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Inaugural Warhawk Student Leadership Summit empowers student leaders to make impact at WCHS

Inaugural Warhawk Student Leadership Summit empowers student leaders to make impact at WCHS

Student leaders across Westerville Central High School gathered for the school’s inaugural Warhawk Student Leadership Summit on Monday, where they learned how important their role is in making WCHS a place where staff and students love to be everyday.

They listened to speakers talk about embracing challenges, about being better together as a group, about acting with purpose — all tenets of the school’s Warhawk Blueprint plan, a vision of what staff, students and parents want for WCHS.

“Our collective vision for WCHS is to create a space where everyone feels welcomed, valued and cared for,” Principal Dawn Sayre said. “We know to achieve this vision, our students must lead by example and hold each other accountable to the standards we have set together for WCHS.”

After getting feedback from staff, students and parents, the school staff spent last year developing the Warhawk Blueprint. And this year, they are in the process of bringing it to life, she said.

As part of the day-long leadership summit, students collaborated on team-building games that reinforced skills outlined in the Warhawk Blueprint and later created their own personal blueprint. They also heard from a variety of guest speakers, including Rachel Ray, director of economic development for the City of Westerville; Tony DeCenzo, a Westerville South High School alum who is a senior consultant with Focus 3, the company that helped shaped the Warhawk Blueprint and Culture Playbook as a result of their training on leadership, culture and behavior; and Connie Richardson, former Women's Basketball coach and senior Women's Athletic Department administrator for Otterbein University. Sayre played for Richardson when she attended Otterbein and credits Richardson for shaping her into the leader she is today and setting her on a path to investing back into young people. 

WCHS staff members Mike Mahoney, Brent Morrison, Susannah Wince and Max Shawver also addressed students and spoke to the pride they have in being a Warhawk and the important role students play in shaping WCHS’ school culture.

“The purpose of the summit was to inspire, motivate and equip our students with the skills and tools to take their leadership skills to the next level, to inspire them to live out the beliefs and behaviors outlined in our Warhawk Blueprint in their ‘20 sq ft’ so they can have a positive influence and Impact outside their ‘20 sq ft,’” Sayre said.  

  • Westerville Central High School
  • Westerville City Schools

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