District One students broaden horizons during summer break

Published 6:04 pm Friday, August 2, 2013

Students gained hands-on experience in learning and applying Lean and Six Sigma tools to computerized challenges, physical simulations, case studies and teaching games. Students also had the opportunity to meet with professionals who use these tools and skills as part of their careers. They even got a chance to improve their driving skills behind the wheel of a BMW vehicle.

Attending from Landrum High School, rising senior Garner Brooks enjoyed one aspect of the camp most of all, “The cars, definitely the cars! I got the chance to drive BMW’s most of the day during the second week of camp. I don’t have a car of my own yet, but I think a BMW would make a great graduation gift! Please be sure my parents see this article.”

Landrum High School also sent three students to the 2013 Youth Leadership Summer Institute at USC Upstate. Annabelle McCall, Amelia McCall and Daniel Perry spent a week focusing on activities designed to inspire high school students to become more involved in issues regarding their environment, both physical and social. According to the camp’s website, the program consists of educational and social components that examine aspects of leadership and civic engagement from local and global perspectives. Students identify issues facing Spartanburg and the world, and explore problem-solving techniques, conflict resolution skills, cross-cultural communication, personal responsibility and respect for self and others.

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A variety of interactive workshops, games, field trips and recreational activities are utilized throughout the week, with evening activities consisting of a cookout, party night and movie nights. The Institute staff consists of USC Upstate faculty and students, along with national and international speakers.

Rebecca Castro from Landrum High School attended the Hugh O’Brian Leadership Camp (HOBY) at Erskine College. Founded in 1958, HOBY’s mission is to inspire and develop our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation. HOBY programs are conducted annually throughout the United States, serving local and international high school students.

District One community is very fortunate to have not only so many opportunities to “make” leaders, but also many students willing to meet the challenge and  to learn the skills necessary to serve others; even if it means giving up a few weeks of their summer break.

– article submitted by Paula Brooks