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      Widener Maguire Scholars Facilitate Leadership Training

      Jessica Kowalski, management, operations management, ‘18

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      Widener student Jessica Kowalski was among the facilitators for Maguire High School Leadership Day.

      On Nov. 11, Widener hosted the third-annual Maguire Leadership Day for students who attend Catholic high schools in Philadelphia. The Maguire Foundation, a generous Widener supporter, provides service-based scholarships for select high schools and universities.

      These students have demonstrated a dedication to community service and exceptional leadership throughout their activities. They must maintain above a 3.0 grade point average and have a service hour requirement that increases with each grade level.

      The Maguire Scholars Program on the collegiate level is overseen by Assistant Dean Gretchen Mielke of the Office of Civic Engagement. She coordinates with Dr. Arthur Schwartz, director of the Oskin Leadership Institute, to organize the annual event.

      Maguire High School Leadership Day is a developmental opportunity for the college students as much as it is for the high school students. Both groups are able to learn from their experiences and the measures that they take to implement the "Six Steps of Success" into their lives.

      The six steps, presented by James Maguire, are based on the core values of preparation, passion, integrity, discipline, responsibility and balance. The high school students break out into smaller groups of about 10 students and have two or three Widener facilitators to lead their day of reflection and growth.

      This year, the focus for the high school juniors was balance and preparation. Widener students provided examples of how they incorporate those two values into their daily lives as college students.

      The high school students expressed similar challenges with managing their athletics, school work, social lives and even motivation. Both the facilitators and students were able to think of ways for the other to achieve their school-year and career goals.

      Schwartz also invited two recent graduates, Talcia Campbell and Michael Dixon, to share their experiences and demonstrate their present day success.

      After reflecting on goals and personal values, the high school students were given the opportunity to develop and share a personal leadership philosophy. Facilitators shared their philosophies, quotes and motivational anecdotes and students thought of their own, which will be shared with the Maguire Foundation.

      As part of the program, I can say that it was rewarding for Widener's Maguire Scholars to contribute to the development of a younger generation of scholars who may one day be our successors at Widener.

      It is gratifying that this is part of the legacy we will leave behind at Widener. The Maguire Foundation has allowed tremendous opportunities for the students who receive the scholarships. We are grateful to be able to attend a private university that values civic engagement as much as Widener does.


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