CLARK, NJ – On Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, ten ALJ sophomores and juniors attended the 4th Annual Union County Student Training and Enrichment Program (UC-STEP) at Kean University.

This program was sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and allowed hundreds of Union County high school students to participate in hands-on activities that taught leadership, responsibility, and community. The UC-STEP Summit focused on building essential skills that will aid students in achieving success in the future.

This year, 195 students from 27 high schools in Union County participated in the UC-STEP Summit. The ten ALJ students who attended were:

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  • Brenner Gull
  • Danielle Nugent
  • Brooke Vaccaro
  • Brandon Kennedy
  • Lindsey Hofschneider
  • Emma Knutson
  • Lauren Mulvihill
  • Rachel Papa
  • Lena Acosta
  • Kayla Kowalenko

The students were offered several beneficial workshops that focused on personal growth and leadership skills. “Race the Clock” taught time management skills by challenging students to complete activities in a limited amount of time as they competed against other groups, while “You Be the Judge” taught students how to give good first impressions. Additionally, there were leadership workshops, like “How to be an Effective Leader” and “T.E.A.M. Time” which taught teamwork.

Finally, the last thing the students took part in was creating an idea for a community service project. The ideas are voted on by the public, and the winning idea becomes the countywide project that participating schools work on with support from the Freeholder Board.

Editor's Note: Lena Acosta and Kayla Kowalenko are students at Arthur L. Johnson High School

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