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Two area students selected for leadership seminar

Two area high school students have been selected to attend the 2018 North Dakota Leadership Seminar held June 1-3 at the University of Jamestown. "Our hope is that student leaders who attend NDLS leave with the tools they need to go back into the...

Two area high school students have been selected to attend the 2018 North Dakota Leadership Seminar held June 1-3 at the University of Jamestown.

"Our hope is that student leaders who attend NDLS leave with the tools they need to go back into their community and impact the world around them," said Bryce Scharmer, the seminar chair. "These young men and women are North Dakota's up-and-coming leaders, and we can't wait to meet them."

William Bleyenberg of Dickinson High School and Madalynn Redig of Belfield High School have been selected to represent their schools due to their leadership skills, commitment to community service and involvement in their school and community.

"I believe that I am a good fit to attend because I'm eager to learn more about becoming a better leader," said Belfield High School sophomore Madalynn Redig.

Redig runs a dance studio in Belfield, where she teaches about 36 kids. She thinks it helps her be a better leader.

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Since 1981, the North Dakota Leadership Seminar has had the most talented young people from across the state come together for a weekend focused on leadership development, service and issue awareness through empowering discussions and informal debate.

"I signed up online. I heard about it from a friend and she suggested that I go, and I thought why not?" said Redig.

Every high school in North Dakota has the option to send a sophomore student to this seminar free of charge. It is completely volunteer-run, and the seminar is financially supported by donations from businesses, service organizations, individuals and foundations from across the state.

"I think that if people get the opportunity to do things like this, I really think they should take advantage of it because it can only have a positive outcome for their lives," said Redig.

Each student attendee is encouraged to provide 100 hours of service throughout the year.

You can find more information and history about the North Dakota Leadership Seminar on their website at www.ndleadership.org .

Related Topics: DICKINSON HIGH SCHOOL
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