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Schmaltz selected for seminar

By Staff | May 2, 2014

Bryce Berginski/PCT RHS sophomore Ashley Schmaltz will attend the North Dakota Leadership Seminar, which takes place May 30 through June 1 at University of Mary.

For most students in North Dakota, school is over by the second-to-the-last week in May. For Rugby High School sophomore Ashley Schmaltz, May 30 to June 1 will be three days of learning, particularly new skills in the areas of leadership and volunteerism.

Two weeks ago, Schmaltz was selected to represent RHS at the North Dakota Leadership Seminar, which will take place for three days at the University of Mary campus in Bismarck. Counselor Julie Sjol had approached her about going. According to a press release, Schmaltz was selected “because of her demonstrated service and leadership abilities in school as well as continued involvement in her community.”

Schmaltz is involved in Student Council, Future Business Leaders of America, and organizing and fundraising efforts for a possible school trip to Peru. As a part of Little’s Flower Catholic Church’s CYO, Schmaltz is involved in more community service projects.

“I feel honored to have been selected to go for our school,” Schmaltz said. “I’m excited to go and see what it’s like and then to see what different leadership skills I can learn and better myself in that way.”

Schmaltz found out more about the seminar from a friend, senior Amber Jaeger. Jaeger attended the leadership seminar two years ago.

“It’s a very good program to go to,” Schmaltz said. “You learn lots of leadership skills that are helpful and make a lot of new friends.

The North Dakota Leadership Seminar is a non-profit organization and it has been active since 1981. Every spring it gathers 110 high school sophomores from around the state.

Schmaltz is the daughter of Nick and Jacinta Schmaltz, Rugby.

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