PCA juniors Ben Echols, Olivia Hamilton, Madison Hanson, Andrew Raife, and Nicholas Stephenson represented Prattville Christian Academy at the Presidential Leadership Institute in York, Nebraska under the direction of Julie Warlick, Student Affairs Director.
The Presidential Leadership Institute (PLI) is a national leadership development program among Christian high schools, specifically designed for high achieving students in grades 10-12. The weeklong program is dedicated to leadership development and character building through interactive programs, discussions and leadership industry expert speakers.
“The PLI experience for our students opened their eyes to the different ways a person can lead,” said Julie Warlick. “Our students gained valuable insight into how to serve, plan, collaborate, communicate, and respect their peers. They came home with a deep desire to help create a culture of “speaking life” into others.”
More than 30 students from Alabama, Florida, Texas, Colorado, and Oklahoma attended the Institute, which was established after York College partnered with Strata Leadership, LLC – the largest character-based leadership company in the world. The students returned from their experience energized to become change agents at PCA and within the community. “PLI was a great experience where I was given a new perspective on what it takes to be a leader,” said Nicholas Stephenson. “Everything that happened at PLI has given our group the mindset and capability to bring something back to PCA that should help ease some of the negativity and stress between classmates.”
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