Published : Thursday, July 13, 2017 | 2:14 PM
Enthusiastic developing leaders from 25 local elementary schools learned to build their leadership skills at Ramona’s second annual Emerging Leaders Summer Seminar. Under the guidance of Ramona student leaders and faculty mentors, 43 seventh and eighth grade young women identified their personal leadership styles, strengthened their speaking ability, developed their interpersonal skills, planned and presented a service project to implement at their home school community.
Participants focused on key personal qualities of a leader. Several students commented that the seminar should be longer because they enjoyed their time and learned valuable lessons and leadership techniques from their Ramona mentor peer leaders. One participant shared that “the seminar helped make me more confident in my own skin and not be so concerned with changing who I really am to please others.”
As student leader Rachel Rangel ‘18 notes, “The best thing about mentoring these young leaders was seeing them grow and become more confident in themselves within the short week we spent with them. By the end of the week, it was easy to see that all of the students were more comfortable with public speaking and vocalizing their ideas to their peers. My favorite part of the seminar was the public speaking exercise in which the young leaders participated. It was amazing to see their faces light up with excitement when they talked about something for which they had passion. It was also nice to see the diversity of interests the girls shared. This experience has also helped me grow as a leader because it gave me a chance to reflect on the leadership skills I learned early on at Ramona. By being able to solidify those skills, I know it will be easier for me to grow as a leader as I advance into higher education.”
Other Ramona student leader mentors were Alexa Gomez ‘17, Reanna Salvador ‘17, Destiny Zelaya ‘17, Dora Bezonsky ‘17, Madeline Karam ’18, Emily Echeverri ’18, and Christina Echeverri ‘21. Faculty leaders included Ms. Laura Dumas ‘89, Director of Student Activities, and Ms. Val Green, Dean of Students.
Leadership is a core element of a Ramona education and an important way that the Sisters of the Holy Names empower each young woman to reach their full potential. Participants, who were nominated by their elementary schools, received seminar scholarships with the support of a grant from the Sisters of the Holy Names Incorporated Province Ministries.
Ramona is a welcoming Catholic college-prep high school for girls in grades 9-12. Ramona graduates face the future with an extraordinary education, a global vision fueled by Catholic values, an independent spirit, confident leadership skills, the support of their Ramona sisters, and the strength of a legacy of more than 128 years of excellence.
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