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Beta Students at STEM Magnet Academy of Pointe Coupee Attend 2017-2018 Leadership Conference

President Elizabeth Laurent, Vice-President Madison Johnson, Secretary Rayvin Chenevert, Reporter Rory Blackmore, Chaplain Lauren Chenevert, as well as Members-At-Large, Jayce Courville, Camila Frech, Joshua Villere, and Aidan Dupuy attended this year’s Beta Summit on Thursday, October 5 - Friday, October 6, 2017, at the Raising Cane’s River Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
A number of objectives were presented to the students during the summit. They included identifying personal behaviors and personality styles, committing to identify core ethical and personal values, and developing relationships where all people are respected. The students also developed skills necessary to successfully work in groups and on teams while connecting with like-minded individuals to promote Beta.
SMA students competed in four different leadership challenges: Jayce Courville participated as a Leadership Representative; Elizabeth Laurent, Camila Frech, Aidan Dupuy, Rayvin Chenevert and Joshua Villere participated in Rapid Response; Lauren Chenevert, Elizabeth Laurent, Joshua Villere, and Jayce Courville participated in Service Snapshot; and Rory Blackmore, Rayvin Chenevert, Madison Johnson, and Elizabeth Laurent participated in Lead Outside the Box.  The Leadership Representative and Rapid Response participants used critical thinking and collaborative skills to produce a response in a certain time frame. Participants in the Service Snapshot highlighted a service project in expo format. Lastly, participants in the Lead Outside the Box challenge were given a real-world problem and presented how they would solve the problem.  
SMA Beta President, Elizabeth Laurent stated, “The Beta Leadership Summit was a wonderful experience that focused on team collaboration, critical thinking, and how to express true empathy. We made so many friends from other schools, as well as learned more about each other and ourselves. Overall, I had such an amazing and fun experience that I will definitely continue to go until I graduate!”

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