SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD,  NJ  - “Many Stars, One Universe” was the slogan for the Leadership Conference on Saturday, Feb. 2 at the SPF High School.  This program is cosponsored by the Education Enrichment Foundation of Scotch Plains-Fanwood and the SPF School District.

The 85 middle school students, nominated by the faculty of Park and Terrill Middle Schools and St. Bartholomew’s Academy (Grades 5-8) participated in the event aimed at developing and reinforcing leadership skills.

Phyllis Mirabella, one of the organizers of the conference, sent out a message on Facebook.  “I cannot thank all the Senior & Junior Counselors and Delegates enough for supporting SPF LTC 100...It's our Fourth Year!!! THANK YOU for your help and support!!”

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Junior Counselors (JCs) are experienced student leaders from middle and high school that lead Delegate groups through the day's activities. 

“It was fun as well as challenging.  I met new people and I learned new things.  I’m really glad I was selected to participate,” said Jessica Edelman, one of the JCs,

“I thought it was a great success and I’m so happy that the kids have this opportunity to learn skills that will help them throughout life, everything from public speaking to team building skills.  It’s a great day and a lot of fun for everyone involved.  Everyone get a lot out of it.”, said Randi Edelman, one of the community volunteers.

“My daughter Josephine seemed to take away some valuable information and was very enthusiastic about the experience,” said Roberta Catuogno, a Scotch Plains resident.

After beginning the day with some “ice breaking” activities, everyone broke out into individual sessions coving a variety of subjects from public speaking to leadership skills classes.

According to Mirabella, the day takes some of the best features of the New Jersey Association of Student Councils (NJASC) four-day Leadership Training Conference (LTC) program held in the summer and condenses them into one day. 

The organizers wish to thank Wakefern Corporation of Elizabeth and the ShopRite of Garwood who provided a very generous donation for this event.