Student Leaders Travel to Arizona for Lead Conference


Twenty-five Hampton Bays High School Student Council members spent five days in Tempe, Arizona attending a Lead Conference sponsored by the National Association of Student Councils. 

In order to attend the conference, the students raised $26,000 to pay for the trip. The large group from Hampton Bays was the best-represented student council at the conference, which approximately 500 students attended. Funds were raised in a variety of ways, including the Hampton Bays Idol contest, homecoming dance admission, the annual faculty basketball game, and Battle of the Classes events.

While at the conference, the students attended over 20 workshops on topics such as team building, decision making, fundraising and community service. 

During the extended field trip, the students also visited the campus of Arizona State University and the Grand Canyon. They were chaperoned by Eleni and Andrew Fotopoulos and Anthony DiBlasio.

Upon returning back to Hampton Bays, Ms. Fotopoulos reported that the trip was “an experience of a lifetime” for the students and expressed her gratitude to the school board. “Thank you for letting the kids have this opportunity to improve their leadership skills,” she said. “We are trying to get this to become a yearly trip for the kids.”

“We learned so much and it was great to meet other Student Council members from around the country,” senior Ryan Walker said. “We created memories to last the rest of our lives.”