‘It left me wanting to make a difference’
Whittell High School junior Miranda Flores didn’t think she was a leader, but with the encouragement of two teachers she attended a national leadership conference in Washington, D.C.
Flores, 16, attended the Hugh O’Brien Leadership Conference July 26 after she was selected to be the female representative for Nevada.
Teachers Maxine Atherton and Lindsay Wines saw something in Flores and encouraged her to apply. Flores said she had her doubts.
“It didn’t seem like my type of thing,” she said. “I didn’t think I was a leader.”
Atherton, now retired, was familiar with the quiet Flores since she had her as a student assistant. Atherton said Flores is likely the first Whittell student to attend the conference.
“I think she probably won because her ideas were the strongest,” Atherton said. “She loves working in groups … She’s really good about including others. She’s not a one-woman show.”
The conference hosted hundreds of students from all over the world, Flores said. She left it wanting to dive into volunteer work and proving to herself she can become a leader.
“It left me wanting to make a difference,” she said.