On Fri., Sept. 30, seven McNicholas High School student service leaders attended the 19th Annual Mayerson Student Service Leadership Workshop at the University of Cincinnati. The McNicholas students listened to speakers, attended breakout sessions, met in small groups and attended a service fair with representatives from 70 other regional high schools. McNicholas students also presented one of the breakout sessions during the workshop.
One of the purposes of the Students Service Leadership Workshop is for student leaders to learn about service project ideas to take back to their schools. According to Sam Roflow, McNicholas High School’s Theology Department Chair, schools that attended are all at different places with their service programs.
“Some have no program at all and run a project through a class. Others are in the start-up phase,” Roflow said. “A few, like McNicholas, have very well-developed programs that are run through a club, supported by theology classes, supported by the administration, and have the overarching support of the school philosophy.”
Two of our student leaders, seniors Atticus Block and Andy Schmidt, presented at one of the breakout sessions. Their topic was how to bring an impactful speaker to your school, and they used the example of Immaculée Ilibagiza’s visit to McNicholas this past February.
“Some of our students read Immaculée’s book Left to Tell, an inspiring story of faith and forgiveness, for their summer reading,” Roflow said. “Then we hosted Immaculée at our school to speak about the genocide in Rwanda and her to journey towards wholeness. The meaningful but costly event was possible with creative partnerships and diligence and resulted in a very significant event for the student body.”
McNicholas students who attended the Student Service Leadership Workshop were seniors Atticus Block, Abby Conatser, Abby Hay, Evan Pour, Lauren Riede, Lisa Sandmann, Andy Schmidt, Bridget Strotman, and Amanda Woll.