SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. — Seven students from the River Valley High School Beta program travelled south to Sevierville Tennessee last month for the Beta Student Leadership Summit.
Students who went learned leadership skills to bring back to their school and make a difference in their community.
“We learned teamwork and communications skills, which is really helpful,” said Sharla Moody, vice president of RVHS Beta.
Students were given hypothetical scenarios to work through as a team to develop problem solving skills.
“One thing we did was called rapid response where our team was given a challenge and we had to meet that challenge in a certain amount of time,” said Ethan Browning. “One example was building the tallest tower. The judges were looking at different communication, creativity, and how we collaborated with each other.”
Part of the activities students were given to do was learning to communicate effectively with total strangers towards a goal. Students would be grouped up according to who they did not know, and were given challenges to work through together.
“It’s important to be able to listen and hear other peoples’ opinion before you act,” said Moody. “I think that’s a problem that a lot of people have today.”
Collaboration was a major emphasis throughout the summit. According to Amy Stanley, advisor for Beta, the program had a lot of emphasis on its core tenants.
“They have been really focusing on the four C’s for leadership: collaboration, creativity, communication, and critical thinking. Those are the things that they want the leadership to work on.” stated Stanley.
While there for the Summit, Ian Eblin was selected to be a Leadership Representative from the Pigeon Forge Summit to the National Conference.
Part of the selection process included writing an essay beforehand and going through exercises with strangers at the summit to develop and display collaboration and leadership skills.
“My favorite part was that you couldn’t sit with anyone you knew,” said Eblin. “The very first thing you’d do when they start was move you around to someone you don’t know. They would teach you how to make conversation with people, one on one.”
Present for the summit were Beta President Kaylee Schultz, Ian Eblin, Ethan Browning, Britni Hash, Katie Sloan, Vice President Sharla Moody, Robbie Schuhl, and advisor Amy Stanley.
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