Nearly 100 high school seniors were honored Feb. 21 at the 61st annual Washington-Lincoln Laurels for Leaders luncheon.
The luncheon, held at SDSU, was an opportunity for associated student body (ASB) presidents from schools throughout the county to network with each other as well as community and business leaders.
"I think this is a great way to recognize ASB presidents for the work they do," said Abby Douglas, ASB president at Oceanside High School. "One of the hardest things about ASB is that you do a lot of the behind-the-scenes work and don't always get recognized."
During the luncheon, the students heard an inspirational speech from author and management expert Ken Blanchard. Blanchard encouraged the students to focus on service as leaders.
"What a joy it is to be with all of you student leaders," Blanchard said. "You all are the leaders of the future, and we need you, because the world is in desperate need of a different leadership role model."
About 400 people attended the luncheon to honor the ASB presidents, some of the county's brightest and most ambitious students.
"I think recognizing these students is important because this is really just the beginning of their leadership journey," said Tom Bauer, president of the Washington-Lincoln Laurels for Leaders board of directors. "It's a way to energize them to seek other leadership opportunities."
Before the luncheon, the students attended workshops focused on leadership and finance. The workshops were offered free to the students through partnerships with The Blanchard Foundation and U.S. Bank.
Each student at the event received a check for $250 as well as a recognition certificate and medallion from Washington-Lincoln Laurels for Leaders, a local nonprofit started in 1957.