Tabor College Presidential Leadership Scholars Win Leadership Challenge Event

April 09, 2014

Categories: General News

The Tabor College Presidential Leadership Scholars competed at the 4th annual Leadership Challenge Event April 3-4 at Washburn University in Topeka, Kan. The event, sponsored by Washburn and the Kansas Expocentre, welcomed participants from 19 high schools and seven colleges to compete against one another on different academic levels.

A team of five scholars from Tabor College participated in the event; Matthew Wiebe, senior; Maci Root, sophomore; Ashley Kemling, junior; Tena Loewen, freshman and Tristin Long, junior.

Other colleges competing in the LCE included University of Nebraska, Ft. Hays State, Florida Gulf Coast and Southwestern.

The competition challenged teams given a real-life scenario. They had to react to the information given, collaborate with individual ideas and make decisions when new information was given. The students were judged for their presentations, critical thinking, written work, as well as how they worked together and communicated.

The PLS students from Tabor College were awarded the most outstanding team honor.

“Overall the experience was different and unexpected, yet positive,” Long said. “It tested our ability to work on the fly and pushed us. It made us realize there are things we can do that some of us didn’t know we could do.”

“They did an amazing job,” Jim Paulus, vice president of student life at Tabor College, said, “and a couple of the judges made it a point to let me know how well our team worked together.”

Tabor College President Jules Glanzer echoed Paulus’ excitement.

“This is a significant accomplishment for these students and validates the Presidential Leadership Program,” Glanzer said. “The students who are part of the PLP are high quality students that have leadership capacity. Their experience at Tabor is shaping them to be leaders in their respective fields once they graduate.”