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Lafayette High student puts leadership into practice

By: Bonnie Krueger

Thomas Trout, a student at Lafayette High, recently put leadership into practice by attending the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Leadership in Practice program.

Trout joined more than 120 high school students who were selected as future leaders from schools all across the state. The Leadership in Practice program was held on the campus of  Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri.

All participants were rising sophomores. With help from Missouri business leaders, civic leaders and educators, the students learned firsthand about how to successfully work together as a team and individually as a leader.

Working in small groups during the Entrepreneurship Challenge, the students developed business plans for a new product or service. During a Model UN simulation, students engaged in debate on nuclear weapons. Participants also were encouraged to set goals to further develop their leadership skills and were challenged to go back to their schools and communities to play more active roles in leading their peers.

Thomas Trout, a student from Lafayette High, from 2017 Leadership in Practice sponsored by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce

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