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HSLA Fellow and Peer Mentors

The High School Leadership Academy (HSLA) is organized and coordinated by a Fellow and Peer Mentors. HSLA gives members of Washburn University's Leadership Institute the opportunity to practice their leadership skills. It also offers high school students the opportunity to learn more about leadership and to further develop their leadership skills.

Claire Leffingwell

Hello! My name is Claire Leffingwell, and I am the 2019 High School Leadership Academy Fellow. I am a junior at Washburn University studying Psychology with a minor in Leadership Studies. I am originally from Stillwater, Oklahoma and I graduated from Stillwater High School. On campus, I am involved in many organizations! Along with being a member of the WU Leadership Institute, I am a member of the Marching Blues drumline, the Percussion Ensemble, Alpha Lambda Delta freshman honor society, Psi Chi psychology honor society, and I am a First Year Experience Peer Educator. In the Topeka community, I serve as a member of the Board of Directors for the United Way of Greater Topeka, and I work at Family Service and Guidance Center as an Attendant Care Provider. In my free time, I love to spend time with friends, attend musical and theatrical performances, and hammock!

My favorite aspect of Topeka is the sense of togetherness and community pride. When I moved here from a different city (and state) to attend Washburn University, I remember being blown away by the way the Topeka and Shawnee County community came together to make changes in the community that would impact everyone! 

My favorite leadership quote is: “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”—John F. Kennedy. If you aren’t learning, you aren’t truly leading!

I am so excited to be planning the 2019 High School Leadership Academy. Go Bods!

2019 HSLA Peer Mentors will be determined in October 2018.

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