Carle Place Leads the Way at Conference

Carle Place High School Student Organization officers and selected class officers attended a three-day leadership conference in Buffalo in November. The weekend, which started with a trip to Niagara Falls, was part of the New York State Council on Leadership and Student Activities 2013 State Conference.

“The conference was an invaluable experience for the student leaders,” said Erika Fallik, Carle Place Student Organization adviser. “It provided an opportunity to gain valuable information on project planning, community service ideas and projects, team building and fundraising ideas. It was also a great venue to network with student leaders throughout New York State.”

The conference kicked off with Scott Backovich, a youth motivational speaker who helps students understand their true potential. Attendees were also treated to a presentation by motivational speaker Amy Gallimore, whose high-impact training highlights the powerful health benefits of humor and the many ways laughter contributes to positive leadership.

Rachael Martines, Carle Place High School senior class president and Key Club president, presented at a roundtable workshop about the district’s Battle of the Classes, Battling for a Cause. Since the event was launched in 2008, it has raised more than $75,000 for organizations including the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Dancing Dreams, Miracle Network and the Ronald McDonald House. Rachael has been a key coordinator of the event since 2010.

Maddalena Buffalino, Key Club and senior class adviser, was named the 2013 New York State Council on Leadership and Student Activities Dr. Earl Reum Advisor of the Year.

“Ms. Buffalino has demonstrated all the character qualities of a successful leader and human being to her students over their high school years, influencing them to always make good decisions and lead by example,” said Kevin Ford, NYS CLSA executive director of students. “She goes above and beyond her duties as an adviser and always puts 110 percent into everything she does. The dedication and commitment that she has exhibited for the past four years as class adviser is truly inspiring.”

The Student Organization will be hosting their own leadership conference in February, where they will share with underclassmen the information that they learned.