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‘New skills to take home’: State’s Student Council leaders meet at Westmont Hilltop

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Student Council members from across schools across Pennsylvania gather at Westmont Hilltop High School for a 3-day conference on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019. Students from across the state are in Johnstown for a three-day event that’s preparing them to be future leaders.

Since Thursday, about 975 student leaders from 89 schools are participating in the 2019 Pennsylvania Association of Student Councils conference that’s being hosted by Westmont Hilltop High School.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Take Your Shot With Leadership” and it’s inspired by Johnstown’s rich hockey tradition.

“This year we received the bid to host it and it’s really exciting,” said Jonathan Rutledge, adviser of Westmont High School’s Student Council.

“For these kids it’s a huge resume builder to be able to say they put together a conference like this, so it’s a pretty big deal.”

The conference schedule features several guest speakers including John “Climber Guy” Beede, a Mount Everest climber, global adventurer, entrepreneur, author and humanitarian, and Charlie Brenneman, a former Mixed Martial Arts fighter.

The program includes an array of leadership-focused workshops developed by student leaders for students.As part of the conference, students had the opportunity to attend a Johnstown Tomahawks game. On Friday, they attended a banquet at the Frank J. Pasquerilla Conference Center that was followed by a dance at the high school.Senior Max Wilkinson, president of Westmont High School’s Student Council and a co-chairman of the conference, said putting on the event was a lot of work but seeing everyone having a good time has made […]

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