Last week 30 LaGrange High (LHS) students stepped into the media center knowing they would be challenged to become servant leaders. After completing applications for the Chick fil A Leader Academy™ (Leader Academy), they didn’t know what to expect. They didn’t know what would be required. They all jumped at the chance to join because the teens know the organization is known for excellent customer service and all around ‘doing the right thing.’ Thanks to Josh Sells, Chick-fil-A on Commerce restaurant operator, this is the second year the program has been offered to LHS students. According to the organization’s website, Chick-fil-A Leader Academy™ is a national high school leadership program focused on impact through action. They believe the world needs more leaders who impact their local communities, and high school students are the answer.
With Michael Pauley as the teacher sponsor, the group began networking and meeting at least three people they did not know. Pauley said, “We have all grade levels and different demographics that will be participating. They have to know each other so they can work together as a group.” After the introduction, they discussed leadership qualities, watched videos, and joined in communication activities.
Their main purpose, however, was to complete a service project. That project involved creating service packages that will be sent to the service men and women overseas later this week. The care boxes will serve as a ‘thank you’ to those who dedicate their lives to our country.
Lauren Farris, a freshman Leadership Academy participant, said she applied because she believes in making an impact, “I want to learn more about how to become a better leader. I want to impact the world through my talents and abilities.” The cross country runner and soccer player knows that academics is her main focus, but she also acknowledges that it takes focused skills and mentorship to be a leader on and off the playing field. She said she looks forward to continuing service projects as a member of the Leader Academy.