The Cactus Canyon Junior High School National Junior Honor Society recently participated in the Disney Youth Education Series Leadership Program in Anaheim, California The students practiced overcoming obstacles by working as a team and thinking creatively to develop solutions. Disney workshop leaders incorporated exercises that reinforce courage, curiosity, teamwork, and constancy to give students the confidence to set goals and accomplish their dreams.
“It was a wonderful experience,” stated advisor Tammy Howard. “This is the first year NJHS has participated in the program, and we look forward to continuing this opportunity.”
“The field trip to Disneyland was definitely an experience I will never forget,” commented NJHS vice president Alaya Walton. “The trip was definitely interesting in such that you got to see how Disneyland worked as far as the rides and attractions. I very much liked the educational part of it. It was really fun to get to know your leadership trainer and understand the true ethics of being a phenomenal leader.”
“The program taught me to express myself freely,” said NJHS member Dillon Evans. “And it also taught me that it’s OK to fail sometimes. We all learn from our mistakes and I have Walt Disney to show as an example of that.”
Club sponsors Ms. Howard and Paige Reesor organized pre-training activities that were done with the students before leaving for the trip on Thursday night April 23, The students were able to spend time at Disneyland and California Adventures as well as engaging in the leadership program.
Forty-nine students and chaperones attended the workshop. The trip was paid through student fundraising efforts.
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