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Mayor, Teen Leadership students speak at  N-CMS

NEWTON, NC (Feb. 7, 2014) – Participants in Teen Leadership Newton 2013 continue to practice leadership skills on Friday as they spoke to Newton-Conover Middle School students about the transition from middle to high school. City of Newton Mayor Anne P. Stedman joined the six high school students for the presentation to the middle school students.

            Newton-Conover High School students Sophie Davis, Wilson Elliott, Rachael Hamm, Alex Howell, Sarahi Robles and Taylor Thompson spoke about the new experiences, variety of activities and importance of an education to eighth grade students. The students also touched on peer pressure, saying no to unhealthy behaviors and friends and the dangers of drug use.

The presentation at the middle school was spurred by the high school students’ participation in Teen Leadership Newton 2013, a program which culminates with students delivering a presentation to the Newton City Council on a subject they believe should be addressed in the next 10 years. This group of students selected drug abuse and immediately following their presentation to the City Council, sought to bring their message to younger students.

In April and October 2013, the high school students spoke to fourth and fifth grade students at North (previously Thornton) and South Newton elementary schools about peer pressure students may face from friends to do drugs, the perception of others regarding those who use drugs and the effect on academics and sports.

Teen Leadership Newton 2014 runs from Feb. 20 to March 18. Participants are selected by school administrators from Newton-Conover and Discovery high schools. Click here to learn more about Teen Leadership Newton.