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Student leaders impressively complete six-week ‘boot camp’

Three aviation students, who didn’t realize each other had signed up for the leadership series until their first boot camp class, enjoy the final festivities. From left: Brent H. Thomson, Kate M. Ruggiero and Kerelos M. Bekhit.
Three aviation students, who didn’t realize each other had signed up for the leadership series until their first boot camp class, enjoy the final festivities. From left: Brent H. Thomson, Kate M. Ruggiero and Kerelos M. Bekhit.
Moore delivers an inspiring talk on the initiative and persistence involved in being a leader.
Moore delivers an inspiring talk on the initiative and persistence involved in being a leader.
Amanda J. Confer (left) receives her certificate from Bressler.
Amanda J. Confer (left) receives her certificate from Bressler.

A graduation ceremony was held Monday evening for Pennsylvania College of Technology’s latest participants in Leadership Boot Camp, a six-week series designed to provide students with a set of skills that will enable them to assume leadership positions in the near future.

Twenty-seven students engaged in the optional offering for the Fall 2018 semester, covering a range of topics from effective communication to civility.

The event’s keynote speaker, Shelley L. Moore, director of career services, led students through a leadership discussion and challenged each participant to continue to identify tangible ways to build on the program’s foundation. Leadership Boot Camp facilitator, Allison A. Bressler, associate director of student activities for new student program leadership, congratulated her students for their initiative and presented each with a certificate and a professional portfolio.

Future leaders pose with their certificates …
Future leaders pose with their certificates …

The gathering was held in the Mountain Laurel Room of the Thompson Professional Development Center and featured a light buffet and refreshments.

Beginning in early October, students attended one of three weekly groups, selecting the meeting day that best aligned with their schedules. Each class crafted its own definition of leadership:

Tuesday’s class: “A leader is an attentive role model who takes initiative to pursue a goal while enabling and motivating people around them.”

Wednesday’s class: “The ability to motivate others to reach their potential.”

Thursday’s class: “A leader is who takes initiative towards a belief or action.”

Members of the Fall 2018 leadership class are:

… and celebrate their achievement!
… and celebrate their achievement!

Kerelos M. Bekhit, York, aviation technology; Jade I. Bolds, Bethlehem, pre-nursing; Jason K. Broadt, Bloomsburg, surveying technology; Amanda J. Confer, Milroy, pre-nursing; Tabitha J. Dauberman, Mifflinburg, information technology: network specialist concentration; Gwendolyn M. Evelhair, Williamsport, pre-nursing; Ryan P. Farabaugh, Cresson, information assurance and cyber security; Gabrielle R. Fries, Williamsport, physician assistant studies; Leonard K. Griswell, Williamsport, building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration; Lourdes Guzman, Williamsport, pre-radiography; Michael E. Highland II, Slatington, electronics technology: robotics and automation concentration; Christopher D. Hogan, Halifax, welding and fabrication engineering technology; Evan J. Kelbaugh, Langhorne, civil engineering technology; Perry R. Leslie Wheat, Millheim, graphic design; Sabrina Martin, Chambersburg, nursing; Wesley S. McCray, Corry, engineering design technology; Dan L. Murga, Hatfield, building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration; Michael B. Ord, Landisville, information technology sciences: gaming and simulation; Jonathan C. Pineda, Easton, heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology; Kate M. Ruggiero, Easton, aviation maintenance technology; Brent H. Thomson, of Robesonia, aviation maintenance technology; Devan C. Valentine, Tamaqua, heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology; Sophia G. Wiest, Butler, entrepreneurial innovation; Brandt N. Whitlock, Gettysburg, information technology: network specialist concentration; Emily A. Wikane, Bel Air, Maryland, applied management; Mark R. Woodring, Halifax, pre-physician assistant studies; and Latricia R. Yocum, Watsontown, physician assistant studies.