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Student attends conference for Young Leaders

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

North Clay Middle School student Kodie Girton (left) met other students representing schools from all over the state of Indiana, including Karl Bragg, who lives near Cincinnati, at the National Young Leaders State Conference. Courtesy Photo/Kodie Girton.
North Clay Middle School student Kodie Girton was one of 400 Indiana eighth-graders to participate in the National Young Leaders State Conference Jan. 24-27, in Indianapolis.

Girton was nominated by his football coach, John Russell, and was unsure about going at first.

"It was questionable, because I had never heard of it, but then I realized it was an honor," Kodie's mom, Karen, said.

"I was kind of shocked when my coach told me he signed me up," Girton said.

Girton spent the weekend learning about leadership and working on skills for the classroom with students from all over.

A workshop on presentation skills is already coming in handy, as Kodie will be teaching his social studies class soon.

He said students were given four topics to choose from, and had to explain their choice in front of a group in 35-40 seconds.

NYLSC holds conferences in 38 states and the District of Columbia to provide students leadership skills during a "critical phase in their life," according to the website.

Students stay in a hotel for the weekend, and are supervised by adults around the clock.

Girton said he enjoyed staying in Indianapolis for the weekend, and had fun getting to know his roommate, who is from Michigan City, Ind.

"Anybody who gets nominated, I would recommend they go. It was one heck of an ordeal," Girton said.

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It's nice to see a young man from our middle school doing so well; keep up the good work Kodie.

-- Posted by snow on Wed, Feb 6, 2008, at 6:21 AM

This is a good story. I like to read NICE stories about youth in the paper. Too often the other spectrum makes the news

-- Posted by madmom61 on Wed, Feb 6, 2008, at 7:41 AM

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