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NIC-10 Red Ribbon Leadership Conference


I had the opportunity to attend the NIC-10 Red Ribbon Leadership Conference last week after being nominated by my soccer coach.  Events like this give me a chance to learn leadership skills that I can use on the soccer field as well as in my other endeavors.  I found the leadership conference a wonderful opportunity to meet fellow athletes in a setting away from the stadium.  We developed camaraderie through team building exercises. Speaker Craig Hillier of Winning Edge Seminars (http://craighillier.com) discussed ways to build team unity, implement conflict resolution, and how to mentor teammates as they deal with difficult situations. [...]

NIC-10 Red Ribbon Leadership Conference2018-09-17T15:59:12+00:00

Step up, future leaders!


I had the opportunity to write and record a piece for WNIJ (the local NPR affiliate) and their Perspectives program.  I spoke about the importance of youth engagement.  Give it a listen. Here is the text: In today's world, the ongoing discord in “grown-up” national politics is becoming more pronounced, with an ever-shrinking middle ground and fewer common goals. A fresh point of view can alter the playing field and provide positive change. This is a call to action for all young people to get involved in any capacity. Winnebago County Chairman Frank Haney, Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara and [...]

Step up, future leaders!2018-09-04T13:44:18+00:00

Auburn Youth Court


This past school year I was selected to be on the Auburn High School Youth Court.  Youth Court is a proven community vehicle for keeping students out of the formal judicial system for lapses in judgement on school grounds.  See the article in the RRStar about my experience with Youth Court. http://rrstar.com/news/20180511/winnebago-county-crime-commission-releases-youth-violence-report

Auburn Youth Court2018-09-14T12:49:30+00:00

The Past and the Future


It has been a while.  This last school year was my roughest yet, and I had to turn my focus to my classes.  My attention could not be towards anything else.  During the first week of the summer I was still studying, however, that was only for a couple of SAT Subject Tests. Now my summer is truly beginning.  All of that is done now and I am ready to get back into my writing. First off, I would like to give a shout out to my professor from the University of Chicago and a dear friend of mine, Dr. Michael [...]

The Past and the Future2018-09-04T13:36:07+00:00

Freshman year…


As my first year in high school comes to a close, I have been thinking a lot about the many wonderful experiences I enjoyed. In particular, I ponder about which was the most influential experience. I made the varsity soccer team as a freshman. I played scholastic bowl with state championship players. I marched in football game halftime shows as a member of the marching band. I started a pep squad for the band members. However, without a doubt, it has to be my time in Model UN and the conference at the University of Chicago, MUNUC. Attending the conference and [...]

Freshman year…2018-09-04T13:20:48+00:00