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Leadership team addresses sensitive issues

Maria Diamond, left, and Amanda McMahon, members of Durgee Junior High’s Leadership Team, lead their peers in a discussion about the consequences of bullying.

Maria Diamond, left, and Amanda McMahon, members of Durgee Junior High’s Leadership Team, lead their peers in a discussion about the consequences of bullying. Kelly Cary

— On Oct. 21, members of Durgee Junior High School’s Leadership Team led roundtable discussions on sensitive school topics in all of the school’s eighth-grade social studies classes.

DLT members are ninth-graders who were selected for the team based on their motivation, interpersonal skills and academic achievement. The ninth-grade leaders began a dialogue with the eighth-graders about bullying, Internet safety, respecting personal space and boundaries, self-destructive behavior and time management, issues that they will most likely encounter at some point while in junior high. The DLT members designed their discussions to provide eighth-graders with strategies they can use to successfully mitigate sensitive issues.

The DLT was first formed in 2005 to draw on the strengths of the school’s student leaders in order to promote a positive learning environment. This year there are 44 DLT members. They are:

Miranda Berkebile

Grace Bianchetti

Michael Boyce

Kelsie Burke

Sam Cannon

James Caruana

Adrianna Catalino

Jeremy Cook

Tianna Coon

Marjorie Dehm

Maria Diamond

Patrick Dubiel

Daniel Engels

Katie Ennis

Erik Ferrari

Emma Funiciello

Carley Garcia

Sarah Garraffo

Taylor Gebhardt

Jarrett Gunter

Zakary Haines

Jackie Hingre

Kelly Hurley

Meghan Lacey

Christina Lake

Robert Liedka

Caroline May

Amanda McMahon

Jared Miller

Sarah Morgan

Megan Nervina

James Pelcher

Lexi Piraino

Rachel Ponto

Nicole Powers

Stephanie Roberts

Samuel Smith

Colin Spaulding

Jessica Trach

Alex Travers

Shelley Verma

Samantha Wallon

Kate Walsh

Jordan Walts

Kelly Cary is the school information officer for the Baldwinsville Central School District.

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