Conference attendees were also invited to participate in three of 12 workshops on a diversity of topics, including bullying prevention, searching for employment, juggling responsibilities, kickboxing and surviving in the wilderness.
“The purpose of it is just to become better people,” Plattsburgh High School senior Amy Demane told the Press-Republican.
She and nine other area students, including Seton Catholic senior Alexis Persson and Peru Central School sophomore Matt Rine, comprised the conference’s Planning Committee.
“It’s just all about trying to find who you are so you can become a better leader,” Persson said.
Every high school in Clinton County was invited to send a number of students to the conference.
“What we’re trying to get the schools to do is (send) a wide diversity of the school population,” Demane said.
New at this year’s conference was a workshop titled, “Freshman Year Again?” presented by SUNY Plattsburgh Residence Director and Academic Coordinator Janis Noble. It included a panel of college students sharing their experiences on making the leap from high school to college.
“It’s primarily focused for seniors who are headed to college and what that transition will be like,” said Kim Crockett, Clinton County Youth Bureau supervisor.
‘EVERY WALL A DOOR’
Bell, a first-time attendee, signed up for “Applying to College for Dummies.”
Though college is still a couple of years away, she said, “I guess I’m kind of just worried about, like, applications and stuff.”
The conference also allows students from different schools to come together and meet new people, Demane noted.
“It’s just a great way to get out of the small little niche that you’ve built in your school,” Rine said.
He and his fellow Planning Committee members were responsible for organizing the event, choosing this year’s workshop topics and welcoming attendees to the conference.