Going into senior year my grade was accepting the mantle of leadership of the St. George's community. We were told that this is what would be expected from us since we started the sixth grade, but now that we are wrapping our senior year some of us still feel weird being the role models of the school.
For so long we had always been looking up to the grades above us for some sort of guidance. Now that we are at the top we have to rely on what we have learned from the people who came before us and the teachers who molded us into the students we are today. And from the looks of how our grade has been doing I would say they did a pretty good job.
It has become pretty clear that our school has been molding us to become leaders of our generation as well as leaders of the school. We have been given so many opportunities to learn the values and skills that will be required of future leaders. To me the one that stands out the most would have to be the Institute for Citizenship.
Run buy our eccentric and charismatic teacher, Mr. Hills, the Institute focuses on shaping its members into model citizens who seek to make a positive difference in the world. The class has offered us the chance to do extraordinary things. We have sat down and had in depth conversations with top diplomats. We traveled to San Diego to conduct scientific test and discuss the state of our environment with some of the world's most prestigious marine scientists at the Scripps Institute. We then passed on this information to the seventh graders whom we gave a lesson on water conservation to.
We also got to experience the joy of service. We put shoes on the feet of refugee children when we participated in the Samaritans Feet shoe distribution. We also got the chance to work alongside some great senior citizens as they helped distribute meals and offer companionship to those who could no longer take care of themselves.
What the institute has taught me is that being a leader is not about talk. Anyone can give a eloquent speech on how to solve a problem, but only a few people have the courage to go out and do the work to get that job done. Being a leader is not only about risking your physical well being. It is also about having the moral courage to stand up for what is right even when it is not popular.
When it comes to taking the lead in the school community Dalton Reese embodies the values of leadership that
St. George's has instilled in everyone of us.
If there is a student section in need of hype, Dalton is there.
If there is a team in need of leading, Dalton is there.
If there is a class without a clown, Dalton is there.
Dalton is a true leader in any environment. He has a uncanny ability to rally people together to solve a problem. So it should come as no surprise that Dalton was voted by his peers to be a prefect. Dalton's leadership could be attributed to may things. It might be his charismatic nature or maybe the way he treats others with the respect they deserve. But I believe that Dalton's success is a result of something more subtle.
When Dalton volunteered to teach lesson in our Applied Math class with Mr. Timmons I was kind of shocked. Dalton isn't really a math guy, but as always he somehow found a way to rally the class together to grasp the concepts we were trying to learn.
After the lesson I began to notice something about Dalton. While he is a thriving extrovert, whenever someone is taking he takes the time to actively listen. A lot of type A personalities seem to just talk for the sake of being heard, but in the case of Dalton he has learned to only take the lead in a conversation when he can actually add something to it. He allows everyone else to contribute and he uses his time observing to create a plan of action.
The only way he was able to teach the lesson that day was because he had the moral courage to sit back and listen to everyone else's feedback. A more cocky person might have gone into that lesson thinking that they knew everything there is to know about math. But Dalton seems to recognize that the key to being a successful leader is the dedication to being a lifelong learner.
My interview with Dalton shows that through all of his achievements Dalton has still remained the humble and caring friend I have always known him to be.