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Student Leadership Presentation at 2012 State School Board Conference

November 23, 2012

Waverly high school seniors presented information about student leadership during the Nebraska State Education Conference hosted by the Nebraska Association of School Boards on November 15, 2012. Seniors who are part of the leadership team at WHS joined their principal, Mr. Ryan Ricenbaw, and assistant principal, Mr. Brian Daniell to give a presentation to an estimated 100 school board members and school superintendents during a "break-out" session at the two-day state conference. 

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50af91540ae29WHS students share information with audience
WHS students share information with audience

After an overview provided by the principals, the students talked about how they are given opportunities to demonstrate leadership to establish a positive school environment. They explained how student leaders are identified, receive training, engage in regular, ongoing conversations, develop action plans and assess the effectiveness of their actions. The student leaders work collaboratively with high school staff to establish a positive culture, and how students are working to hold their peers accountable to meet those expectations. The students gave recognition to their classmates, many of whom are displaying leadership through various organizations, such as Student Council, FFA, FBLA and fine arts, as well as athletics. The students talked about how these leadership opportunities have caused them to think about how they can improve the school in ways that were not visible several years ago. 


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50af91540ae29WHS Principal Ryan Ricenbaw talks during NASB State Conference
WHS Principal Ryan Ricenbaw talks during NASB State Conference

The students talked about "leaving a legacy" at WHS, and how they have partnered with the adults at the school to help freshman learn the "Waverly Way" so an environment is established that will continue to shape positive actions by students and staff, even after the seniors have graduated. During the hour-long session, students fielded numerous questions from school board members that represented schools from around the state. Several audience members were excited to hear more about Waverly High School and asked about the possibility of having students and staff from their school district visit WHS to learn more details about how this type of leadership development could be implemented in their schools.

WHS Student Leaders Present at NASB 2012 Conference

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