On Friday, 31 January, six Wheatley juniors attended the annual Student-Athletes as School Leaders Conference at Hofstra University. Organized by the Nassau County High School Principals Association, Nassau County Physical Education Consortium and the Hofstra School of Education, the purpose of this conference is to celebrate, support and encourage positive student leadership throughout Nassau County school districts.
Student-athlete leaders have the chance to meet their counterparts from other high schools and share ideas about the meaning and significance of leadership. The day includes keynote addresses; focused dialogue between student leaders, coaches, athletic directors and principals; and training in communication skills.
The Wheatley students selected to participate in this conference were:
- Juliana Anteri
- Ryan Bogan
- Angel Chavez
- Nadav Cohen
- Jason Tagios
- Brianna Werny
The keynote speaker at this year’s conference was Erik Johnson, former Division I Women’s Basketball head coach. Mr. Johnson spoke to students about finding their passion for the game, finding their “why” for their sport, and taking responsibility and leadership for actions big and small within a team.