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Learning experience valuable

As the acting student body president at Fort Hays State University, I was blessed with the amazing opportunity to participate in the Emerging Leaders Program, a new portion of the Leadership Kansas Program. Being an undergraduate student, this experience was unlike any other in giving me the opportunity to get to know the 39 class members of the 2014 Leadership Kansas class and Leadership Kansas alumnae. To have the opportunity to be welcomed by and interact with top public officials, private sector executives, and nonprofit leaders all in one setting was truly a unique and unforgettable experience.

During the three-day session I attended, we were given the opportunity to meet with locals who welcomed us into their homes and businesses, where they shared with us issues they're facing and different approaches being used to tackle them. My experience entailed a tour of Royal Farms Dairy, Tyson Fresh Foods Factory, Reeve Cattle Company and presentations from the Kansas Livestock Association and Sunflower Electric, just to name a few. All aspects of the session either taught us something new, enlightened us with more information, or gave us a new perspective to see things from.

I have taken so much from this program that I hope to now reinvest here into the Hays community and northwest Kansas. I would like to thank the Emerging Leaders Program sponsors, Westar Energy and the Capital Federal Foundation, as well as the Leadership Kansas Board of Trustees. It is programs like these that are helping to ensure the bright future that lay ahead of Kansas.

Ann Powers

Student Government Association

Acting Student Body President

Fort Hays State University