The students in Amy Metcalf’s and Ashley Meyer’s English I classes at Spencer High School attended the annual Leadership Forum held in the SHS auditorium. A panel of community leaders introduced themselves and explained their leadership roles. Students then asked questions such as: how has your leadership role changed? what traits do you look for in young leaders? and what are the positive and negative aspects of being a leader? Students will use the panel as a primary source in an upcoming leadership essay.
Panel members included: Steve Deutsch, Vice President of Operations at Spencer Hospital; Nathan Prenzlow, CEO/Executive Director of Spencer Family YMCA; Mark Warburton, Spencer Chief of Police; Melisa Lutat, Career Pathway Navigator at ILCC; Bob Fagen, Manager of the City of Spencer; Jeremy Parsons, CEO/ Manager of the Clay County Fair; Casey Timmer, Clay County Sheriff’s Office/Iowa Great Lakes Drug Task Force Director; John Conyn, Spencer Fire Chief; Paula Buenger, Spencer Daily Reporter Publisher; Steve Bomgaars, Spencer City Council; Russell Muilenburg, Pastor at Spencer Hope Reform Church; Elli Wiemers, Spencer High School Principal; Jade Beehler, Spencer High School Vice Principal; Olivia Fletcher, President of SHS National Honor Society; Hunter Miller, President of SHS student body; and Taylor Rouse, Vice President of SHS student body. Valuable advice was offered by the panel, while describing their experiences and sharing real life examples of successes and mistakes. Common themes throughout the morning included: to show initiative, be flexible, have integrity even when no one else is looking, focus and follow through, and be responsible. Hunter Miller told students to always be the best version of yourself, and Elli Wiemers reminded students that there are plenty of silent leaders not to be overlooked. Bob Fagen told students they will learn that leadership is a journey followed by Nathan Prenzlow stating that you must learn from your mistakes and move forward.