Students attend fall leadership conference

Students from Northwest Passage High School (NWPHS), Coon Rapids, attended the annual MAAP STARS fall leadership conference at Camp Ripley near Little Falls Nov. 1 and 2.

Students Alyssa Shovein, Hannah Bavery, Anthony Collins, Kelli Foster and Alyssa Berg went to the conference along with adviser Ryan Haasch.

Over 150 alternative education students and staff from around the state were at the conference.

The students had the opportunity to hear from nationally renowned keynote speaker Derek Greenfield and participate in break-out sessions that focused on leadership and team building.

They also learned more about the MAAP STARS organization and other events planned for this school year.

“It was a lot of fun,” said Shovein. “It helped me to feel more comfortable in front of a lot of people.”

MAAP STARS is the Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs’ youth organization. STARS stands for Success, Teamwork, Achievement, Recognition and Self-esteem.

The youth organization sponsors several activities throughout the school year, culminating in a spring conference where students compete in various events such as public speaking, decision-making, career portfolio and artistic performance.

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