Valley Stream Cultivates Leadership Qualities Among Student Athletes

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On Feb. 1, a total of 18 student athletes and seven staff members from Valley Stream Central, North and South high schools attended the 15th Annual Student-Athletes as School Leaders Conference at Hofstra University. This event, sponsored by the Nassau County High School Principals' Association, teaches student-athletes how to become triple-impact competitors, influencing sports on three levels by working to improve themselves, teammates and the game as a whole.

These steps align with principles presented to coaches and parents, essentially streamlining their efforts and priorities and those of the athletes. The conference can aid in competitive performance as athletes look within themselves to reach a higher level of play and encourage teammates to follow suit. 

Following the opening keynote address from this year's guest speaker, Aric Jackson, the student athletes broke out into small groups to participate in various workshops.  After enjoying lunch with students from all over Nassau County, student athletes were asked to share with the group what concepts and skills they learned throughout the morning. The afternoon keynote address focused on encouraging the student athletes and coaches to continue to teach, inspire and be positive leaders to help everyone pursue their goals and dreams.

In attendance were students Armani O'Brady, Ahunna Okoko, Brandon Lee, Nadia Ernert, Jerahmeel Mendoza, and Danielle Myers from Central; Juel Charles, Joe Gisonda, Joe Munson,  Katie Hawkins, Victoria Rossetti, and Jacob Schoenfeld from North and Breana Pellicane, Dahlia Woodley, Chibugo Obichere, Deana Martin, Liam Tormey, and Steven Lopeck from South. They were accompanied by District Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics Scott Stueber and staff members John Kostkowicz (South), Joe Guastafeste (South), Dan Tronolone IV (North), Mary Parisi (North), Mike Frazer (North) and Mike Rubino (Central).