Gibbons educators and student leaders plus more than 100 younger students equals the third annual Middle School Leadership Conference.
Participants in this year's conference, held at Gibbons on March 23, came from area middle schools. During the event, which ran from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., the eighth graders attended a welcome and opening activity as well as several information and learning sessions, each led by Gibbons student leaders. The sessions focused on such topics as leadership, trust, learning from failure, and public speaking.
Science educators and alumnae Lauren Gentile '04 and Gabi Burn '08 spent the last year helping Gibbons students plan the event. The intent of the conference is to spark the growth of leadership from a younger age and instill skills that conference participants can share in their school community when they return.
Joseph Gehrig, an eighth-grader at St. Thomas More School in Chapel Hill, said that by attending the conference he learned some valuable lessons. Among them are that "everyone has qualities to be a leader," he said, "and throughout your life, you will meet failure, but what makes you great is that you work through them."
He said he hopes to attend Gibbons next year, joining his sister, Lauren '19, and putting what he learned at the conference to use.