UNION, NJ - Nine Student Ambassadors from Governor Livingston High School attended the Union County Student Training and Enrichment Program (UC STEP) at Kean University on December 6. The attendees worked with students from other schools to create community service campaigns, competing against each other to be chosen as the eventual county wide project.

The students who attended were juniors Sophia Cresitello, Sara Fajardo, Emily Haines,  Sean McMahon, and Nick Tarabokia, and sophomores Aidan English, Erin Hilongos, Alyssa Pradhan, and Emily Radick. These students were chosen by Michelle Morin, guidance counselor and adviser of Student Ambassadors.

The students learned practical skills through hands on group activities. UC STEP’s main goal is to help students incorporate and engage leadership strategies into future projects. Hilongos said, “I learned a lot about what different types of leaders there are. A lot of people have ideas and you have to incorporate them.You have to make sure you listen to everyone’s ideas and try to make one [idea] altogether.”

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The event is not only valuable for the students who have attended. The Student Ambassadors have found much success at the event of the years. Morin explained, “We have received monetary awards five out of the seven years we have participated.” 

The experience of being able to learn under the advisement of Union County professionals is worthwhile as the students bring back these lessons to work with the school community.