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Queen Creek Unified School District
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An Accelerated School of Choice: Where Everyone Has Genius

Students Participate in LOL Leadership Conference

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Every school year, select students in the Queen Creek Unified School District attend the Lead Out Loud (LOL) conference, to learn more about the qualities of being a leader in both their communities and schools. These students are selected by committees, teams, and teachers from each school, who work together to recognize students who show leadership, teamwork, fellowshipping, hard work, and a positive attitude. Superintendent Dr. Perry Berry helped kick off the conference by presenting qualities of a great leader: positivity, integrity, empathy, and dependability.

The students then participated in classes focusing on communication skills, reaching out to others, and problem-solving. Grace S., a junior in the district, shared how she enjoyed meeting new people and how she can help her school. "I liked learning about how to help those in social isolation and that's a skill I want to bring back to my school," says Grace.

Along with these classes, students were involved in several service projects. This year, they helped create signs supporting their school's sports teams and assemble backpacks for the new Queen Creek Police Department.

Tara Bernier is a dean of students at Queen Creek High School and says her favorite part of the conference is seeing how the students change and feel more energized after attending. "They light up! They are energized to learn they are here because somebody sees something in them," says Bernier.

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