QUEENSBURY - A total of 167 teen-aged and pre-teen students from 24 area schools convened at a Leadership Conference held Nov. 3 at the Great Escape Lodge. Hosted by the Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES, the event showcased Saratoga Springs author and motivational speaker Jay Rifenbary who spoke about how to attain success by overcoming the challenges in life.
Rifenbary, the author of "No Excuses," advised the students to achieve their full potential by directing their own lives and embracing their misfortunes. He urged them to reflect on their losses as a way to become a better person at home and at school.
After lunch, David Ashdown, coordinator for instructional technology integration programs, spoke to students about cyber-safety and gaining awareness of the impact and consequences online explorations.
The students were selected to attend the event by their teachers and guidance counselors. They came from the 31 districts that comprise the regional BOCES as well as students from BOCES' Alternative High School, F. Donald Myers Education Center and the Southern Adirondack Education Center.