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IHS Students Complete Dale Carnegie Course

Successful people are confident in their work and enthusiastic about getting things done. They are inspiring and they empower others around them to succeed. They are engaged in all aspects of their work and life. The Dale Carnegie Course: Skills for Success for Young Adults is designed to equip youth for the real world. It gives them the skills they need to reach their goals and live up to their full potential—at school, home and work. Dale Carnegie is in its fifth year in the district. Including this graduating class, there have been 118 participants. Every Monday evening for the past eight weeks, 24 Independence High School students experienced this first-hand.  On November 19, they came together at the City of Independence City Hall to celebrate their graduation from the course. 

The Dale Carnegie curriculum, which was developed with feedback from students, includes a minimal amount of lecture. Instead, the classroom time is highly interactive, with students participating in various exercises and speaking opportunities designed to help them gain confidence and develop better communication, leadership and interpersonal skills. The program can help teens be better prepared to cope with the pressure and stress of life, and "live larger" with poise and enthusiasm. The classes revolve around five core objectives: increasing self-confidence, improvement of people skills, communication skills and leadership skills, and controlling stress and worry. 

“This Dale Carnegie course has really transformed my relationships with those around me,” said senior Sela Sears.  “I have learned how to communicate more effectively and have more meaningful conversations.”

"These students are amazing young adults that worked very hard to incorporate the Dale Carnegie Human Relations Principles and core values of our program into their lives. It was an honor and pleasure to be their instructor, and am very proud of their many accomplishments," said Jaylene Paulus, Dale Carnegie Trainer. The students also earned two college credits in oral communication from The University of Central Missouri.

Participating students included: Sam Apolczer, Samuel Belitz, Ginger Crist, Erica Esper, Ben Firrell, Taylor Gillespie, Eleni Karnavas, Andrea Klima, Kylen Krupa, Colette Liepert, Jessica Massey, Katie May, Emma McGreal, Olivia Michota, Megan Mowrer, Lexi Prokopius, Patrick Roote, Sela Sears, Sara Skrocki, Emma Somrak, Kalli Spisak, Kyle Streibel, Connor Synek and Dia Zizis

The course is co-sponsored by Independence Local Schools and 25 & Alive via the City of Independence.

Photo: Independence High School students celebrate their graduation of the Dale Carnegie Course: Skills for Success for Young Adults along with Jaylene Paulus, lead trainer; and Rick Dolejs and Randy Ohler, course coaches.

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