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10th annual Concord High School Student Leadership Exchange to draw 400+ students from six Bay Area/East Bay school districts


Contact:  Ursula Kroemer Leimbach / communications@mdusd.org / mobile: (760) 705-6919


10th annual Concord High School Student Leadership Exchange to draw 400+ students from six Bay Area/East Bay school districts


Student-led conference has grown from four schools to 12 for day-long event promoting collaboration, idea-sharing, and personal leadership development


WHAT:  10th Annual Concord High School Student Leadership Exchange – “Pride in the Present and Confidence in the Future”


WHEN:  Friday, February 23, 2018, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.


WHERE:  Concord High School, 4200 Concord. Blvd., Concord, 94521 (Get Directions)


BACKGROUND:   What began as a small gathering of Student Leadership classes a decade ago has grown to a professional student-led leadership development conference. The idea was conceived by Concord High’s Leadership class to provide an opportunity for collaboration among regional student leaders; nothing similar existed at the time. In its inaugural year, the day centered around students getting to know fellow students from other schools, team-building games, and sharing ideas about events that could be put together at the high schools to promote student engagement. While these activities continue, the event now includes student-led workshops on personal development as a leader and other topics and has grown to include a dozen schools from six regional districts.


The keynote speaker this year will be Kevin Laue, a San Jose native and the first player missing a limb to play NCAA Division 1 basketball. Kevin overcame the early death of his father, a challenging home environment and a legion of critics to become one of the top high school basketball players in California while earning a scholarship to join the Manhattan College Jaspers. As a motivational speaker, Kevin is acclaimed for his presentations on the importance of goals and dreams, and what it takes to be a leader.


Students attending tomorrow’s conference will represent the following districts and schools:




Antioch Unified School District

Deer Valley High School

Berean Christian High School

Berean Christian High School

Campbell Union High School District

Branham High School

Liberty Union High School District

Heritage High School

Martinez Unified School District

Alhambra High School, Vicente Martinez High School

Mt. Diablo Unified School District

College Park High School, Concord High School, Mt. Diablo High School, Northgate High School, Ygnacio Valley High School, Clayton Valley Charter High School






8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast

9:00 – 9:20 a.m.

Cheer battles and mascot dance battles

9:20 – 9:50 a.m.

School vs. school games

9:55 – 10:45 a.m.

Keynote with Kevin Laue

10:50 - 11:35 a.m.

Idea Swap Sessions (Three 10-minute rotations)

1- 10:55- 11:05 a.m.

2- 11:10- 11:20 a.m.

3- 11:25- 11:35 a.m.

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Workshops (Two 25-minute sessions)

1- 11:45 a.m. -12:10 p.m.

2-12:15 - 12:40 p.m.


All workshop speakers are Concord High School Leadership students.  Topics will include:

  • Confidence in One Another
  • Service Above Self
  • Understanding Your Brand
  • Developing Strong Habits
  • The Magic Behind Leadership

12:45 – 1:25 p.m.


1:30 – 2:15 p.m.

Dance Party

2:20 - 2:30 p.m.

Closing Session


The on-site contact for the event is Leah Darby, ASB advisor, at darbyl@mdusd.net or (925) 687-2030, ex. 8302.


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About the Mt. Diablo Unified School District

Mt. Diablo Unified, located in Contra Costa County, is honored to serve approximately 32,000 students at one of more than 50 school sites in the cities of Clayton, Concord, and Pleasant Hill; portions of Martinez, Pittsburg, and Walnut Creek; and the unincorporated areas of Bay Point, Lafayette, and Pacheco. As part of a richly diverse community, MDUSD families represent numerous ethnic groups, speaking over 50 languages and dialects. MDUSD offers award-winning and innovative programs in Career Technical Education; Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM); extensive visual and performing arts programs; and rich foreign language and dual immersion offerings.  MDUSD is pleased to have expanded its middle college program, College Now, and opened its first International Baccalaureate program and three new regional magnet schools in 2017.  Learn more at http://www.mdusd.org/.


Posted by: Debbie Maher, District Admin, Mt. Diablo Unified School District Published:2/23/18
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