A NEW CHALLENGE
High schoolers hone leadership skills at ECU
By Kathryn Kennedy
ECU News Services
The inaugural Shelton Leadership Challenge at East Carolina University opened Sunday with a welcome from the camp’s namesake – former chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and retired U.S. Army Gen. H. Hugh Shelton.
Shelton addressed the 25 high school students who will spend the week navigating challenges and activities revolving around leadership skills and interpersonal dynamics. The residential camp agenda focuses on a series of values: Honesty, integrity, passion, diversity and social responsibility.
“In making you a better leader, we also want to make you a better person,” Shelton said.
The leadership challenge was founded by Shelton at his alma mater, N.C. State University, a decade ago. He assured students they have much to gain from the experience, and asked them to focus on learning to lead and follow, to give and accept criticism and to find ways around apparent roadblocks.
“Throughout your life – as a leader and as a person – never, ever quit,” Shelton said. “You’re only defeated if you say you’re defeated.”
This is the first year ECU has hosted the Shelton Leadership Challenge, sponsored by the Office of Engagement, Innovation and Economic Development and the Division of Student Affairs. The week will conclude with a graduation ceremony July 20.
More information about the Shelton Leadership Challenge is available online at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-admin/oeied/ECU-SLC.cfm.