Mascenic School District

Kids participate in international youth summit in Concord

Teams of elementary and middle school student leaders from Monadnock and Mascenic school districts joined student delegates from schools throughout southern New Hampshire in the 6th Annual Northeast Delta Dental Youth Leadership Summit at Plymouth State University in downtown Concord last week. Participants included students from Monadnock and Boynton middle schools and students from Highbridge Hill, Emerson, Cutler, Gilsum and Hillsboro-Deering elementary schools.

This is the sixth year in a row that Boynton Middle School has sent student teams to the Summit.

“It’s the best possible experience for our emerging student leaders,” said Boynton School Principal Tom Starratt, noting that Boynton Middle School received the School of the Year Award in 2011.

This annual Youth Leadership Summit is part of the international Bonstingl Leaders for the Future project, conducted by Bonstingl Leadership Development Worldwide, headquartered in Columbia, Maryland. The program is based on the bestselling book “Schools of Quality” by John Jay Bonstingl, with more than a quarter-million copies in print worldwide in several languages.

The summit is sponsored by Northeast Delta Dental.

Tim Sink, president of the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce, and Northeast CEO Tom Raffio judged student participants’ work at Northeast Delta Dental’s headquarters conference room.

Students from the city of Limeira, Brazil, joined their American counterparts via Skype. The students exchanged perspectives on the question “What makes a good leader?”

Bonstingl Leaders for the Future Youth Leadership Summits, conducted across the U.S. and around the world, are highly interactive two-day service-learning leadership workshops for emerging student leaders to discover and develop their innate leadership abilities.

“Each team will create and complete a service project in the next six weeks, helping their good schools to become even better,” Bonstingl says. “Student participants will work to make their schools safer, more welcoming, greener, and more conducive to everyone’s success.”

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