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Investing in leadership

Houghton grads donate to library

November 14, 2012
By ASHLEY CURTIS - DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

HOUGHTON - Education on student leadership for high school students is important to the Houghton High School National Honor Society.

"Last year's NHS found that student leadership was an important skill to have," said Ruth Ryynanen, NHS advisor.

To educate middle and high school students about the importance of leadership, seniors from last year's NHS organized a student leadership seminar.

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Members of the Houghton High School National Honor Society display student leadership-themed books they recently donated to the school library to educate and empower students to make a difference.

The seminar was developed to empower students to have their voices heard and to make sure "they know they have a say in the decision process and can make a difference in their school and community," Ryynanen said.

Besides empowering students, Adam Drelich, NHS member, recalls learning the techniques of leadership, how to run a meeting, how to fundraiser and promote the organization, and how to bring in new members.

To further educate beyond the seminar, NHS donated 30 student leadership books to the library with topics ranging from team building to leadership practices.

The books, selected by NHS members, were purchased to help high school students continue to have the opportunity to learn about leadership, Ryynanen said.

"This collection of books shows what leadership is," said NHS President Natalie Datto.

The newly purchased books have been added to the high school's library and are currently available for checkout by students.



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