SGA Representatives Attend National Leadership Program

PCA students Emory McNider, Savannah Nelson, and Caroline Schumpert represented Prattville Christian Academy at the Presidential Leadership Institute in York, Nebraska under the direction of Jeff Bergdolt, PCA’s Student Life Sponsor.

The Presidential Leadership Institute (PLI) is a national leadership development program among Christian high schools, specifically designed for high achieving students in grades 10-12. The weeklong program is dedicated to leadership development and character building through interactive programs, discussions and leadership industry expert speakers.

“While the focus of this program is leadership, it was so much more,” said Jeff Bergdolt, student life sponsor. “Our students had the opportunity to listen to and interact with some of the nation’s top Christian CEOs and leaders. Through the guest lecturers, students saw the purpose of Christian leadership – using the position of authority to show God’s love through servant leadership. It is all about God and His purpose.”

Students from Alabama, Florida, Texas, Colorado, and Oklahoma attended the Institute, which was established after York College partnered with Strata Leadership, LLC – the largest character-based leadership company in the world. Students returned from their experience energized to become change agents at PCA and within the community. Each year, students design a creative solution to solve an issue within the school and/or local community. This year, students focused on growing the inclusive nature on campus with their project entitled “Plugged In.” They realized how important it is for every student to be apart of something bigger than themselves. Whether it’s through academics, athletics, or fine arts – everyone has a place to shine, and this group is passionate about others find their place by plugging into areas of interest and growing individual gifts. Click here to view their final presentation at Institute. 

“I grew as a person and a leader at PLI, and I returned home as a different person than when I left,” said Savannah Nelson. “The experience was amazing for several reasons, but one thing that stuck out for me was how supportive the environment was. There was no sense of competition; just a group of leaders all wanting others to succeed in their endeavors. I was also poured into by some of the greatest leaders in the country, and I can’t wait to share that wisdom with others.”

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