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    Four Colorado residents selected to attend Summer Leadership and Character Development Academy in Quantico, VA



    Story by Sgt. Benjamin Pryer 

    8th Marine Corps District

    Four high school students from Colorado were selected to attend the Summer Leadership and Character Development Academy, a week-long event held in Quantico, VA. This year’s academy will take place July 16 – 22.
    The goal of SLCDA is to return students back to their communities more confident, selfless and better equipped to improve the lives of those around them.
    “This is a fantastic leadership program that is unique in its approach,” said Lt. Col. Matthew Woeber, a reserve support officer assigned to Recruiting Station Denver. “SLCDA seeks college-bound students who are looking for a challenge both mentally and physically. Selection to attend is competitive and the selection board looks at students who have strong academics, solid recommendations, participation in athletics, and community involvement.”
    The Colorado attendees include Rachael Haas, Dylan Medina, Mitchell Nelson, and Frankie Trader.
    “As an up and coming youth of the next generation, I believe in the importance of bettering myself in order to help those around me,” said Haas. “Every day, I watch the struggles of the adults leading the world unfold and I cannot help but think that some of their many problems are due to getting a late start in the world of leadership. I wish to be a strong leader not only for my own generation, but for those that follow as well.”
    Over the course of the week, these students will be challenged to step outside of their comfort zones to hone their confidence and leadership skills. Guest speakers present for the academy include entrepreneurs, Holocaust survivors and Marine Corps leaders.
    “Through this once in a lifetime opportunity, I will get the chance to better my communication and direction skills, learn how to develop strong team relationships, keep my cool when faced with a stressful situation, trust those that surround me, and know when it is most vital to step up and help others carry their burdens,” said Haas. “I will be the first to admit that I have more than a few short comings when it comes to the field of leadership. There are moments when I doubt myself and my skills, and times when I grow concerned I am not carrying enough of the weight of those around me; in order to become the best future I leader I can be, whether I am leading men on the battlefield or employees in my business, I must start now.”
    Participants will interact with a diverse range of students from around the country. Physical fitness will also be emphasized through scenario-based reaction courses.
    Those interested in attending the SLCDA must have completed their sophomore year in high school, be between the ages of 16 to 18 by the program start date, have a minimum 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent, and meet several other physical and moral standards.
    Steps on when and how to apply for the SLCDA can be found at Interested applicants can also contact the RS Denver reserve support officer, Lt. Col. Woeber, at 303-522-1663.



    Date Taken: 05.30.2018
    Date Posted: 05.30.2018 17:11
    Story ID: 278903
    Location: DENVER, CO, US

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