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Local student attends leadership seminar

By: Nick Mordowanec | C&G Newspapers | Published June 7, 2017

 Kyle Zabel

Kyle Zabel

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — For the 11th year, Clintondale High School had a participant in the annual Michigan Youth Leadership Conference.

Sophomore Kyle Zabel represented the school at the three-day seminar, which took place during the weekend of May 19 at Michigan State University. More than 300 sophomores represented schools from around the state.

“It’s an honor to be chosen out of all Clintondale High School sophomores to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Zabel said prior to the seminar. “I’m excited to attend the conference on MSU’s campus, learn how to become a better leader and share ideas with other students.”

The program emphasizes self-confidence, critical thinking and creative problem solving, as well as the importance of giving back to the community. It allows students to examine different leadership styles, how to set goals, how to speak in public, and how to motivate others.

Students also had the opportunity to interact with community, business and civic leaders from around Michigan.

Zabel was able to participate due to a grant obtained by Clintondale history and social studies teacher Michael Ward. As the program continues to develop young leaders, Ward said in a statement, it will encourage more students in the Clintondale district to participate in the future.

“The students who attend are always excited to share what they’ve learned from the community and business leaders and fellow students at the conference,” Ward said. “Kyle already demonstrates exemplary leadership skills at Clintondale High School.”

Clintondale Community Schools Superintendent Greg Green agreed, saying in a press release that the experience helps peers and the community as a whole.

“This program demonstrates our ongoing commitment to developing the young leaders of tomorrow as they prepare for college, careers and bright futures,” Green said.