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Youth Leadership Summit

posted Apr 21, 2016, 9:21 AM by Megan Martin   [ updated Apr 21, 2016, 9:29 AM ]

On April 11th, TJ Demery, Charlie Holmes, and Maddison Smith attended Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler’s First Youth Leadership Summit at WSU Vancouver..  Over one hundred high school students from all over Southwest Washington attended.


The students attending the summit were identified by school faculty as having strong leadership potential.  The goal of the event was to help them maximize that potential by introducing them to leaders from all walks of life – business, sports, non-profits, law enforcement, medicine -- and giving students the chance to hear their wisdom and inspiring stories. Our guest speakers were Ernie Kent, Head Coach of WSU Men's Basketball; Mason Walker, President of Audigy Group; and Kristi Kingma, former UW Women's Basketball star.  The speakers shared stories about their own paths to success, and left the students with words of advice.

Students also participated in Q&A sessions with two panels made up of local leaders. The “Life After High School” panel featured Steve Valenta of The Mighty Bowl food trucks, Sgt. Alex Schoening of the Clark County Sheriff's Office, Melia Stewart of Clark College, Max Ault of the CREDC, and Sean McClain of AbSci. 

The “Impacting Global Community” panel included Lisa Scott Gilliam of Shared Hope International, Bola Majekobaje of WSU Vancouver, Dr. Jonathan Purnell of the Bob and Charlee More Institute for Nutrition and Wellness, and Sam and Sharnessa Sanden from the ONE Campaign.