Elkhart Latino Students to Participate in State Leadership Conference

Seven high school students from Elkhart Community Schools will join more than 100 other Latino students from throughout Indiana June 8-14 for Project Stepping Stone, a statewide leadership conference sponsored by the National Society of Hispanic MBAs.

This is Elkhart’s first year to participate in the annual conference. Elkhart students selected to attend this year’s program are Iris Herrera, A. Emmanuel Gonzalez, Estefania Garces, and Mirray Zagal from Memorial High School, and Hugo Manriquez, Karla Madrigal, and Daniel Chairez from Central.

During the conference, the students will participate in a variety of leadership building activities including an obstacle course challenge, etiquette classes, and resume writing and interviewing sessions.

They will also visit several corporations, such as Cummins in Columbus and Lilly, Inc., in Indianapolis.

The students will stay on three campuses throughout the week—IUPUI, Marian College, and Ball State University—where they will have the opportunity to live in a dorm and experience college life.

The Elkhart students will use journals to document their experiences, and will use their writings to share these experiences with their teachers and classmates when they return to school next August

The selection process to Project Stepping Stone was based on students’ grades, three essays, a letter of recommendation, and their community service history.

“We are proud to have seven students represent the Elkhart high schools in their first year of participation since more than 200 students apply to Project Stepping Stone,” said Ellen Krulewitch, community liaison for Central and Memorial high schools. “One of the purposes of the project is to encourage students to further their education and to attend college.