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High School Students Participate in NYSPHSAA Section III Leadership Academy

High School Students attending Leadership Conference

On October 31st, high school student athletes from around Section III participated in a Leadership Academy lead by NYSPHSAA Section III and the Vinciguerra Consulting Group. Cortland hosted the southern schools in Section III.

After being welcomed, the student-leaders from around the region broke out into small groups to go through modules on adversity, character, sportsmanship, attitude, courage and being a role model. One task for example, was for students to reflect on ways they can be a better role model and think of role models they have in their own life.

Tim Wagoner, Athletic Director at Cortland Enlarged City School District said, “last year we were involved in this program for the first year and met at Jamesville Dewitt HS. This year there was more interest by additional schools, so the Athletic Directors decided to expand the Leadership Academy to five locations throughout Section III. Cortland, being located in the southern part of Section III, was chosen to host the southern location for the Leadership Academy. This was a unique opportunity for student athletes to work on team building skills and develop relationships with student athletes from other schools.”

Hannah Partigianoni, a 10th grader at Cortland High School is a three sport athlete at Cortland. She plays hockey, lacrosse and soccer. Hannah was participated in the Leadership Academy along with other student athletes. Hannah said, “I wanted to go to the Leadership Academy because I am seen as a leader in my school and community. I hope to gain more knowledge about what it takes for me to develop my leadership skills since I am on several sports teams.”

After each module was completed, the culmination of the Leadership Academy is for the students to come up with an idea for a service learning project to give back to their local communities. Cortland hopes to host this conference again in the future for the Section III NYSPHSAA.


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