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St. Laurence students attend action workshop

Billy Novak (from left) Chris Doherty Jerry Soukal participate an activity during ActiLeadership Workshop St. Johns Fla. | Supplied Photo

Billy Novak (from left), Chris Doherty and Jerry Soukal participate in an activity during the Action Leadership Workshop in St. Johns, Fla. | Supplied Photo

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Updated: February 14, 2013 6:01AM



St. Laurence High School recently sent three juniors to the Action Leadership Workshop, conducted by the North American Province of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers, at the Marywood Catholic Retreat Center in St. Johns, Fla.

Attending students included Chris Doherty, Billy Novak and Jerry Soukal. Campus minister Tim Smyth and Mark Scott, director of the leadership program, accompanied the students.

The North American Province of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers includes schools in 10 of the United States and two provinces of Canada. Two South American schools also were represented at the workshop.

Students gathered for three days of leadership development focused on team-building, communication and advocacy skills. As part of learning advocacy skills, students created their own advocacy projects that they will continue to expand once they return to their schools. Students and moderators were given opportunities to exchange ideas and ask questions about programs and initiatives at each other’s schools.

Everyone gathered each day to participate in prayer services that were conducted by students from different schools. At the end of the workshop, the students were commissioned as part of a Mass to return to their schools with their new skills and a sense of purpose to help deepen Edmund Rice’s vision of educating young people for service in the world.

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