40 LHS students experience leadership event in Marysville

40 LHS students experience leadership event in Marysville
Posted on 02/15/2018

The gym at Marysville was rocking and rolling with 2,500 students from around the region engaged in learning about school culture and leadership. And the 40 students from Lynden High School were no different, actively participating in the Jostens event focused on creating great high school environments.

Lynden brought a combination of ASB leaders and students from the Leadership class, under the direction of Mike McKee and Blake VanDalen, to the Jostens Renaissance Find Your Grind Tour event. “The place was totally electric,” McKee says. “Everyone in the gym was up on their feet and dancing, everyone was dressed in school garb from head to toe. It was really, really neat.”

The event included speakers to excite and invigorate the 2,500 student leaders and breakout sessions that allowed students from multiple schools to share ideas for how to improve and maintain a quality school culture.

“It was about getting students excited to lead and embracing ways to go about that,” McKee says. “We are trying to find ways to change our culture to embrace everybody and give them a voice so they are heard and seen and continue to work toward that.”

McKee says students live in a constant challenge of improving the school culture and the leadership group will gather soon to review the event and identify two or three strategies they plan to incorporate into lasting change at Lynden High School. McKee says the event really allowed them to focus on meaningful change and not one-and-done ideas.

The event was so powerful, McKee says he hopes more students will take part from Lynden next year. “Our goal is to bring two buses,” he says. “We want to bring as many kids who want to go and are serious about shaping the culture of our building.”