St. Patrick Catholic High School Senior Hayden Miller recently attended the 19th Annual Summer Leadership Institute for High School Students, taking place June 24 through July 27, 2018.
The Summer Leadership Institute for High School Students is a partnership between the University of Mississippi’s Lott Leadership Institute and the Division of Outreach’s Summer College for High School Students. The goals of the program are to develop leadership skills in young citizens and prepare them for college. In order to achieve these goals, the Summer Leadership Institute brings together student leaders from across the Southeast to earn college credit on the UM campus and to begin the study of leadership.
Included in the program are opportunities to mingle with college administrators, student leaders, and community leaders while participating in current event debates, discussions, and decision-making activities. The program culminates with a one-week trip to Washington, D.C., during which the participants see the federal government in action, hear from national leaders, and tour the nation’s Capitol. The ideal outcome is for students who complete the program to return to their high schools and put their new skills to work for the betterment of their own schools and communities.
The most interesting part about the Lott Institute was the ability to form close relationships with people all over the country who had the same interests as me. We ended up being almost like a family. The thing I enjoyed most about the Lott Institute was being able to travel to D.C. and meet my congressman and the two Mississippi senators as well as watch a vote from the gallery of the U.S. Senate. It was very surreal seeing so many senators that are on the television every night in person. I plan to implement the leadership skills I have formed to help become a better Student Council member and become more active in leadership at school. – Hayden Miller