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Middle school students acquire skills to help them prepare for high school

Students from 10 different middle schools in the Archdiocese of Miami attended Archbishop Curley Notre Dame High School’s annual Middle School Leadership Workshop, which enabled them to gain practical experience in communication, motivation and group dynamics in order to prepare them for high school.

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Students from 10 different middle schools in the Archdiocese of Miami attended Archbishop Curley Notre Dame High School’s annual Middle School Leadership Workshop, which enabled them to gain practical experience in communication, motivation and group dynamics in order to prepare them for high school.



MIAMI - Thirty-three middle school students from around the Archdiocese of Miami participated in a day of leadership training at Archbishop Curley Notre Dame High School's annual Leadership Workshop for Middle School Students on Nov. 19. The middle school students, who were elected by their respective school principals and teachers, were able to gain practical experience in communication, motivation and group dynamics in order to prepare them for high school.

The workshop was conducted by ACND student leaders, including Shannon Macourek, Megan Romanik, Randy Schutt, Celine Wassaf, Christina Blanchard, Jesus Vazquez, Alexa de la Cruz and Calantha Senat. These students prepared for the middle school workshop by attending a high school leadership training program sponsored by the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers of North America entitled the ACTION Workshop.

ACND faculty members Brother Jason Ford, CFC, Campus Ministry Coordinator, and Douglas Romanik, Dean of Students and Vice Principal of Student Services, served as the faculty moderators for the Leadership Workshop.

"[The] goals of the Leadership Workshop were to help the middle school students realize that they have gifts," said Romanik. "We hope the students also know that they are called by God to use them to the benefit of others, and that they must utilize others' gifts to accomplish tasks."

Participating middle schools included Immaculate Conception in Hialeah, St. Mary's Cathedral in Miami, Blessed Trinity in Miami Springs, St. Hugh in Coconut Grove, St. John the Apostle in Hialeah, St. Rose of Lima in Miami Shores, St. Lawrence in North Miami, St. Patrick in Miami Beach, Our Lady of the Lakes in Miami Lakes, and ACND's Brother Rice Honors Academy.

The event culminated with a gathering in the ACND Chapel where the young leaders gave thanks for the gifts and opportunities that bless their lives and committed themselves to sharing the experience at their own schools.

"It was a great day to promote unity in our middle schools," said Romanik.

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