Students take charge at summer camp
August 27, 2013
By Neil Pierson
With the start of the 2013-14 school year on the immediate horizon, students at Skyline High School are looking to make an impression on their first days back in the classroom.
Eight students from Skyline participated in a popular and long-running leadership camp known as Mount Adams, one of six camps held over the summer with the support of the Association of Washington School Principals.
The Mount Adams camp took place July 18-23 at the Cispus Learning Center near Randle. The six-day event puts high-school students in a communal environment where they not only share sleeping quarters and meals, but also learn a lot about each other and how to affect positive change within their schools.
At Mount Adams, the 350 participants were split into smaller groups, or councils. They had a seminar each night, and there was a lot of discussion about accepting differences among people.
Three plateau schools — Eastside Catholic High, Skyline and Eastlake — have formed a “tri-school council” that meets every month during the school year to discuss community-building activities. They created Plateau Pink Day as a breast cancer awareness event, but it has evolved into much more in recent years — a way to set aside differences.
The Skyline students in attendance were Andrew Corbett, Gauri Sharma, Hamilton Wasnick, Jake Barokas, Sarika Ghangurde, Kristina Helling, Toria Baker and Tony Elevathingal.
Additionally, Skyline graduates Kati Simpson and Olivia Fuller served on the camp counseling staff.