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Suburban Council Leadership ConferenceColumbia High School Student Council hosted the annual Suburban Council Leadership Conference on Tuesday at The College of Saint Rose in Albany. They organized the event around the theme of “Understanding Obstacles within Leadership,” and gathered with more than 150 students from 10 different local high schools.

Students at the conference participated in breakout sessions that fostered team building, collaboration and problem solving.

They also heard from a series of speakers, including Superintendent Jeff Simons, Assistant Superintendent James McHugh, founder and CEO of Tangible Development Sujata Chaudhry and Sweethearts and Heroes motivational speakers Tom Murphy and Rick Yarosh.

Columbia’s Student Council members planned the entire program and Executive Board President Lilly Hutton served as master of ceremonies.

“At the end of the conference, several advisors from the other Suburban Council schools mentioned how impacted their students were by our guest speakers, as well as how meaningful they found the activities,” said Chelsea Dyer who advises Columbia Student Council along with Kelley Sheraw. “After working for so many months on the details of this day, we are very proud of how seamlessly our students ran such an important event. They should be very proud of themselves.”