Little Leaders

THE LITTLE LEADERS GROUP affiliated with Clarion University will take part in a national education conference in Austin, Texas. On hand for the announcement were (front row, from left): Aubree Conticelli, Olivia McCormick, Tenley Kiskadden and Sutton Shoup; (back row): Jesse Haight, Emily Dowling, Clarion University President Dr. Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson, Dr. Gwen Price, Vanessa Boryenace and Aoife Salusky.

CLARION – Several Clarion County students have been selected to take part in a national education conference in Austin, Texas.

Dr. Brian’s Place recently announced that for the past two years, pre-school and kindergarten students have been meeting with Clarion University of Pennsylvania professors Vanessa Boryenace and Jesse Haight, as well as Clarion University senior education major Emily Dowling, in an exploration of civic engagement and empowerment. Through this club, named Little Leaders, these young women have learned about the leadership and influence of female leaders and innovators throughout history.

Haight and Boryenace, advisors to the group, said they repeatedly see the benefits of this club to the young girls and the increase in their understanding of civic engagement.

Through the inspiration of the Little Leaders Club, both Haight and Boryenace recently published an article concerning the effects of Little Leaders in a national education journal. This publication led to an invitation to speak and present on the “Little Leaders” at the National Council of Social Studies Teachers in Austin, Texas.

As essential members of Little Leaders, and the inspiration of the presentation, the young girls have been also invited to the national conference in Texas.

Five young ladies — Olivia McCormick, Aubree Conticelli, Sutton Shoup, Tenley Kiskadden and Aoife Salusky — will be attending the conference.