Mitchell Hull attended leadership conference
Mitchell Hull of Margaretville spent June 29 to July 4 in Boston, Mass., at a leadership conference with The Congressional Youth Leadership Council of Washington, D.C. Mitchell was chosen to attend the conference as a result of leadership potential and skills he demonstrated at the Junior National Young Leaders Conference held in Washington, D.C., in March of 2007.
Building on his experience in Washington, Mitchell learned six new traits of leadership through historical site experiences and simulation activities. He embarked on an exploration of the roots of leadership, the roots that culminated in our nation’s independence.
Mitchell journeyed to historic Plymouth Plantation, Plymouth Rock and the Mayflower II to explore the leadership concepts of vision, team building and conflict resolution. Mitchell also heard from a Wampanoag speaker who discussed the impact of the Pilgrims’ arrival on America’s native populations. Mitchell then traveled to Salem, MA to study the leadership concepts of tolerance and integrity. He learned about John Proctor and Martha Corey, who both famously refused to participate in the hysteria of the witch trials in spite of intense social pressure. Mitchell then explored history-rich sites of the American Revolution examining persuasion. He hiked the Freedom Trail, explored the Old State House, the Old North Church and the Paul Revere House. Later, he headed west to Lexington and Concord, the small towns in which the American Revolution was born. There he saw where the “shot heard around the world” was fired and met with historical re-enactors playing the roles of Minutemen and Redcoats. On the last night, one of Mitchell’s favorite experiences of the trip, he spent the night aboard the USS Massachusetts, a decommissioned battleship that saw action in World War II. By the conclusion of the conference, Mitchell saw firsthand the many places that make Boston an important city in American history and one of the most significant cities in the modern rebirth of democracy and representative government. Mitchell hopes to apply the leadership skills he learned in both his school and community.
In January 2009, Mitchell will be attending the Presidential Inauguration in Washington, DC. He will witness the president and vice president taking the official oath of office and hear the president’s first address to the nation. The activities and events of the presidential inauguration will expand his understanding of the presidential campaign, election and inaugural processes. Seven-time Tour de France winner, Lance Armstrong, will be the guest speaker.
Mitchell has just completed the seventh grade at MCS where he made honor roll all four quarters. In June he was inducted in the National Junior Honor Society at MCS and is very active in the school’s sports program.
Mitchell is the son of Melissa and Larry Hull, the grandson of Barbara and Skip Jester, and great-grandson of Ruth and Ralph Smith, all of Margaretville.