PURCHASE LINE — Fifteen sophomores were selected from Purchase Line to attend the Kiwanis Leadership Conference at the Indiana Country Club March 26. Five other schools in Indiana County were present at the workshop, making the total number of students in attendance 85.
The sophomores from Purchase Line that were selected were Caleb Brady, Gregory Boring, Jessie Boyle, Benjamin Crawford, Phoenix Goss, Brianne Guzman, Kelsee Lazor, Sierra Misko, Carly Mumau, Jonah Nichols, Kelly Pierce, Alden Sink, Sarah Smith, Mikhala Stover and Logan White.
[PHOTO: Students from Purchase Line High School who attended the Kiwanis Leadership Conference March 26 at the Indiana Country Club were, front row, from left, sophomores Logan White, Jessie Boyle, Brianne Guzman, Kelsee Lazor, Mikhala Stover, Sierra Misko and Kelly Pierce; and second row, Phoenix Goss, Jonah Nichols, Caleb Brady, Carly Mumau, Sarah Smith, Benjamin Crawford, Alden Sink and Gregory Boring. (Submitted photo/Purchase Line High School)]
Students arrived at school and immediately signed out of homeroom to meet in the library and wait for the bus. After arriving at the country club, students were given name tags with their name, school and a number. The number given was their table number, and they were dispersed throughout the room and mingled in with sophomores from other schools.
The workshop began with introductions from the present Kiwanis members, followed by a short speech from Bruce Jenkins, Kiwanis Club president. The event was moderated by Dr. Timothy Runge of the Kiwanis Circle-K advisory.
Circle-K members from Indiana University of Pennsylvania were also present and helped create an “icebreaker” game. They constructed a maze with yarn and instructed students to get into two lines. Going one line at a time, anywhere from one to three people were blindfolded and forced to rely on the others in the line to completely make it through the maze.
After the icebreaker, Marlene Jenkins, from Total Coverage Inc., spoke to the group of students about “the river of life” and the strategies and plans you need to create to successfully get where you want to be in life.
She also conducted an activity where the team at each table was given eight papers, “stepping stones,” and had conditions and obstacles to move around in order to get across the river of life.
This activity was meant to exercise the strategy and planning skills of the students.
After those fun activities, the workshop took a more serious turn. Dr. Ralph May, from the Community Guidance Center, spoke to the students about the topic of suicide.
Several papers were distributed and he explained the mind’s process before suicide and how it is caused by depression. May said that depression is an illness to be treated just as you would any other physical illness. He feels strongly on the topic and believes if you see anyone who shows signs of depression, it is important that you find them help.
A lunch break was held after those activities.
After lunch, Tom Baker, president of Baker Leadership and author of three books, came to speak.
He started with a “link” activity, where he expressed his interests, and then a student who shared an interest came up and they linked arms, and that student expressed a few interests, and so on, until the link stretched across the room. He then spoke about what students can do now and in the future to help better the community and themselves.
He also gave away free books to select students for sharing their opinions when he asked questions. Purchase Line’s Gregory Boring received one of his books, titled “Get Involved.”
The workshop ended with a survey and a short dismissal speech from Jenkins. It is hoped the students who attended take away skills and knowledge to help them become better leaders.
Kelly Pierce said, “It was a worthwhile experience because you got to hear from many people who themselves were leaders and became successful. Also, you were able to meet people like you from other places.”
Students craft shelves
Industrial arts teacher David Small’s wood technology III class was asked by librarian Dennis Preisser to take the existing library shelves and make them wider, with a slant so students can view magazines more easily.
“I’m impressed by their willingness to dedicate their time and talent for community service projects like this,” said Preisser. The project also made room for other magazines just sitting on the rack.
“Using the existing shelves is more of a go green approach as well as teaching the students the problem solving process,” added Small.
[ALTERNATE PHOTO (click to view): Dylan Hart, a junior, and seniors Rodney Wagner and Ethan Koziel, at Purchase Line High School, held the frame for the map of Pennsylvania they made for the high school library during their wood technology III class. Behind them are the finished shelves that they made out of salvage materials from old shelves. (Submitted photo/Purchase Line High School)]
According to Small, the reason he has students doing school projects is so that they can give back to the school.
“It gives the students real-world problems that they may face in the work field,” added Small.
Seniors Rodney Wagner and Ethan Koziel, along with junior Dylan Hart, were finished with their projects and took on the challenge.
“We are cutting the shelves in half and gluing the middle piece to make it longer,” added Hart.
The students had to build shelves with combinations that are set for pins.
Also, “Their ideas and suggestions to step it up a notch made the project really fit in with the rest of this beautiful library,” added Preisser.
According to Hart, he built on and used skills learned throughout the years in wood technology classes.
It took precise measuring and calculating skills in order to build the shelves.
Koziel thought the hardest task was “gluing it together so it’s level.”
Wagner added, “It makes you feel like a good person when helping others.”
According to Koziel, it is a double win. “It gives us something to do and it’s helping out the school,” he said.
The class was also asked to help make a 2x6-inch table to make one of the props higher.
Hart added, “We’re doing something good for the school.”
Magazines such as Consumer Reports, Outdoor Life, Field and Stream, Handyman, Dirt Rider and Bugel are available for students to read on the new shelves.