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March 30, 2016

Students graduate from second class of Exemplary Leadership Academy

By Lexi Ryan, media relations assistant

Ten Northwest Missouri State University students graduated Wednesday evening from the second class of Exemplary Leadership Academy.

The program’s graduates are Crystal Bauer, Kiley Dukes, Kali Fujinami, Chase Hartwig, Kylie Hoffman, Becca Kasper, Chloe King, Lauren King, Ethan Moss and Casey Schulte.

“Each week, students came prepared to discuss the practice and relating leadership commitments,” Kathryn Samson, leadership graduate assistant in the Office of Student Involvement, said. “Open discussions provided students with a chance to share their personal leadership experiences, while activities helped them to apply what they learned.”

The Exemplary Leadership Academy is a curricular and co-curricular course based on The Student Leadership Challenge, a behavioral-based leadership model built on five practices all exemplary leaders demonstrate. In addition to learning, connecting and applying the five practices of exemplary leadership, students engaged in peer-to-peer discussions and highly-interactive group activities to connect their acquired knowledge to their personal experiences.

“The skill that I will use the most is how to enable others to act,” Crystal Bauer, sophomore public and private accounting major from Hastings, Nebraska, said. “I learned how important it is for a leader to get other members involved, and by doing so, you motivate those members to become leaders as well.”

The five practices covered are: model the way, inspire a shared vision, challenge the process, enable others to act and encourage the heart.

“To successfully complete the course, each student had to present their individual action plan for their future endeavors to this class,” Samson said. “Each student was placed in a small group network where they created a group leadership activity based on one of the practices and led the group through it.”

During the graduation, Kasper, King, Schulte, King, Fujinami and Brooke Ravenscraft also were recognized as leadership peer mentors for Lead Green, a new leadership program offered through the Office of Student Involvement. The peer mentors are students who have successfully completed the Exemplary Leadership Academy; Ravenscraft graduated with the fall 2014 cohort.

Lead Green will begin next fall. Students can meet peer mentors to discuss possible presentations for their organizations. The program was developed to help students grow as leaders through the Student Leadership Challenge.

“Being a part of ELA gives students the chance to meet leaders from all aspects of campus that you normally wouldn’t reach out to,” Chloe King, a junior international business major from St. Joseph, Missouri, said. “If you are looking for a larger network, new leadership styles, or just a clear definition of leadership, ELA is the place for you.”

For more information about the Exemplary Leadership Academy or Lead Green, visit

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468