July 25, 2012 — Trio students from across the nation took part in a unique leadership development program held in Washington, D.C.
Alina Shkraba, of Montgomery County High School, and Skyler Cantrell, of Menifee County High School, were among those who attended the national conference with the help of Morehead State University’s Trio programs.
MSU Talent Search counselors nominated students from their schools for the conference. Applicants had to be a rising juniors or seniors and be active participants in the Talent Search program.
The National Student Leadership Congress combined elements from model student leadership training activities and policy seminars. It also helps young participants to take an introspective and highly personalized assessment of their leadership skills and abilities.
Throughout the program, students build a working “toolkit” of strategies to help them successfully dream, create, and implement plans that will change how they view their role as leaders in their communities.
Lisa Keeton, Talent Search counseling coordinator, nominated Cantrell while Annette Wilder, Talent Search coordinator, nominated Shkraba for the conference.
MSU’s Talent Search programs picked up the expenses for Cantrell and Shkraba. The students flew from Lexington to Washington, D.C., for the six-day residential experience designed to introduce students to the elements of effective leadership.
While in Washington, they attended workshops on decision making, problem solving, national service, leadership styles, the political process and coalitions building. Students also attended meetings with policy makers, educational leaders and met with Kentucky’s congressmen. Historical and culture venues were a part of the whole experience.
Information about the Talent Search programs can be obtained by calling 783-5186 or visit its website at www2.moreheadstate.edu/ets.