Ten Leadership Southwestern students competed in the Leadership Challenge event March 7-8 at Washburn University. Three awards were presented to the top performing teams, and Southwestern secured two of the awards.
According to Lindsay Wilke, associate director for Leadership Southwestern, this is a competition hosted at Washburn in which teams of students participate in a Leadership simulation and are judged by a variety of persons (business executives, faculty, and community leaders) on their performance as individuals and as a group. A total of eight college teams were at the competition from the following schools: Fort Hays State University, Missouri Southern State University, Tabor College, Kansas State University, Metropolitation Community College, and Southwestern.
Southwestern College earned the Team Communication award and the Team Collaboration award. This marks the second time that Leadership Southwestern has taken teams to this event and both times SC teams have won an award.
“The students’ performance at the challenge event is a testament to the strength of the Leadership program at Southwestern and the caliber of the students participating in the program,” Wilke says. “Students in the Leadership program spend a great deal of time developing their personal strengths and weaknesses and learning to utilize these effectively in a team setting. The awards from Washburn prove that the students are making great strides in leadership development work and can stand up against competition from recognized universities and colleges across the state. I could not be more proud of their efforts.”
The participating Southwestern students were: Taylor Fogle and Katy Hamilton, Bartlesville, Okla.; Dalton Carver, Ozawkie; Carlos Cruz, Crowley, Texas; Sara Peck, Wellington; Tavinia Tucker, San Antonio, Texas; Stevie Heidzig, Rogersville, Mo.; Lauren Strain, Pryor, Okla.; Kelcey Gabriel, Lincoln, Neb.; and Michael Bond, Wichita.
“I think that Southwestern Leadership did so well because we really know each other as individuals and we are like a little family,” says student Sara Peck. “We truly build off others’ ideas, and we are not afraid to step in when things get out of hand. I think we did a great job at realizing each individual’s strengths and weaknesses and in turn using them to our advantage when it came to the challenge event. The two-day event was a great experience and brought us closer as a team.”