September Junior Leadership Program

September Junior Leadership Program

Junior Leadership Program with Mrs. Gladys Dutrieuille  Mr. Frank Gantz

In our September Junior Leadership program, all grade 7 and 8 students had the opportunity to hear two of our local leaders who took time from their busy days to come and speak to our Jr. High School students.  Our kickoff speaker was Franklin Gantz, a lifetime local educational leader who served his community as a teacher and principal for 35 years.  He spoke about his life and was honest about his successes as well as his challenges.  Mr. Gantz stressed the value of real listening, being fully present, and illustrated through games, using students as participants, the difference between real listening and faking it.  He gave an example of what happened to him in real life when he was not paying attention and how it changed his life forever.  He also stressed the critical importance of staying in school, and how growing in education can change lives.

 

Mrs. Gladys Dutrieuille is the current PA Chair of the Public Utility Commission who also came to Steel-High Jr. High School to speak to students about the vocational opportunities available in the utilities field.  We learned there is a great need for skilled workers in this field.  She also spoke about opportunities in the legal field which was an interest of our students.  She answered scenario and general questions from our students about her knowledge as a lawyer.  She told them about her personal journey to her current prestigious position in our local government as chair of the public utilities commission and spoke about what she believes will propel people into increasing positions of responsibility.  EDUCATION!  RESPECT!  These are some of the keys to success, she said.  

 

We thank all participants of the Junior Leadership Program for sharing their stories and their wisdom with us!