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L-Way North students learn at leadership camp

Lincoln-Way North High School junior Ozzy Salazar gets ready go horseback riding JKB Ranch Colorado last summer. | Supplied Photo

Lincoln-Way North High School junior Ozzy Salazar gets ready to go horseback riding at the JKB Ranch in Colorado last summer. | Supplied Photo

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Updated: January 3, 2013 6:02AM



Four student-athletes from Lincoln-Way North High School recently attended a leadership camp this summer in Colorado.

Juniors Erin Creedon, Morgan Parkinson, Ozzy Salazar and Julian Hylton spent a week at the JKB Ranch in Villa Grove, Colo., where they honed their leadership skills and learned a whole new set of team-building skills.

“It exceeded my expectations,” Salazar said. “We learned how to take responsibility for our actions ... be a positive influence on others and how to help others head in the right direction.”

Added Creedon, “I learned you have the power to accomplish anything you put your mind to.”

This is the fifth year Lincoln-Way North has sent student- athletes to the camp, where they were challenged daily by team-building activities such as paintball, horseback riding, whitewater rafting and skeet shooting.

They used skills acquired in classroom discussions, plus Sean Covey’s book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens.”

School officials said the students learned how to listen to one another and work as a team, how to trust one another, and how to strategize to solve problems.

“Athletics is the avenue through which many young people develop themselves to their fullest potential,” Lincoln-Way North athletic director Matthew Lyke said. “My passion has always been to see personal growth and development of lifetime skills in students, coaches and community through athletics.”

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