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Pioneer Valley High School student leaders attended the CADA/CASL (California
Association of Directors of Activities/California Association of Student Leaders) Student
Leadership Conference at the Ventura County Fairgrounds and have returned to
motivate others.

More than 1,000 student leaders participated in the one-day event (Nov. 5) where they learned to
inspire others on campus, reach out, and increase student participation in activities, according to
Lisa Walters, director of activities.

Panther Student Council Secretary Joe Codamos described the learning experience as

“Every student is part of PVHS, and this was a good way to learn how to reach them,’’ Codamos said.

The workshops included “Student Leadership 101: Getting Back to Basics”, “Smart
Social Media”, “Speaking Their Language” and “Teambuilding 101.’’

Students also listened to a few motivational speakers. Dee Hankins, who spent 18 years of his life
moving from foster home to foster home, told the group that sometimes it just takes one person to
give you the inspiration to keep going and to trust yourself. Houston
Kraft talked about how the concept love and kindness is often missing in our society.

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