North Royalton City Schools News Article

Aspiring Middle School Leaders Participate in Annual Conference at North Royalton Middle School

Keith Hawkins, leadership conference with middle school students

Keith Hawkins, one of North America's top youth speakers, presented to North Royalton Middle School (NRMS) on Tuesday, January 23. The presentation was entitled, "Leaving Footprints in the Lives of the Human Race." The goal of the presentation was to help students build meaningful relationships with each other.

Hawkins’ was the keynote speaker for the NRMS Middle Level Leadership Conference. North Royalton Middle School students welcomed peers from Mayfield Middle School, Bay Middle School, Strongsville Middle School, Brecksville/Broadview Heights Middle School, Shiloh Middle School, Kimpton Middle School, Memorial Junior High, Harmon Middle School, Nordonia Middle School, and Willetts Middle School.  During the day, the students enjoyed Hawkins’ keynote presentation, along with breakout sessions and plenty of time for networking and making new friends.

“Our hope is that students realize that leadership doesn't have to come with a title or by doing some grand task or performance,” said Superintendent Greg Gurka, North Royalton City Schools.  “Powerful leadership comes from the example students set for one another and the passion and inspiration that they give to others.  As Hawkins told the students at Leadership Conference, ‘You’re not good. You’re better than good!’  At North Royalton City Schools, our goal is to always focus on moving from good to great.  By developing future leaders, we are realizing our goal...and their potential.”

“I have no doubt that Mr. Hawkins message resonated with our students,” said Principal Jeff Cicerchi, North Royalton Middle School.  “After his all-school assembly and in the days following the Leadership Conference, student after student commented, ‘Better than good!’ when I would ask how they were doing.  His positive message certainly impacted many and I am confident that our students will continue to make a difference and inspire greatness in those around them.”

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