DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. -- Dozens of students across the Hudson Valley participated in the 2016 New York State Leadership Conference and Competition in Owego, N.Y. last week.
Students participated in leadership building activities, developed important life skills and participated in individual or team competitive events.
Five students from Millbrook Central School District attended the conference and earned the highest scores in their respective events. All qualified for nationals.
Students received a collective $19,000 in scholarships to schools such as the Culinary Institute of America, Johnson and Wales University and The Escoffier School of Culinary Arts.
Philip D’Angelo, Superintendent of Schools, also was awarded the NYS School Administrator Award.
Fifteen students from Arlington Central School District competed, earning one silver and two bronze rankings. Student Lauren Esack raised more than $1,000 for local charity Sparrow's Nest as part of a competitive event.
Marlboro Central School District had 14 attending students and earned six silver and two bronze rankings. Six students qualified to represent the state at nationals.
The top-scoring students will qualify to represent the state at the National Leadership Convention in San Diego, Calif. from July 3-7.