Today I learned how to be a better leader, what skills I have to be a leader, and how to improve my community through my actions. I'm gonna use these skills to include others more and promote my community to others.   - Eliott Peterman

My name is Alex Wattermann and I am a sophomore at Prior Lake high school. Today me and some other members went to Gustavus to learn how to become better leaders. At one point during the day we said what we were thankful for in general and for today. I said I was thankful for my family, who always supports me and is always there for me. For what I am thankful for today was a great learning experience about ways to become a better leader and that it's not always going to be easy.   - Alex Wattermann

Hi, my name is Rachael, and I go to the Minnetonka high school. I went to the Gustavus Step Up leadership program and it was a lot more different than I thought it would be, but in a good way of course. The Step Up leadership program teaches a lot more than just asserting yourself into a community and believing in yourself. It teaches that all leaders have different strengths. Whether it be a humorous person that can put a smile on everyone's faces, or the ability to be brave even when you're afraid. After the seminars we all went to lunch. Where let me tell you, is true when they say that Gustavus has one of the best cafeteria in America. This cafeteria had foods ranging from pasta, spicy foods, burgers, to even doughnuts. When we finished eating the leaders asked questions about what we are thankful for, what something special we learnt, and how we would use this knowledge to make a positive impact in our community. Then came the graduation ceremony. In this ceremony you go up in front of everyone receive your "diploma" and t-shirt, but while you were up there in front of everyone you had to say one thing that you are going to commit to. During this time I was freaking out, trying to think of something that I could say in front of everyone. I ended up saying that I commit to being a better leader among my peers at school. And every time a member of our group was up there Pastor Adam cheered super loud, which was hilarious. After all of that I am very thankful for this opportunity, and I am looking forward to doing more leadership in the future.
   - Rachael

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