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Rocky Heights Middle School promotes youth leadership

These outstanding eighth grade students were chosen to serve as school leaders at Rocky Heights Middle School. Castle Pines resident Phoebe Tweed is excited for her year. “I’m looking forward to giving presentations to classes and helping other students be successful in middle school,” Tweed remarked.

By Amy Shanahan; photo by Dave Tweed

Rocky Heights Middle School (RHMS) is excited to kick off the school year with a new program for a select group of eighth grade students. Twenty-seven students were chosen through an application and interview process to serve as leaders and mentors throughout the upcoming school year in the new B.A.S.E. leadership program.

B.A.S.E. stands for “Be A Steward of Excellence” and the selected students will do just that. Last year after they were chosen, these students participated in several hours of training in such areas as problem solving, leading discussions, and conflict resolution. Throughout the upcoming school year, the kids will be working in classrooms to ignite cultural change by promoting character education throughout the building. They will be working with their peers to discuss the differences between conflict and true bullying and will serve as intermediaries during conflicts.

Additionally, these student leaders will lead new student tours and be available to answer questions about the school at various events like Back to School Night.

Eighth grade counselor Clark Wilhelm oversees the program with his fellow counselors and remarked, “This group of kids is an especially diverse group who will be able to reach out to our entire community. They are willing to take risks in front of their peers which is so admirable in students this age.”

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