Twelve high schools and six colleges from Kansas, Illinois, Missouri and Nebraska competed in Washburn University Leadership Institute’s Leadership Challenge Event,® (LCE®), March 29-30 at Washburn University. At LCE® the students gained perspective on their personal leadership strengths, weaknesses and styles and they had to compete to fulfill the challenges and overcome the obstacles placed before them in a manner that demonstrates exemplary leadership knowledge and execution.
One high school team and one college team were selected as winners of LCE®. Each member of the winning high school team will receive a scholarship to Washburn. Teams in each division also were awarded a team collaboration award and team communication award. All students received participant medals.
Topeka Community Foundation, Leadership Challenge Event® Champions
College Division: Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kan.
High School Division: Hayden High School, Topeka
St. Francis Health Center Award for Team Communication
College Division: McKendree University, Lebanon, Ill. (Team 1)
Joe & Jillain Williams Award for Team Communication
High School Division: Topeka West High School
INTRUST Bank Award for Team Collaboration
College Division: York College, York, Neb.
BNSF Railway Award for Team Collaboration
High School Division: Washburn Rural High School, Topeka
Students who participated (listed by high school):
Benton High School, St. Joseph, Mo.: Trinity Dowell, Courtney Higgins, McKynzie Inscho, Cameron Pike, Myleigh Lanham
Cair Paravel Latin School, Topeka: Caleb Fleming, Rachel Orr, Billy McElroy, Bridget Cornwell, Sarah Walker
Campus High School, Wichita: Shelby Bettles, Cassandra Nguyen, Chad Vaught, Josh Woods, Yesenia Ybarra
Caney Valley High School, Caney, Kan.: Bethany Barlow, Kayla Clapp, Alexis Grant, Diseree Nelson, Makenzie Vining
Hayden High School, Topeka: Brogan Barry, Zach Dodd, Zach Haverkamp, Lauren Hutley, Brooke LaRue
Highland Park High School, Topeka: Desiree Abbott, Dakota Barker, Demarus Kelley, Juan Cedillo, Caleb Roberts
Louisburg High School, Lindsburg: Lindsey Allen, Kieran, Bradley, Amelia Baumgardner, Jaden Scott, Regan Wertz
Shawnee Heights High School, Topeka: Joseph Anguiano, Jessica Mechler, Zach Haney, Shelby Perez, Courtney Pfluke
Topeka High School: Denise Alvarez, Carly Mott, Bryon Lewis IV, Kaitlyn Truesdell, Rachel Wiley
Topeka West High School: Brittany Bodenheimer, April dela Cruz, Jamie Ladner, Korrissa White, Kelli Young
Washburn Rural High School, Topeka: Taylor Legg, Joshua Marple, Tanner Reece, Maria Stoica, Vishnu Vallatharasan
Wellington High School, Wellington: Gracie Defore, Chayse Easterly, Abby Hain, Haley Horning, Mitchell Norris
Students who participated (listed by college):
Donnelly College, Kansas City, Kan.: Daniela Duarte, Christen Lacy, Ivan Medrano Velazquez, Cristopher Miller, Jonathon Westbrook
Fort Hays State University, Hays: Laura Dougherty, Tyson Miller, Jill Moeder, Jason Dreiling, Levi Unruh
McKendree University Team 1, Lebanon, Ill.: Arie Balazi, Jacob Miller, Kirsten Ratermann, Matt Roddy, Tyler Wallin
McKendree University Team 2, Lebanon, Ill.: Michelle Allen, Mari Dehn, Zane Maus, Emily Sutton, Megan Zurliene
Metropolitan Community College, Kansas City, Kan.: Taylor Blakely, Reba Carney, Caleb Carter, Heather Mynatt, Nik Psaltis
York College, York, Neb.: Sandy Chang, Tyler Cox, Troy Kelly, Matthew Miller, Miles Negley
Washburn University: Mindy Barks, Morgan Brown, Albany Cummings, Leah Piper, Justin Salum
LCE® was created to encourage leadership development by offering participants education, hands-on experience and recognition in a competitive environment. LCE® simulates the real-world process of leadership through a two-day event consisting of a half-day leadership conference, followed by a full-day live, interactive leadership simulation competition. LCE® was designed by students in the Washburn Leadership Institute. The LCE® simulation is a unique interactive leadership competition unlike any other leadership development event. Not only did LCE® showcase future leaders, it enhanced networking opportunities for all participants, including students, advisers and more than 40 student and 60 community volunteers.
The Washburn University Leadership Institute strives to establish innovative
platforms for leadership education focused on the development of future leaders
and progressive leadership methods. Its mission is to develop students into
ethical, caring, and diverse leaders prepared to immediately assume leadership
roles in today’s changing society by cultivating the study of leadership and
facilitating transformational learning experiences.
LCE® was sponsored by BA Designs, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas, BNSF Railway, Capital City Bank, Capitol Federal Savings Foundation, Educational Credit Union, Go Topeka EMBD, Hallmark Cards, INTRUST Bank, Joe and Jillain Williams, Leadership Greater Topeka Class of 2012, Lyndon State Bank, Security Benefit Corp., St. Francis Health Center, Sunflower Marketing, Topeka Community Foundation, Washburn Memorial Union and Chartwells Dining, Washburn University Foundation, Washburn University Office of Admissions, Washburn University Office of Student Life, Wayne and Kristin Basso, Westar Energy, and Westside Stamp and Awards.
For more information, contact Jeff Mott, director, Washburn Leadership Institute, at (785) 670-2001.
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Contact: Amanda Hughes, university relations, (785) 670-2153