Leadership Southwestern students presented their Heart of Leadership award to the Haysville Student Council on Friday, Jan. 13. The award includes $500, and is the highest group honor presented by the Southwestern College group.
“The Heart of Leadership award is an excellent way to recognize servant leadership taking place at the high school level,” says Lindsay Wilke, assistant director for Leadership Southwestern. “We were excited to meet the Haysville-Campus High School students and discuss the impact this award will have in their school and community.”
In 2010, the Campus High School Student Council saw an increase in the number of students who needed community service hours for National Honor Society, Student Council, and the school's Community Service Seminar. There was no organized method of identifying community service options. Several Student Council members brought forth the idea of creating a community service week to provide students with opportunities to meet their requirements. A committee was formed, and the Annual Community Service Week (ACSW) was created.
Students decided to work in conjunction with the Haysville Activity Center and Haysville City Hall to build a concessions stand at the Junior League football fields in Haysville. The project included all aspects of constructing the building. In 2010, 49 students and staff members donated a total of 281 hours from March 29-April 9.
With the success of the 2010 project, the Haysville Student Council again elected to work with the Haysville Activity Center and the Haysville City Council in 2011. The 2011 projects included installing a disc golf course at one of the city parks, working on the remodeling project at the city hall building, and working on bleacher painting and reassembly project for the Haysville Heat baseball organization. Sixty-six students and staff spent a combined 296 hours from March 28-April 2 working on the three projects.
When applying for the 2012 Heart of Leadership award, the student council noted some projects that they would like to work on including a Rake and Run where volunteers help older citizens with spring yard preparations. Another idea includes adding character to the hallways at Campus High School.
Leadership Southwestern students that presented the award were Dylan Moore, Elizabeth Macy, Hannah Podschun, Erin Buster, Kaley Rodriguez, Jessie Riggs, and Caitlin McCurdy.