For the second year in a row, the Heritage Student Government hosted the 2015 Continental League Conference. On August 28, over 300 students traveled to Denver First Church to learn how to be a better leader and impact their high schools.
Students from the 14 schools in the Continental League participated in a day of listening to speakers, attending workshops and accomplishing team building activities with their schools. Speakers included Steve Spangler teaching the science of leadership, Dr. Jackson with Project Cure, Kevin Keena with how to grow an organization, and the keynote speaker Mike Smith, who made a stop on his tour for The Harbor.
Mike Smith calls himself a “Professional skateboarder that gets to speak to teens.” He travels the country telling his story about when he was a young boy growing up as a skater and moving to a small town in Nebraska. His whole life flipped around and he became the school jerk. When he met Calvin his senior year, Smith’s life took a u-turn again and he focused on giving socks to the homeless and making sure no one felt like a ghost. He has inspired many kids to take action in their schools and communities. He also helped create the “Dude. Be nice,” a campaign for anti-bullying.
“Y’all are family. Y’all are supposed to help each other. Then you get sick of each other and then you talk about each other behind their backs. That’s when you need to change your school,” says Mike Smith during this keynote speech.
This year the conference focused on changing school culture and how to be a better leader. Students were elected from different organizations and teachers at their school so they could learn how to make their program better.
“Mike Smith was an amazing speaker. His message was truly impactful and he really knows how to speak to teenagers,” says Mark King ’16, varsity football player at Highlands Ranch High School who attended the conference.
The Heritage student government hopes that leaders across the Continental League schools gained valuable information to take back to their schools to build a better community and school culture.by