Photo: Anna Zhao (from left), Sydney Anderson, Jack Felder, Ozan Sasmaz, Hudson Peters, Kylie Walters, Johnathon Owens, and Mar'Tez Pinkney
November 23, 2022
Students from 23 CVC schools put rivalries aside for a day of collaboration and teamwork during the annual Chagrin Valley Leadership Conference, hosted November 18 in the Beachwood High School gymnasium. The interactive program featured a keynote presentation on creating a positive mindset by Youth Leadership Development Coach Ted Weise.
“A positive mindset is critical for being a successful leader,” said Beachwood Athletic Director Ryan Peters. “Ted works with the students on how to go the extra mile for a teammate or an opponent by treating them with respect and gratitude.”
Eleventh-grader Mar’Tez Pinkney, who plays varsity football and basketball, said he enjoyed collaborating with students from other schools.
“I learned how to share my ideas and hear other people’s as well,” said Pinkney. “This conference helped me learn how to use my team and also how to take control of something when something needs to be done.”
So agreed eleventh-grader Jack Felder, who plays varsity football and throws shot put and discus for track and field.
“The conference taught me how to effectively communicate, make a connection with others, and be able to listen to other people’s ideas,” he said. “I learned to have positive self-talk and that setting goals is very important for improvement.”
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