The 7th annual San Diego MESA Alliance Leadership Summit took place at the Indian Hills Camp in Jamul on the weekend of February 15, 2008. Students from San Diego City College, San Diego State University, Southwestern College, and Ventura College participated in various competitions that promoted the use of their leadership skills and various strengths attributes.
The Strengths Quest seminar presented by Mr. Alex Juden consisted of Reviewing Strengths (resulting from an online Strengths Quest test via the Gallup Organization), a Scavenger Hunt, Common Strengths lecture, and a homework assignment on visual expression. Students then broke into teams to complete a human knot activity and a LEGO challenge.
As the afternoon turned into late evening, students and staff alike mingled around the bonfire to conclude the night.
Ms. Dolores Ventura led a seminar on Professional Development to start the 2nd day of activities. Mr. Alex Juden continued the Strengths Quest seminar with lectures on how to connect strengths to future planning and life/career goals, as a well as a workshop on creating a cover/interest letter(s).
Students were treated to the Zip Line activity in which a pulley is suspended on a cable mounted on an incline.
Students returned to the barn area for team challenges, which consisted of building mini sail-boats and pitting them in several competitions.
The night again concluded with the roasting of marshmallows around a bonfire.
The last day was reserved for the conclusion of the team challenge which consisted of conducting a PowerPoint presentation on specific topics, as the annual Leadership Summit came to an end.
A very special thanks goes to PBS&J for allowing the Leadership Summit to take place with its grant award to SDSU MEP. Without this grant award, the 2008 Leadership Summit would not have taken place.
Team Challenge – Sail-Boat Competition:
1st place: Ziploc
2nd place: Infinity
3rd place: Windsbraut
4th place: Tie between Lara Craft & Wombat
1st place Face-off Tiebreaker:
Ziploc vs. Infinity
Team Challenge – Sail-Boat Beauty Contest:
1st place: HMS Indi with 9 votes for 50 points
2nd place: Infinity with 6 votes for 30 points
3rd place: The Orchids with 5 votes for 20 points
Team Challenge – Sail-Boat Distance:
1st place: Infinity for 50 points
2nd place: Wombat for 30 points
3rd place: Windsbraut for 20 points
Team Challenge – Sail-Boat Speed:
1st place: Ziplocs at 3.78 seconds for 50 points
2nd place: Lara Craft at 4.32 seconds for 30 points
3rd place: Windsbraut at 5.04 seconds for 20 points
Videos (check out more videos at the San Diego MESA Alliance YouTube channel – Leadership Summit playlist):