Students attend iBELIEVE camp

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MALVERN — Five Malvern High School sophomore students attended a leadership camp during the summer by the Ohio Association of Student Councils and sponsored by the iBELIEVE Foundation at Wright State University.

Participating students included Savanna Simpson, Delaney Vahila, Zachary Kerns, Malcolm Simmons, and Joshua Browning.

This was a five-day, four-night camp where students acquired and fostered leadership skills for their futures.

The goal of iBELIEVE 2012 is to provide scholarships to high-school and middle-school Appalachian students. Malvern High School scholarships for their five students were provided by the iBELIEVE Foundation from Chesapeake Energy. The objectives of iBELIEVE are:

• Provide financial sponsorships for Appalachian teens to get important soft-skill development with the focus on leadership, communication, and problem solving skills;

• Implement a strong foundation and leadership core in high schools, middle schools, and Appalachian communities with the goal of 10-percent student body participation in four years;

• Increase collegiate attendance and retention for Appalachian and first-generation students;

• Focus on raising the retention of collegiate graduates and young professionals in Appalachian communities; and

• Build peer mentorship with successful student leaders from non-Appalachian counties.

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