SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- More than 100 student delegates recommended by the faculty of Park Middle School, Terrill Middle School and St. Bart's Academy (grades 5-8), participated in the 2017 Leadership Training Conference (LTC 100) on Saturday, Feb. 4, at Scotch Plains Fanwood High School.

This year's conference hosted 125 student delegates who learned leadership skills through class work and hands on activities. 

"The delegates and junior counselors were positively engaged throughout the day. Taking on chairing of the event was made easy because of the fine foundation given to me by Phyllis and Al Mirabella," said organizer Maggie Savoca. "I look forward to managing next year's conference with help from the board of the Education Enrichment Foundation of Scotch Plains Fanwood."

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As part of the day, a new tradition was begun: the awarding of The Mirabella Family Leadership Award named in recognition of the family's longtime support of the LTC 100 program. The honorees were:

  • The Mirabella Family (Phyllis, Al, Alex and Micayla)
  • Margaret Heisey
  • Leland McGee
  • Meg Ryan
  • Justin Walsh

"What an honor to have this award named after our family, in particular my wife, Phyllis, who has worked so hard to make it such a successs," said Freeholder Al Mirabella. 

The LTC 100 program relies on the help of Junior Counselors (student leaders from middle and high school who lead groups through activities) and Senior Counselors (high school and college students, and community volunteers who facilitate the sessions). In the past eight years, more than 1,000 student leaders have participated in the program. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP.