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The Reflection

Three Gull Lake Sophomores attend eye-opening leadership conferences

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The MYLead Youth Leadership was created to transform the lives of Michigan youth. Photo by Autumn Cain.

The MYLead Youth Leadership was created to transform the lives of Michigan youth. Photo by Autumn Cain.

Julia Dawson, Jeremiah Smith and Autumn Cain are three sophomores at Gull Lake High School who were chosen to attend the MYLead Youth Leadership Conference or the HOBY Leadership seminar. Dawson and Smith attended the HOBY (Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership) at the Northwood University Campus on May 20 to May 22, and Cain attended the MYLead conference at the Michigan State University campus the same weekend. All three students said that they had an amazing time and cherished the opportunity they were given.

Autumn Cain was informed about the MYLead conference from her counselor Jodee Stanton.

Cain was invited to attend an informational meeting about the conference during the first trimester and was given an application.

“In one sentence, the MyLead Youth Leadership Conference is a roller coaster of emotions,” Cain said. “One would usually associate a leadership conference with boring and tedious lectures about how to rule and dictate a group, but this conference was the complete opposite. It focused on getting all of the attendants out of their comfort zones and become friends with hundreds of people in a matter of days, even hours. The overarching goal of the conference was to make everyone realize what type of leader each individual person is, and make them more comfortable, confident, and happy in their own skin even when faced with a difficult decision.”

Logo for the MYLead Michigan Youth Leadership, a conference for Michigan high school student to become better leaders. Photo courtesy of mylead.org

Logo for the MYLead Michigan Youth Leadership, a conference for Michigan high school student to become better leaders. Photo courtesy of mylead.org

At the conference, Cain experienced a lot in the short three days including workshops, speakers, interviews, cheers and more. Cain said she was incredibly thankful for her experience and used the word “surprising” to describe it. From the conference she took the quote “life begins at the edge of comfort,” which she will carry on in her future experiences. Autumn Cain plans on attending the MYLead Youth Leadership Conference again next year as an alumni, being a part of the MYLead Achievement Program.

Julia Dawson and Jeremiah Smith were given the chance to be guests at the HOBY Leadership conference and were also informed by their counselor Stanton. They both attended an informational meeting and were told of experiences from Gull Lake junior and HOBY Alumni, Emma Way. Essays were required for those who wanted to attend, and Dawson’s and Smith’s essays were deemed the best for the positions to represent Gull Lake High School at HOBY. The acronym stands for Hugh O’Brian

The logo for the Hugh O'Brian Youth conference. Their motto is Empower, Lead, Excel. Photo courtesy of hoby.org.

The logo for the Hugh O’Brian Youth conference. Their motto is Empower, Lead, Excel. Photo courtesy of hoby.org.

Youth and was started by the old movie star, Hugh O’Brian, to help develop young leaders since 1958.

Dawson and Smith characterized their experience at the HOBY Conference as “inspiring,” “eye-opening” and “worth it.” They described they’re busy weekend that included meetings, activities, speakers and team building exercises all to benefit them into becoming better leaders and contributing in their community. Also, both of them said one of their favorite experiences from the weekend was a service project they did where they packed over 6,000 meals for children in need through Kids Against Hunger.

Julia Dawson said that the most powerful message she got from the HOBY conference was from a speaker named Jim Truman, a National youth speaker who has appeared on Oprah and Letterman.

All the students that attended the 2016 MYLead Youth Leadership conference at Michigan State University, including Gull Lake sophomore Autumn Cain. Photo courtesy of Autumn Cain.

All the students that attended the 2016 MYLead Youth Leadership conference at Michigan State University, including Gull Lake sophomore Autumn Cain. Photo courtesy of Autumn Cain.

The seminar definitely gave me a different outlook on life in general and to be active in the community and to just lead others towards a positive light.” sophomore Julia Dawson said.

“I’ll be stepping outside my comfort zone a little more than usual from now on. I’ll partake in more community building activities, such as service or partaking more.” sophomore Jeremiah Smith said.

All three sophomores said they are thankful for ability they were given to attend these life-changing leadership conferences.

“I went into the conference in all honesty thinking that I would get basic knowledge on leading people and that the conference would be a resume builder, but since I had an open mind nonetheless, the conference was revolutionary,” Cain said.


Sierra Veenkant
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I'm Sierra Veenkant, I am in 11th grade and this is my first year on the newspaper staff. I am a competitive dancer and dedicate a lot of my time to that. I write the beat reports on the Enviornmental Club for the newspaper and enjoy writing other articles relating to the arts.

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