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On Feb. 8, Sequim Middle School sent 12 students interested in helping to keep our school a great place to go to school to the Mid-Level Regional conference in Port Angeles. Miguel Moroles, Meghan Matthews, Kylie Condosta, Judi Villella, Katie Schade, Riesa Sumida, Becky Schroepfer, Mikey Cobb, Maddie Matthews, Kelly Anders, Daniel Harker and
Kaylee Ditlefsen each wrote a short essay on how attending a leadership conference would benefit them and how they would use what they learned to better their school.
These students were chosen based on their commitment to student leadership and the quality of their essays. They were accompanied to the conference by Assistant Principal Scott Harker and math teacher Vicki Helwick.
Sponsored by Washington Student Leadership, a program of the Washington Association of School Principals, this statewide event was hosted by Stevens Middle School. Next year’s conference will be hosted by Sequim Middle School.
The conference included students from Blue Heron Middle School, Cedar Heights Junior High, Clallam Bay Middle School, Forks Middle School, Kingston Junior High, Markistram Middle School, Mountain View Middle School, Poulsbo Middle School, Sequim Middle School and Stevens Middle School.
They shared ideas for school activities, discussed common problems faced by middle school students and brainstormed ways the student body can make things better.
The day’s activities were orchestrated by Caity Karapostoles,
Sequim Middle School activities coordinator, and Rob Ohasi, assistant principal from Elma Middle School. Many student helpers from Stevens Middle School facilitated the event and made things flow smoothly.
Mid-Level Regional conferences were held all over Washington at 13 host schools, serving more than 2,000 student delegates and advisors. The theme of this year’s conference was “Leadership Through the Ages: Make Your Mark,” and as the students and their advisors entered the gym at Stevens Middle School,
they were asked to add their handprints to the “Make Your Mark” Banner. Working in both school groups and in mixed groups, the students examined topics including restoring caring and empathy in everyday
life, team building, inclusion and George Washington’s “Rules of Civility.”
One of the benefits of attending a conference is the opportunity for students from different areas to spend time together exploring the very things that make us all the same. It was a wonderful, exhilarating and tiring day from which lots of new ideas were collected, new friends were made and old friendships were revisited. The conference was called a huge success by everyone who attended.
— Caity Karapostoles, activities coordinator
First Teacher will be closed Friday, Feb. 18, and Monday, Feb. 21. On Tuesday, Feb. 15, the WIC (Women, Infants and Children) group meets in the First Teacher room (4W). For more information about the WIC program, contact Pam Walker at 417-2275.
— Cynthia Martin, director and Chase Hill, VISTA volunteer
• The People First Club of the Life Skills class of Sequim High School is having a food drive to benefit the Sequim Food Bank from 8:30-10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, at QFC and Safeway stores in Sequim. Members of the club will be looking forward to meeting you and will gladly accept donations of all kinds. Suggestions for donated items include soups, peanut butter, tuna, cereal and dog and cat foods. Thank you in advance for your generous donations.
— Barbara Cooper and Life Skills Crew
• Get ready! Talent Show auditions are at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 17. The Talent Show is open to all current high school students, their parents and high school staff. If you would like to help with stage, lights and/or emceeing, please contact Dave Toman at the high school at 582-3600.
— Dave Toman, campus