(Ji Soo Kim participated in the National Federation of State High School Associations(NFHS) National Student Leadership Summit this summer and wrote about her experience.)
At the summit, all the student ambassadors attended the same four sessions: "Brain Mapping and Goal Setting," "Creating a Healthy Culture on Your Team," "Relationship Building and Maintenance," and "Perspective and Inclusion." The picture below is from the "Brain Mapping and Goal Setting" session lead by Mr. Omari Pearson, an author, speaker, president and founder of Passion To Purpose, LLC, a company geared towards equipping young people with the tools to achieve their goals. I am creating a brain map with my partner from Indiana. Together, we discussed our dreams and aspirations, however used the maps to ground our goals by researching the ways to get there. My favorite quote from Mr. Pearson is, "A dream without a plan is just a fantasy."
I attended a session titled, "Creating a Healthy Culture on Your Team," taught by Dr. Gregory A. Dale, a Professor of Sport Psychology and Sport Ethics at Duke University. In his session, we learned about the importance of a healthy culture. Dr. Dale posed many questions to us where we had to dig deep to answer. In the picture I am defending my position.
We were also able to travel to Plainfield High School for Unified Sports Experience with Indiana Special Olympians! We played basketball, ran relay races, and met so many new friends! I was able to take a picture with Libby, my relay race partner. It was a great experience and I am so thankful for it.
The picture below is of me and the other male Alabama representative also chosen at the AHSAA Student Leadership Conference, Isaac Stubbs of Wetumpka High School, with some of the staff behind the NFHS NSLS. From left to right: Executive Director Karissa Niehoff, Director of Sports, Sanctioning, and Student Services Elliot Hopkins, Director of Sports Sandy Searcy, myself, Isaac, and the Assistant to Mr. Hopkins.
This year's NSLS hosted 140 students from 34 states and two Canadian provinces. It marks the fifth NSLS in Indianapolis, and, as Mr. Hopkins mentioned in his opening remarks, "is the only national leadership summit for athletes and performing arts participants."
I am honored to have represented Alabama at this year's NSLS! It was such an enriching experience learning from and being around great leaders from all around America and Canada! I hope more Randolph students will get involved with the leadership opportunities that the AHSAA and NFHS presents, for I learned a lot about myself and the communities around me. I am looking forward to bringing everything I have learned into both the Randolph and wider Huntsville communities.