Student leaders from Garrett County and Allegany County gathered for the first Western Maryland Youth Leadership Summit held on March 11, 2015 at Hickory Environmental Education Center (HEEC). The daylong event featured a Planetarium show presented by Mr. Jason Shank, Assistant Principal at HEEC, three student designed and led workshop sessions, Safe Driving presented by Deputy Parks and Corporal Ruby, Icebreaker activities and Lessons from Disney presented by Ms. Harman, GCASC Advisor.
The Planetarium show included an examination of the current night skies in Garrett County as well as a comparison to more urban areas in which residents see far less of the night sky due to light pollution. Mr. Shank also shared prevalent constellations, information about each planet, and a short video about the galaxy. The workshops presented included Communications and Presentation, Public Speaking, and Successful Fundraising. Each workshop session lasted approximately an hour. Some of these same workshops will be presented at the state level on March 25-27 at Maryland Association of Student Council's Annual State-wide Conference held in Hunt Valley this year. During the Safe Driving presentation, students heard about various ways that drivers can become distracted as well as county statistics related to driving accidents. Participants had the opportunity to wear simulation goggles that showed students what impaired drivers actually see and feel while being asked to perform routine sobriety tasks. Time was also given for questions and answers for Parks and Ruby. The Lessons in Disney featured short clips of Disney films and related leadership lessons which might be indicated in the clips or movie represented. The day ended with an evaluation and 4:00 p.m. departure.
Support for the event was provided by GCASC, HEEC and the GCPS as well as ACASC. For information regarding this and other opportunities please contact Michelle Harman at email@example.com or 301-334-8911.
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