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Freshmen learn what it takes to be a leader

September 21, 2016

To welcome the Freshmen back to school, StuGo held a Leadership Conference in the theatre Wednesday during activity period.

Instead of holding a student government election, the freshmen were educated about leadership. Among other things, they were told that being a leader is not easy but an achievable goal for everyone.

“We thought that [having the conference] was important before we ask guys to become leaders,” Director of Student Activities Michael Russo said, “we wanted to give them a little bit of context to let them know that they can succeed.”

The Freshmen Class President elections will be held Oct. 5.

The hope is for the Freshmen to become leaders in the future. Russo took an idea from Varsity head football coach, Robert Steeples, asking the freshmen to raise their hands. He then told them to raise their hands higher, and then he asked why they didn’t do so the first time. The idea behind it is that people put limits on themselves. He wanted to show the freshmen that they can reach higher than they think and achieve greatness.

“It definitely laid out what I need to do to be a good leader at De Smet,” freshman Bob Gillespie said.

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