SPS Students Travel to California for Leadership Conference

LSL attendees posed in front of the St. Mary's College chapel. (Back L-R) Faculty member Brad Marchese, Senior Eric Boudet, Senior Michael Stewart, Senior Thomas Huval, Senior Thomas Ruli, Senior Bryan Livaudais, and collegiate Andrew Mullet. (Front L-R) SPS secretary Erin Abney, Junior Will Saucier, Junior Ross Allbritton, Junior Burke Irwin, and faculty Myrle Wiggins.
SPS LSL delegates were (back L-R) faculty member Brad Marchese, senior Eric Boudet, senior Michael Stewart, senior Thomas Huval, senior Thomas Ruli, senior Bryan Livaudais, and collegiate Andrew Mullet. (Front L-R) SPS secretary Erin Abney, junior Will Saucier, junior Ross Allbritton, junior Burke Irwin, and faculty member Myrle Wiggins.

In late July, eight Saint Paul’s students and three faculty members hopped on a plane and headed to California for a Lasallian Student Leaders (LSL) conference, where students took part in skill sessions and committees while meeting and connecting with Lasallian students and educators from seven states.

The goal of the conference was to allow Lasallian students from around the San Francisco Province to share ideas on how to stimulate spiritual growth and a sense of community at their schools, according to Myrle Wiggins, LYL moderator and trip coordinator.

St. Paul’s students have been attending LSL for the past six years. “Of course, we’ve got a waiting list,” noted Wiggins about future trips to LSL.

The eight students who attended LSL on behalf of St. Paul’s all hold leadership positions in the campus ministry group Lasallian Youth Leaders (LYL).

“The goal of LYL is to spread the knowledge of our Lasallian heritage to all who we encounter,” said Ross Allbritton, LYL member and LSL attendee. Some of the events that LYL organizes around St. Paul’s include eighth grade orientation, eighth and ninth grade retreats, and field day.

“The best part for me was the company of fellow Lasallians, and while not all of us had the same interests and personalities, we all strove towards the common goal of bettering our Lasallian communities,” noted Michael Stewart, LYL President and LSL attendee.

While at the conference, the attendees from St. Paul’s presented an introductory skit which highlighted mock activities done around school that included dueling with wands, before school yoga sessions, and spontaneous dance numbers.

“The skit was a massive success, and gave the wolves a reputation to be desired,” observed Eric Boudet, LYL member and LSL attendee.

LYL members that represented St. Paul’s at LSL included Ross Albritton, Burke Irwin, Will Saucier, Eric Boudet, Thomas Ruli, Thomas Huval, Michael Stewart, and Bryan Livaudais.  They embarked on this journey under the leadership of faculty members Myrle Wiggins, Erin Abney, and Brad Marchese. SPS alumnus of the class of 2012, Andrew Mullet, also joined the group as a collegiate delegate.

LSL attendees performed skit about welcoming and introducing a new student to the everyday happenings around Saint Paul's.
LSL attendees performed skit about welcoming and introducing a new student to the everyday happenings around Saint Paul’s.

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