Lance Hiltz
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From: Friday, October 2, 2015 11:38 AM -0600
Subject:Annaheim School News
SSLC 2015
        Three students from the SRC of Annaheim School headed to Shellbrook on September 16 until September 18 for the Saskatchewan Student Leadership conference. While there they got to meet many other individuals from schools across the province, share ideas from their school, and participate in spirit-filled activities. The theme of SSLC was "Fire is Catching" which was based off of the Hunger Games series. Andy Thibodeau was the first speaker of the conference and his goal was to get everyone excited and ready to have a great time. He told the students that it only takes one person to make a difference and he stressed that if you take action and be a positive leader and role model others will begin to follow in your ways.
        Another speaker at the conference was Theo Fleury. Fleury talked about how it is never too late to turn your life around. He also showed us that you can achieve your goals if you put your heart and mind into it. Lastly, Ishmael Beah taught us to persevere through the challenges and hardships we may stumble along in life. Beah has been through a lot in his life including being a child soldier, and overcoming cultural differences when moving to USA.  SSLC was a fun, inspiring, and spirit-filled event that helped all the leaders in our province learn that it only takes one person to make an impact on our world today.

Brianne Theisen-Eaton and Ashton Eaton
        On Friday September 18, the grade 6 to 12 classes from Annaheim School traveled to the Humboldt Uniplex to listen to two inspiring speakers, Brianne Theisen- Eaton and her husband Ashton Eaton. This track and field power couple talked about what a day in their life looked like and they shared some of the lessons they learnt through this sport. These two individuals explained that they weren't always the best and that it took a lot of work and determination and time to get to the place in their lives they are at today. They also shared a bit about their team and how there were a lot of people involved in making them the best in the world; their coach, manager, physio-therapist, performance psychologist, exercise psychologist and nutrition professional, and their sports marketer all play huge roles in these athletes’ lives.
        Passion, doing what you love to do – that is what Brianne and Ashton live out every day. They are living proof that you can turn dreams into reality and that anything is possible. Brianne said, "If you figure out what you love to do in life, you will be farther ahead of anyone else and you will get it."  In saying this she meant that students shouldn't be afraid to pursue something that they really love. Another piece of advice was given from Ashton, and it is very practical and I think that each and every individual can apply this to their own lives, "When you come up against a challenge and don't mind putting the work in to overcome it, that's when you know you love it." These two individuals have an impact on many lives and it was a great message for the students of both Annaheim School and schools in our area to hear.

Molly Yungmann
Annaheim School Reporter