On Monday, May 16th at Hyde School in Woodstock, 100 middle and high school students from northeastern Connecticut joined the students and faculty at Hyde for Connecticut Youth Leadership Day. State Representative Mike Alberts kicked off the day with poignant opening remarks, challenging the students to:
- “do the right thing,”
- “Stand by your convictions,”
- “pay it forward”
- “surround yourself with positive people and positive role models.”
After the opening remarks, students from Hyde School in Woodstock, Hyde School in Maine, The Rectory School, Marianapolis Prep, Woodstock Academy, Woodstock Middle School, Putnam High School, Killingly High School, Tourtellotte Memorial and Griswold High School blended together in groups to connect and learn. Each group attended workshops taught by local community and business leaders, including WINY’s Gary “O” Osbrey, Sawmill Pottery Owner/Operator Dot Burnworth and Assistant Attorney General Kirsten Paquette Rigney along with many others.
The students learned about “Mindful Leadership,” ”Ethical Choices of Every Day Leadership,” Humble Leadership,” “Difficult Conversations” and “Creating Team,” among other workshops. After the workshops, students from every school addressed a packed theater, speaking proudly about what they had learned. Summing up the spirit of the day, Hyde’s Head of School Bob Felt remarked:
“Today is all about the students. It’s about the acknowledgement that being a leader is cool and that the students have the power to influence their communities in a positive way. There are so many schools here in the Quiet Corner doing so many great things. It was our goal to bring everyone together, to learn from each other and most importantly, inspire the students to lead us all.”
Hyde School plans to host this event every year and grow the number of schools and students in attendance. Interested schools, organizations or individuals can contact Hyde Director of External Engagement, Jason Warnick at firstname.lastname@example.org.