Almost 1,000 student leaders gathered April 28 at Freedom High School to kick off the 21st Annual Virginia High School League Ken Tilley Student Leaders Conference.
“You’re all here to learn together and share new ideas together, Freedom High School principal Doug Fulton said at the opening ceremony.
Participating students attended workshops on varied leadership building topics including time management, healthy relationships, social media and service.
The theme of the conference was “Undefined Possibilities.” Freedom started planning the conference in October 2016 and hoped to make the conference an inclusive space, VHSL Liaison Lisa Giles said.
“You will leave here having learned how to be a better leader and server,” Loudoun School Board Chairman Jeff Morse (Dulles) said. “Leadership is a means to take a cause forward.”
The conference opening ceremony culminated with a speech by Martin Luther King Jr. performer Stephon Ferguson, who performed the “What is Your Life’s Blueprint” and part of the “I Have a Dream” speeches.
The conference was founded under the direction of former VHSL executive director Ken Tilley in 1997. Tilley retired at the end of 2016after after 22 years of service as executive director and 40 years total with VHSL.