“I remember ages ago when I was in Elementary School. I looked up to these high school students who seemed to be bubbling over with fun ideas and activities. I remember thinking, ‘Hey, that would be fun to do some time!’ Now here I am today, building on their ideas and, hopefully, generating excitement throughout the school, just as they did. As the president of the Student Council, I feel it is our responsibility to encourage others to be highly motivated. We want the student body to enjoy not only social time with their friends but also studying time at school. I am quite proud of my fellow students who are on the council.” Those words, from this year’s Student Council President, reflect the kind of joy we hope all students will discover as they grow in leadership.
At CRICS we value student led initiative, maturing in leadership abilities, thoughtful stewardship of teen time and energy, as well as character growth. Therefore, teachers and administrators work to empower students to lead in as many opportunities as possible, working under an adviser’s guidance. Teachers at CRICS continually pray and watch for students showing maturity in compassion, conflict resolution, diligence, and follow through, among other character qualities.
Seniors, by nature, take a leadership position at CRICS. To encourage and mentor the seniors to hone their leadership skills before launching into adulthood, all seniors are required to complete a Senior Project. Each senor creates, plans and implements a project of their choosing under the advisement of CRICS principal, Greg Hortman. Seniors use their projects to practice leading others by recruiting and training other student volunteers to participate alongside them. This year’s seniors just completed their projects, so check our blog soon to hear reports from each senior with details from each event.
Student leaders at CRICS are chosen by both administrators and classmates. Every year students in fifth through twelvth grades elect officers to represent their voice in Student Council. Student led activities in Student Council include planning Spirit Days and school dances.
Student leaders at CRICS also include Worship Team members, sports team captains and youth group leaders. Other students take more quiet roles of leadership by serving on the AV team or privately mentoring other students.
Whether quiet or vocal, sporty or social, all student leaders are encouraged to look to Christ for true wisdom and modeling of servant leadership. Please join us in praying that all students at CRICS continue to grow in Christ-like leadership qualities.
“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity.” I Timothy 4:12
Below are a few pics of a recent gathering to promote and practice leadership skills. The focus of the meeting was conflict resolution. Students had to work together to untangle a knot of hands without letting go. They also created and acted out conflict scenerios, pausing to to view each situation through someone else’s point of view. (That’s what the fun glasses represent!)