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Leadership and Community Service Are Keys to High School

Cindy Ramunno
Special to the DailyFrom left: Amy Strakbein, Wes Minnet, Joanne Ford and Morgan Strakbein.

Leadership and community service set examples. Leaders know right from wrong and usually make the right choices. Students who jump at a leadership opportunity or an opportunity to volunteer reap benefits that go way beyond the college resume. Determination and hard work are qualities found in all of the students who lead and volunteer.

Leaders emerge in every school and, at Eagle Valley High School, those who take charge are involved in many different areas. And it makes no difference how they became leaders. Some are born leading others while other leaders work hard to get there. Either way, students develop into productive, successful citizens by taking leadership roles. Typically, motivated and driven leaders are also involved in

community service.

Eagle Valley seniors in leadership roles are Hannah Lundholm, Callie Magdziuk, Morgan Strakbein, Amy Strakbein, Joanne Ford, David Earle and Wes Minnet. The seniors who have performed the most community service are the Strakbein girls, along with Kylan Kottenstette. These are the students organizing behind the scenes of big high school events and creating excitement for those events. They are the ones who put in countless hours for their community.

“High school goes by so much faster when you’re involved,” says Earle, who adds that building relationships is a key factor of good leadership skills. Earle is the President of the National Honor Society and the Secretary of LEO Club.

Lundholm, who is involved in leadership positions in various clubs at the school, says leading by example is just as important as the organizational aspect. Senior class president Magdziuk agrees, and adds, “It’s also important to know when to take charge and back off.”

EVHS teacher Jennifer Wright believes that productive and positive leaders are essential to create an effective high school community.

“Senior leadership is most effective when individual’s standards and morals are respected by the students and staff within the high school setting,” says Wright.

Wright says that involvement in the school at any level is a rewarding outlet for students. “When students participate in functions outside of the classroom, they feel more of an ownership to their school and community,” says Wright.

Teacher Susan Scott heads up the community-service program at the school, and the Strakbeins and Kottenstette are among the students who were recently recognized at a Town Board meeting in Gypsum. Gypsum Councilwoman Pam Schultz says, “The Town of Gypsum values and rewards community service. People who volunteer at a young age typically become highly effective citizens in their communities.”

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