Standout local high school athlete attends leadership summit

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) A standout Central Texas student-athlete is in Indianapolis, Ind., this week as one of only two Texas representatives at a national summit about leadership.

Midway High School Junior Reese Rhodes. (Midway ISD photo)

Midway High School Junior Reese Rhodes, 17, was among the student leaders chosen from around the country to take part in the National Federation of State High School Association’s National Student Leadership Summit, a three day summit aimed at creating better leaders.

The summit provides a forum for adult and student leaders from around the country to talk about contemporary issues facing athletics and activity programs.

The summit uses a “train the trainer” approach, meaning the students and adults ambassadors learn from each other.

“By targeting specific topics, each student ambassador will learn how to develop and maintain healthy relationships with teammates, coaches/adult leaders and officials. They will learn conflict resolution techniques and how to be better communicators with their peers and adults,” summit organizers say.

Participants are also concentrating this week on learning ways to create better images of themselves on social media or repairing the way they already appear online.

Midway says there is no better representative that Rhodes, a volleyball commit to Texas Tech who was the District 8-6A setter of the year.

“Reese is everything you want in a leader. She is an unbelievable athlete, tremendous kid, level-headed, and has a great attitude every day,” said Brad Shelton, the district’s athletic director.

“She has given her summer to teammates as a leader volunteering at strength and conditioning volunteer camp. The National Leadership Conference is a great path for her to spread her leadership skills off the court to her peers and community.”

The summit wraps up Wednesday.