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Contact: Christina Chapple
Date: 3/30/04
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MENTORING YOUNG LEADERS -- Southeastern Louisiana University Student Government Association members Bryan Bradshaw, Chad Grabert, Cleon Warren and Lisa Surrency lead an "egg drop challenge" with students from Mandeville Junior High and Harvest Christian Academy in Hammond at the university’s Young Leaders Conference 2004.

      HAMMOND -- Approximately 90 high school and junior high school students from three parishes learned about issues such as communication and goal-setting at the Young Leaders Conference 2004 hosted by the Southeastern Louisiana University Student Government Association.
      At the day-long conference on Marc 26, the eighth-12th graders heard remarks by Southeastern Vice President for Student Affairs Brad O'Hara, Leadership Development/Student Activities director Jackie Dale Thomas and SGA President Ashley McKee. McKee talked to the future college students about the state TOPS scholarship program and the Louisiana Board of Regent's "R U Ready" program to inform students about new admission standards that will go into affect in 2005. 
 SGA members capped the day with an interactive mock Student Government meeting for the young guests, said SGA coordinator Julie Perise. 
      “It was fun and really helpful,” said Erin Bliet, junior chairperson of Ponchatoula High School’s Student Council. “We learned how to set goals for our club, and got a lot of ideas from the other groups.” She said participants also received valuable tips about listening and public speaking.
      Schools represented were Mandeville High School, Mandeville Junior High School, Covington High School, Maurepas High School, Community Christian Academy (Denham Springs), Northlake Christian School (Covington), Holy Ghost School (Hammond), Ponchatoula High School, St. Joseph's School (Ponchatoula), St. Tammany Junior High School (Slidell), Harvest Christian Academy (Hammond), and St. Thomas Aquinas High School (Hammond).