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StuCo members learn leadership at Suns arena

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Without talking, Student Council Vice President Isabelle Yakel, 8, helps a teammate get in position during a leadership game at the AAJHSC annual retreat on Nov. 3.

Without talking, Student Council Vice President Isabelle Yakel, 8, helps a teammate get in position during a leadership game at the AAJHSC annual retreat on Nov. 3.

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Without talking, Student Council Vice President Isabelle Yakel, 8, helps a teammate get in position during a leadership game at the AAJHSC annual retreat on Nov. 3.

Zachary Grattan, Canyon Chronicle

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     Student Council members attended the AAJHSC annual student retreat Feb. 3 at Talking Stick Resort Arena, home of the Phoenix Suns.
     The retreat is an educational leadership conference presented by the Arizona Association of Junior High Student Council. The AAJHSC’s purpose is to teach the Student Council leadership skills.
     The conference is made up of several leadership and educational sessions, where students learn to work together, step outside of their safe zone, and get help being a better council member. Students played a leadership game on the game floor, danced with the Suns dance team, and heard a talk from Ann Meyers Drysdale, the only woman to ever sign a contract with an NBA team.
     “My main goal for each conference is for students to come back to CCJH with something they can use to make our council better. Maybe it’s a game to play at a dance or a lunchtime activity to boost school spirit,” Adviser Jason Davis said. “I also think the chance to spend the day together is a great way to bond and build a stronger group. You can never underestimate the power of a group that gets along and works well together.”
     The AAJHSC has five goals to develop their future leaders. There goals are to teach the Student Council about leadership, diversity, academic achievement, community involvement, and school spirit. Their one purpose is to develop our future leaders, and they do so through these conferences and support for advisers and members
     AAJHSC tries to make learning the basics of leadership exciting. For some students, learning about leadership in the home of the Phoenix Suns was more engaging than sitting in a small confined room. Council members even got to watch the Suns game afterward.
     “I liked that I could have a fun time and still learn to be a better person,” said Senator Kaylee Smith.

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