Kansas Youth Leadership Academy conducts summer camps in Eastern Kansas

Kansas Youth Leadership Academy camps for middle- and high-school students in eastern Kansas were held July 9-11 and July 24-25 at Tall Oaks Conference Center near Lawrence.

Students who attended are listed below by hometown newspaper, school and grade.

The KYLA is a statewide youth leadership program designed to assist sixth- through 12th-grade students in leadership training. It was developed last summer by Fort Hays State University's Center for Civic Leadership and has seen a great deal of success throughout the school year.

The Eastern Kansas High School Camp, July 9-11, provided an intense and in-depth look at leadership for students entering grades 9-12. Camp participants were involved in a series of leadership session workshops which included an introduction to leadership styles, a leadership activity called Trade or Invade, and Leadership Jeopardy. High school participants also attended workshops in diversity appreciation, integrity, citizenship and etiquette and were involved in various team-building exercises such as an adventure ropes course, a team-building team discussion, and competed in The Amazing Race: Academy Style, an activity based on the popular reality show.

"I believe this camp develops leadership while promoting integrity, teamwork, and citizenship," said Joel Krause, a junior from Wichita who attends Campus High School. "The activities that we participate in are high tempo and upbeat. Each day is like a new adventure."

The Eastern Kansas Middle School camp, July 24-25, was for students entering grades 6-8. That camp also provided an in-depth study of leadership topics. Participants attended leadership workshops dealing with integrity, diversity appreciation, leadership concepts, and citizenship. They also learned team-building through participating in an adventure ropes course and through competing in a condensed version of The Amazing Race: Academy Style.

"I think that KYLA camp is good for a lot of people," said Carson Claybrook, an eighth-grader at Maize South Middle School. "It teaches you how to be a better leader, person and role model. If more people attended then everyone would be helping their communities and it would be great! KYLA teaches you the skills you need to be a great leader, and the counselors and staff are awesome!"

Students at both camps also had the opportunity to participate in a civic project for the Kansas City Area's Ronald McDonald House, a program which houses families of terminally ill children receiving treatment at local hospitals. Campers painted wooden toys, jewelry boxes and door hangers to be given to children and families who stay at the Ronald McDonald Houses.

The Kansas Youth Leadership Academy will be holding day-long seminars across the state for middle school and high school students. The seminars will focus on leadership themes chosen as the area of focus for the 2005-2006 academic year. Seminars will be held in four locations across the state. The northwest Kansas seminar will be at FHSU's Sternberg Museum of Natural History on Sept. 13 for high school students and Sept. 15 for middle school students. The northeast Kansas seminar will be at the KAW Area Technical School, Topeka, on Oct. 4 for middle school students and Oct. 5 for high school students. The southwest Kansas seminar will at Garden City Community College, Garden City, on Oct. 25 for middle school students and Oct. 26 for high school students. The southeast Kansas seminar will be at Butler County Community College, El Dorado, on Nov. 8 for middle school students and Nov. 9 for high school students.

Participants in the eastern Kansas summer camps:

The Hutchinson News
Hutchinson High School: Paul Fangman, 12; Rochelle Reinert, 12
Trinity Catholic High School: Kacey Barr, 9

The Wichita Eagle
Maize South Middle School: Emily Appel, 8; Carson Claybrook, 8; Allie Dysart, 7; Victoria Eck, 8; Amanda Fayette, 8; Abby Wilbur, 8
Campus High School: Trey Cotton, 11; Chelsea Eck, 12; Lindsay Jennings, 10; Joel Kraus, 11; Miranda Tucker, 11; Jackie Mac Martin, 12;
Haysville Campus High School: Emma Whitesell, 10

The Riley Countian
Riley County High School: Kennedy Hansen, 11

The Mirror
Tonganoxie High School: Kezia Huseman, 11

The Shawnee Dispatch
Monticello Trails Middle School: Christy Khamphilay, 8

The Daily Union
Junction City Middle School: Gavin Brown, 8; Taylor Pender, 7; Lizzi Petite, 7; Molly Stuckey, 7
Junction City High School: Kirt Nichols, 11; Rindi Zimmerman, 11

The Lawrence Journal-World
West Junior High School: April Maxwell, 8
Hillcrest Elementary School: Molly Morgan, 6
South Junior High School: Victor Ramirez, 7
Eudora Middle School: Connor Scott, 8
Bishop Seabury Academy: Simi Singh, 10

Topeka Capital Journal
Shawnee Heights Middle School: Ben Berlin, 8

The Silver Lake Ledger
Silver Lake Junior High School: Jamie Lockwood, 7

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