December, 2018 (Volume 1, Number 9)

Family, Rest, and Reflection

May this season be filled with warmth that comes from spending time with family and friends, smiles from recalling memories and building new ones, and rest to rejuvenate minds, bodies, and souls. As the New Year quickly approaches, may we reflect on the successes of 2018 while preparing for new opportunities in 2019.
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Over the summer, LPS Student, Ajitesh Narayan, spent his summer cruising the Western Caribbean. However, this was no ordinary cruise. Ajitesh participated in four service projects in Roatan, Belize, and Cozumel. His adventures were showcased during an episode of "The Voyager" Season 3, Episode 8 on NBC on November 25, 2018!

We interviewed Ajitesh to learn more about his adventure using the leadership skills he cultivated at LPS while helping others.

1) How did you get involved in this charity work? Was the cruise part of an organized program or a cruise your family researched and put together?

Since I was six years old, I have been involved in community service. I felt ready to begin serving communities outside the United States. I started exploring the options, and I wanted to the experience to be fun at the same time. In Spring 2018, I heard about a charity organization called Fathom from one of my mentors, Ms. Robin. The community service project was bundled in a one week cruise to Western Caribbean.

2) Did you do anything in particular to prepare for the cruise?

To make the most of my time, I brushed up my knowledge of Spanish and researched the Western Caribbean cities that I was going to visit (Roatan, Belize and Cozumel) and learned about the projects that I was going to be working on. My objective was to make sustainable impact and connections.

3) What was your favorite activity? Did you work alongside other students your age?

I worked on four projects. Out of all of them, I have two favorites: Helping to build a playground for student at School of Life with repurposed tires; and helping to restore the coral reef. I worked with one student my age, and the rest were adults. However, I did make a friend at School of Life.

4) Did you utilize any of your 7 Habits training while volunteering?

I had to use all of the seven habits during the experience. I used the first habit when I had to find work to do. I used the second habit to give ideas for how to move forward with the projects. I used the third habit when I painted the Garden of Life sign and then played with the kids. I used the fourth habit to find solutions to help everyone involved in the projects. I used the fifth habit to listen to instructions in order to successfully carry out the projects. I used the sixth habit while working in a group so the projects would move along more quickly. Finally, I used the seven habit to encourage others to take a break from work and soak in all that we had accomplished.

5) What class or program at LPS best prepared you for this endeavor?

One program that helped me is Pride Camp. It is an amazing program that taught me a lot about the 7 Habits and how to implement them in real life scenarios.

6) What is your favorite thing about LPS?

My favorite thing about LPS is the teaching staff. I admire all the teachers and appreciate how hard their work is. They model by treating each one of us as human beings and knowing our names, rather than treating us like a number. Apart from that, I like how LPS is inculcating the Leader In Me skills in me. I also like that we have our own personal Chromebook.

7) What has been your favorite class?

I like technology. My favorite class is Computer Programming. I like that class because of the core and engaging concepts we get to learn about computer science and programming.

8) Who are some of your greatest influences?

My parents have the greatest influence on me. My community has helped me grow and is a great contributor too. I have been involved in Scouting since I was six years old. My second greatest influences were the adult leaders who were involved in scouting. They always appreciated and boosted my self-confidence. They helped me grow so much that I always want to give back in whatever way I can.

9) Do you plan to continue your volunteer work? Do you have plans to return to the islands?

I love volunteering, and it gives me a sense of satisfaction as well as helps me sleep better at night. Since my seventh grade year, I have volunteered 250 hours and will continue to do. I want to return to School of Life in particular because the students there are in need of basic stuff. I want to supply them with those items.

10) What is your leadership advice?

One major leadership advice is that if you fail, start all over again and never give up. Failure is first step to success.

11) How did this experience change or influence you?

It changed me altogether. It touched my heart. I learned one thing - that I am so blessed, and I need to appreciate and share some things with others who are less fortunate. I learned one thing from the students at School of Life - keep smiling in whatever condition you are.

12) What do you want to do after you graduate high school?

I want to get a degree in Robotic Engineering and then become an Entrepreneur.

13) What other activities is your involved in, and what do you enjoy doing?

I am quite busy person. I am in Venturing with Troop 178 and an instructor, Toastmaster Club, School Golf Team, I play Alto Saxophone in LPS HS band, and I am a HOSA member, Entrepreneurs club, and video game club. I volunteer at several places such as FFS (Frisco Family Service), American Legion, Metro Relief, and Karya Siddhi Hanuman Temple. I am a blood drive Co-Coordinator for Carter Blood Care and have organized five blood drives since April 2017, I collected 100 Units of blood, which helped save 300 lives. I enjoy helping people in whichever way I can. My hobbies include playing chess, video games (if I can find time) and playing golf.

14) Anything else you want to add?

I am an Eagle Scout (at the age of 13). My Eagle Scout Project was to organize three blood drives at new locations, recruit new donors and collet 63 Units of blood. Since then every year I organize two blood drives, one of them being at LPS during Spring Carnival.

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The mission of Leadership Prep School is to inspire students to learn, grow, and lead for a lifetime. The acronym P.L.A.C.E. summarizes the five key areas that have been selected as the focus of LPS’ vision: Parent partnership, Leadership development, Academics, Creativity and Excellence.

LPS is proud to be a Leader in Me based school that applies The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People to emphasize a culture of student empowerment and help unleash each child’s full potential. Focusing on the program’s timeless leadership principles nurtures the skills students need for success in the 21st century.

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