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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Local students attend leadership conference

  • While they had no school Saturday, several local middle school students took time out to learn about leadership.
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  • While they had no school Saturday, several local middle school students took time out to learn about leadership.
    The students are attending the annual Leavenworth Area Youth Leadership Conference, a program of the Leavenworth Rotary Club.
    The conference, which is being held over the course of two Saturdays, began last weekend. It will wrap up Saturday at the Leavenworth school district's administrative office, according to Mark Gerges, chairman of this year's conference.
    During the first day of the conference, the middle school students received a presentation about civic duty and voting from County Clerk Janet Klasinski.
    There were other presentations about leadership. And the students were treated to a four-course meal while learning about dining etiquette. The students also learned about other types of etiquette.
    Gerges said the Leavenworth Rotary Club has been sponsoring the annual conference for about 16 years.
    He said a majority of the instructors for the program are Rotarians.
    "Many of them work at the (Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth)," he said.
    Eighteen students are enrolled in this year's conference. The students, who are in grades five through eight, were nominated by the principals and counselors of area middle schools.
    This weekend, there will be a presentation about respect.
    "We're also going to talk about leadership through volunteering," Gerges said.
    Students also are scheduled to meet with a member of the Lansing City Council and other local officials.
    Gerges said students who go through the program receive plaques. The plaques are sent to the students' principals so the plaques can be presented at the students' schools.
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