Leadership skills can be gained in many ways. MCHS students are strongly encouraged to participate in clubs and service projects; volunteer with non-profit organizations; get involved with civic organizations and take advantage of the various mentoring and career development opportunities that local businesses provide. See the News & Opportunities page for current leadership opportunities.
The value of leadership positions
Boost college applications A significant leadership role or two can make the difference between a decent application and a stellar one. The National Honor Society characterizes student leaders as “resourceful, good problem solvers, promoters of school activities, idea-contributors, dependable, and persons who exemplify positive attitudes about life”—in other words, model candidates for higher learning!
Build self-esteem Hard work, accomplishment, and recognition are vital factors in positive self-image. By taking on positions of responsibility at school and in their communities, students will feel genuinely good about themselves—which is just as important as looking impressive to admissions officers.
Invest in the future Being a leader can benefit a student not only in high school and college, but in their professional life. A 2004 study at the University of California Santa Barbara found that people with leadership roles in high school are more likely to hold managerial positions as adults, earning higher incomes than those in non-leadership roles.
Areas of leadership
Academic teams (math team, debate club, etc.)
Arts (theater, band, choir, glee club, dance, etc.)
Career & Technical Student Organizations (FBLA, FCCLA, SkillsUSA, NTHS)
Employment (afterschool jobs, internships, etc.)
Political organizations (model U.N., alliance of students of color, international relations club, etc.)