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23nd annual MAAP STARS Leadership Conference

McKinley students participate in 23nd annual MAAP STARS Leadership Conference


Six students and two staff members from the St. Cloud Area Learning Center participated in the 23rd annual MAAP STARS Leadership Conference on November 9th and 10th.  The conference was hosted by Camp Ripley and involved over 150 students from alternative schools and charter schools from around the state.


Each fall, the Leadership Conference offers a chance for member schools to send students and staff to the two day workshop in order to develop leadership skills, teamwork, and time to organize events for the year.  In addition, a new team of student officers is elected to represent the organization and assist in planning and implementing this year’s activities. 


Participants in this year’s conference were Maya Cloud, Cynthia Grover, Hailey Holm, Dylan Hanratty, McKyle Nelson, and Arbrianna Young.  Mike Myers-Schleif and Konie Brudwick accompanied the students to Camp Ripley and served as co-chairs of the conference.


The St. Cloud Area Learning Center is a member of the Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs (MAAP).  STARS is the acronym for the student wing of the organization, which stands for Success, Teamwork, Achievement, Recognition, and Self-Esteem.


Students at the McKinley are able to participate in MAAP STARS due a District 742 LEAF grant.

Arbrianna Young, Maya Cloud, Hailey Holm, Cynthia Grover, McKyle Nelson, Dylan Hanratty
McKyle Nelson, Dylan Hanratty Cynthia Grover, Maya Cloud, Arbrianna Young, Hailey Holm Front Row: Cynthia Grover, Maya Cloud, McKyle Nelson, Arbrianna Young Back Row: Dylan Hanratty, Dr. Derek Greenfield, Derek E Students from alternative and charter schools from across Minnesota delivered their speeches before the election of the MAAP