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BHS Student Receives Leadership Awards

Aug 29, 2014 10:00AM ● By Pamela Johnson
     Alexander Carr, a sophomore at Bellingham High School and treasurer of the Student Council, was one of the many student leaders from across the country attending the Coalition for the Advancement of Student Activities’ Student Leadership Training Program (SLTP) at Nichols College in Dudley, during the weeks of 7/22—7/26 and 7/29—8/2.
In the first week he attended, Alexander was awarded a Peter J. Baltren Award, which included a scholarship to attend an advanced leadership course the next week. This award was based upon his contributions to his team and demonstration of leadership skills. The second week, Alexander was awarded the prestigious Touchstone Award, which included a scholarship to return to the program next summer.
     Alex, a three-sport athlete and high-honors student at BHS, said, “This program is a fantastic opportunity to grow as a leader and just to be a better person. I’ve learned a tremendous amount that I will definitely bring back to my community in the upcoming year.”
     The Student Leadership Training Program sponsors leadership conferences for adults and student leaders. They are intense five-day workshops that bring together student leaders from all over the United States. The conferences are designed to increase self-understanding and confidence, foster development of leadership skills,  improve communication skills, and define the role of student leaders. This is a “hands-on” experience as the student leaders are involved in a practical laboratory-style experience.
     The Coalition for the Advancement of Student Activities sponsors SLTP and is a non-profit organization formed by student-activity advisers to develop leadership education. The SLTP was founded in 1990, and since that time over 13,000 students have attended the program.
Stacey Hurd, a 24-year staff and board member of the program, a 13-year Bellingham resident, and a professional business consultant, shared her comments on Alexander’s leadership skills: “Alex represented his school with class this summer. He actively pursued every learning opportunity that the program offered. His ability to process the lessons is encouraging, and I am sure he will apply them this fall in his own school environment.”
     Also of note, Alexander has been selected to serve as a leadership trainer on staff beginning this month. He will represent the essential student perspective.
Congratulations to Alexander Carr.




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