MCHS Interact Club Attend 2017 Students in Action Fall Leadership Conference

MCHS Interact Club Attend 2017 Students in Action Fall Leadership Conference
Posted on 10/24/2017

The MCHS Interact Club was selected to attend the “Students in Action 2017 Fall Leadership Conference” at the Lee Foundation Library, Florence on October 12, 2017, Thursday.  Students in Action Leadership Conference provides South Carolina high school students with the opportunity to gain valuable life skills, meet new people, and learn to be leaders inside their school and the community. The Leadership Workshops include the following topics: “What’s Our Service” led by Howard Nettles of Genesis Health Care; “How Will We Tell Our Story led by Emma Ashmawi of WPDE ABC 15 News; and “How Will We Create Impact?” led by Dr Sarah Kershner of Francis Marion University.

The highlight of the conference was the “Shark Tank”-style activity where the twelve MCHS Interact Club members selected to represent the MCHS Interact Club had the chance to perfect their “pitch” in front of a panel of business executives. The MCHS Interact club was one of the four clubs that was selected to participate in this activity from out of the eleven participating schools in the conference in the Pee Dee Area. The presentation of the Interact Club members was an AWESOME opportunity for our students to hone their public speaking skills and gain exposure in front of a group of community leaders.  The sharks include the following: Jeffrey Allan Wisniewski of Myrtle Beach Area Hospitality Association; Jessica Battles of South State Bank; Jack Marchette of Wells Fargo Bank; Carl Humphries of Hope Health, Inc; and Les Echols of Florence Chamber of Commerce. 

The club members encouraged the panel to support their outreach project “Literacy, PBL and STEM”ALL in ONE” which was funded by Center of Excellence-College of Education at Francis Marion University during the 2nd semester, SY 2016-2017. Although the presentation and investment in the presentation was an opportunity to practice their speaking skills and the panel used monopoly money, the executives from Wells Fargo and Florence Chamber of Commerce appreciated the concept of the club’s community project. They asked the Interact Club’s advisor, Ms Maria Maderal to continue with it and the two business organization will support and donate resources to accomplish the goals of the project. The MCHS Interact Club was the only club that was offered this opportunity by the business executives in the panel. In addition, Marlboro County High School was selected 2017 Silver Leadership School through the MCHS Interact club in March 2017. The conference was sponsored by Jefferson Awards Foundation. 

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