Montrose High School is hosting the first ever Western Colorado Leadership Summit for student council members across Western Colorado on Wednesday, February 20 at the New Life Business and Community Center. Attending will be 168 students and 14 advisors representing 14 schools from across Western Colorado including Cedaredge, Central H.S. in Grand Junction, De Beque, Delta, Dolores, Fruita Monument, Grand Valley in Parachute, Gunnison, Hotchkiss, Meeker, Montrose, Olathe, Palisade, and Rangely. At the summit each school will present a PowerPoint presentation containing their student body’s favorite activity, their best school-wide fundraiser, a successful activity that is unique to their school, their community involvement, and their biggest challenge as a Student Council. The day will also consist of lunch and a motivational speech by keynote speaker, Sue Hansen, of SueSpeaks in Montrose.
Montrose High School Student Body President Emily Wolverton applied for and received a $2,500 grant to develop and host the conference. ANNpower and Vital Voices, the organizations from which the grant was received, provide opportunities to young girls looking to make a difference in their communities. The grant will provide funds for the keynote speaker, lunch for the attendees, paper and electronic copies of the presentations for each school, and the facility at which the summit is to be held. The goal of the Western Colorado Leadership Summit is to allow high schools to share their best ideas and to learn what is working well at other schools to increase student involvement and community service.