Regardless of their ages and experience levels, participants in Lehman High School’s (LHS) Leadership Summit last month discovered they had a great deal in common.
The first Leadership Summit, the brainchild of Kyle Mayor Mike Gonzalez, drew six community leaders and nearly 40 student leaders to one room to try to identify and describe leadership qualities.
“Half of these students are our formal leaders and half are our informal leaders: those students who possess leadership skills but are not in a formal leadership positions,” said LHS Principal Elsa Hinojosa. “I want our students to see how these leaders in the community have overcome obstacles. I predict the students will be able to relate to many of those obstacles and to identify many of those characteristics for success.”
Attendees included Buda City Councilmember and former Kyle Mayor Kyle Sandra Tenorio, Executive Director of the Kyle Area Chamber of Commerce (KACC) Ray Hernandez, Gonzalez, business owner and member of the Kyle Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) Ruben Lopez, Vice President of Medical Affairs for Seton Hospital Patrick Garcia, and family physician in the Kyle and San Marcos communities Fransisco Hernandez. These participants answered questions from students and offered life advice.
“I’ve learned a great deal today about these individuals (on the panel),” Mayor Gonzalez said. “One of the great motivators for each of them is the opportunity to help people, to give back to the community.”
Sandra Tenorio said to the students, “I expect you to do what you said you were going to do. Nobody has it easy. Just because you come up against an obstacle … you have to live up to your potential. Allow yourself to be absorbed in the college life.”
Said Hernandez, “Don’t do anything without passion and desire. Set a goal and write it down. Make a commitment to yourself. If you don’t write it down, it’s a hope.”
Said Hernandez, “Volunteer. It helps life skills and you meet different people. You get a different perspective on life.”