SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- One hundred student delegates recommended by the faculty of Park Middle School, Terrill Middle School and St. Bart's Academy (grades 5-8), participated in the 2019 Education Enrichment Foundation of Scotch Plains-Fanwood's Leadership Training Conference (LTC 100) on Saturday, Feb. 2, at Scotch Plains Fanwood High School.

Councilwoman Elizabeth Stamler, a graduate of SPFHS in 2005, and SPFK12 Superintendent Dr. Margaret Hayes were both on hand to welcome the students at 9:00 a.m. when their day began. The conference's 100 student delegates learned leadership skills through class work and hands-on activities like Effective Communication, Speaking With Ease/Public Speaking, Elected to Lead Everyone and T.E.A.M. Time!, and Together Everyone Achieves More.

The LTC 100 program relies on the help of 45 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).

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The students enjoyed a slideshow at the end of the day and Leadership Awards and gift cards were given out to graduating seniors.  The honorees were:

  • Justin Walsh
  • Jessica Edelman
  • Persis Baah
  • Sophia Iacona
  • Shane Hernandez
  • Conor Peterson
  • Vanessa Handy
  • Gianna Cassara

The day was an overwhelming success: "I just wanted to say thank you for letting me be apart of this amazing program for another year. It was exceptionally run and one of the best LTC’s I’ve seen since I was a delegate. I can’t wait for next year!”  Another student added, “"Thank you so much for making LTC the great success that it was this year. I cannot wait to finish out the last two years of my LTC service working alongside you and the other great community servants of the EEF.  Thanks again for all you do!” 

The LTC 100 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 program for the SPF students. The event is held at the Scotch Plains Fanwood High School and has graduated more than 1,200 students since 2009.

You can view the full slideshow of the day by clicking here.