Leading in the region with my blinders on, until now

2013-10-21T09:53:00Z 2013-10-21T10:01:07Z Leading in the region with my blinders on, until nowDaisy Heath | Hebron High School nwitimes.com
October 21, 2013 9:53 am  • 

HEBRON | Daisy Heath is a junior at Hebron High School. She is an active member in the Hebron Chapter of National Honor Society and excels in her academics. Daisy enjoys spending time and working with little children at her job at the local daycare, Kids Kingdom. On top of being a role model and leadership figure, she is a very determined individual. She has recently lost seventy pounds which is one of her greatest accomplishments. In her future she hopes to become a pediatric nurse and someday travel abroad to work in third-world countries.

In October of last year, I was presented the most incredible opportunity to apply for the South Shore Leadership Youth for Community Engagement (SLYCE) Program. A prestigious one-year curriculum offered to 50 young leaders in the Northwest Indiana (NWI) region. With a busy schedule filled with many extracurricular activities I was not entirely sure whether I should take on another commitment but I was positive I was not going to pass up a once in a lifetime chance like this. I filled out my application, not fully understanding what I had just gotten myself into. After an intense but welcoming interview, orientation, and getting through the big first session, I knew that this group was top notch and that I was in an elite organization among the greatest young leaders that Northwest Indiana has to offer.

So now that I knew I was in an advantageous program, I still had to figure out what I would be doing for the next eleven months that I was in it. As each session came and went, hearing from successful leaders in the area and listening to their incredible stories I could see how much the SLYCE program had impacted me in such a short time. This one single program had changed my view of an area in which I have lived in and been a part of for seventeen years. I have seen the sustainability, the equity, the economy, and the environment of the NWI region and have fallen in love with it. Visiting local college campuses in the region where each of the sessions are held and taking bus tours of the towns and cities that we are in for the day has opened my

eyes to a whole new place. The assets that we have here in the Region are immaculate and surely eye opening if you just take a step back and look at it all.

I have lived in Northwest Indiana my whole life, and ever since I was little I have always dreamed of that perfect place where I would move to after I finished college. Somewhere along the beach, somewhere where it was cold, somewhere where I would have acres of land, somewhere in a city, and I even dreamed of ending up somewhere out in the boondocks. Being a part of SLYCE, I have finally realized my dream place to live and share my leadership abilities for the rest of my life. A place I already call my home, Northwest Indiana. There is no place that I would rather be and no place that I would rather lead in.

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