TOWER staff writer

This year’s theme for the Kalon Scholar Leadership Academy was You Can Lead: The Steps to Becoming a Great Leader. The event was held at the Mountainside Conference Center on Saturda, February 23rd.  Seventy students representing campus organizations, fraternal organizations, and athletics attended the day-long event.

This year’s speakers, a collection of six community leaders from different walks of life, presented a variety of sessions, all of which were connected to the idea of establishing oneself in leadership roles.  The morning keynote speaker was Alecia Sirk.  A 1987 Bethany graduate, the topic of her presentation was Loving the Lone Nut, AKA Doing the Work of Great Leaders.  Ms. Sirk is the Media Specialist for the Top of West Virginia Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The afternoon keynote speaker was Patrick Ford. Patrick Ford is the Executive Director of the Business Development Corporation of the Northern Panhandle, the economic de- velopment agency for Brooke and Hancock Counties in the Northern panhandle of West Virginia. His presentation was entitled Bringing Your ‘A’ (‘A’ is for Attila) Game: How to Be a Leader.

Breakout sessions in the morning and afternoon included Dave Pollard, whose topic was Being Green Really is Difficult. Mr. Pollard is the Community Resource Coordinator for Fayette County in West Virginia - a combination planning and project implementation position.

John Kirkpatrick and Ryan Edwards presented Entrepreneurship: Inspire A Shared Vision. John Kirkpatrick is a 2012 Wake Forest University business school graduate, majoring in Business Enterprise Management with a focus on marketing and a minor in entrepreneurship. Ryan Edwards is a 2012 graduate of Wake Forest University School of Business, where he majored in Business and Enterprise Management and concentrated in New Business Development.

Mary Mathews-Bebech presented Time Management: So Little Time So Much to Do! She is an Intervention Specialist with the Hubbard Exempted Village School District where she has served at Reed Middle School, teaching students with disabilities in grades five through eight for twenty-five years. She has taught English at Hubbard High School for the past two years.


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