Student Leaders Hone Skills at Conference

Byline: 40 participants share ideas, plan school community events

Posted: October 30, 2009

40 students at Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart in Lake Forest recently attended Moving Words into Action, an on-site conference for elected student leaders at the all-girls college prep day and boarding school. Students who participated were all of the Woodlands student community’s elected officers, including the leaders of Woodlands’ student government (W.A.C.O.R.), Woodlands’ Residential Community Council (R.C.C.), Community Service Club, Girls’ Recreation Association (GRA), Campus Ministry, The Woodlander (school newspaper), H.O.P.E. (Helping Others Protect Esteem), Spirit Club, and Woodlands’ Class officers.

W.A.C.O.R. officers Siobhan Egan of Gurnee, Bernedette Hutson of Glendale, WI, and Madeline Oelerich of Chicago served as conference facilitators.

Woodlands annually hosts a leadership conference to encourage students’ continuous efforts to develop their leadership abilities. Students and facilitators identify specific topics and skills that student leaders need to learn, practice, or address, with the general goal of enabling students to learn more about themselves and how they interact with their peers.

Conference participants outlined plans for several Woodlands community activities this year, including a dance, a “Pack the Field,” a community service event, and an after- school Mini Olympics.

Founded in 1858, Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart is an independent, college preparatory school for young women offering day and boarding programs.

Woodlands is a member of the worldwide Network of Sacred Heart Schools and the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools and is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States and the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

For more information about Woodlands’ programs, contact the Office of Admission and Financial Aid at 847/234-4300, ext. 250.

Last Updated: October 30, 2009