The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

May 8, 2013

Leadership event to focus on local history

Kelly Urban

CAIRNBROOK — What would you do?

That’s the question area students will be asked to answer on Tuesday when they attend the Pennsylvania Association of Student Council District 6 Spring Conference.

Shade Junior/Senior High School will host the event.

Nearly 150 seventh-graders through seniors from Bishop Carroll, Westmont, Forest Hills, Salisbury-Elk Lick, Altoona, Shade, Central Cambria and Somerset Area are expected.

Mindy Leonard, Shade’s student council adviser, said the district last hosted the event in 2008. This year she wants to spotlight the Quecreek Mine Rescue Site and the Flight 93 National Memorial.

“At the Quecreek Mine students will hear a talk by the Arnold family (site owner) and tour the museum,” she said. “Park rangers will give a presentation at the Flight 93 site. We’re hoping if funds allow to put flowers on all the nameplates of the deceased.”

From there students will travel to the high school, where the theme of “What Would You Do?” will come into play. They’ll have to think about how they would have handled being one of the trapped miners or a passenger on U.S. Airlines Flight 93.

“When they come in for the conference there will be a wall with different situations on it like what would you do if you were asked to steal a test or

you see someone shoplifting,” Leonard said. “We hope to bring out leadership qualities in students and what they need to do as a leader.”

The guest speaker will be Jackie Jaros, guidance counselor at Deer Lakes Middle School in Pittsburgh.

A video presentation will detail summer workships available to students through PASC.

“This is good for students and it’s an opportunity for us to feature Somerset County from a historical perspective and the leadership roles here,” Leonard said.

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