Students place in Washburn University's Leadership Challenge Event

04/13/16 sds
HAYS, Kan. - Five Fort Hays State University students from the Department of Leadership Studies recently placed second overall in the college division of Washburn University's Leadership Challenge.

The annual challenge provides students an opportunity to participate in simulations of real-world challenges. This year, students were challenged to attract a Fortune 500 candy company to the fictional city of Metropolis, Kansas.

"The Leadership Challenge event not only helped me develop as a more effective leader, but it allowed me to create relationships with my teammates and advisors," said Kylee Loneker, Lawrence senior. "The support from my teammates allowed me to learn from their abilities, grow with them from our weaknesses and develop strong bonds that will last a lifetime."

"The lessons that I learned through the simulation helped me realize my potential as a leader and showed me that I can have more confidence in my abilities," she said.

Students were accompanied by Kaley Klaus, lecturer in leadership studies, and Dr. Jeni McRay, assistant professor of leadership studies.

Four other students participated: Kevin Earthsoul, Omaha, Neb., senior; Kendahl Garret, Hays junior; Russell Mortinger, Hays senior; and Ashley Templeton, Wilson junior.

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