characteristic of leadership identified by National Honor Society members. The titles of these sessions included: "Students to Scholars," "Trust Me, You Can Do It," "Character Counts," and "Service With a Smile."
These four sessions covered the four main principles of National Honor Society: scholarship, leadership, character and service, respectively. There were also sessions about goal setting and the "Seven Habits of Effective Teenagers." Humorous skits dealing with topics such as getting involved with extracurricular activities, keeping up grades and Internet safety completed the days sessions. …