JCJC hosting student leadership conference

ELLISVILLE, MS (WDAM) - Hundreds of primary and secondary school students from across South Mississippi have been getting an intensive course on leadership the last couple of days during an annual event at Jones County Junior College.

The Senior High-Middle School Student Council Workshops gave student council members from various schools opportunities to interact with other student leaders.

Tuesday, elementary and middle school students took part in activities focusing on topics such as communication and confidence.

They also got a lesson in courage from Jones County Junior College sophomore Will Graves, who was paralyzed in an auto accident 3 years ago. He spoke to students during an assembly about overcoming obstacles.

"I'm trying to get a point across to these kids that with every obstacle that we face, there's an opportunity to make it better," said Graves. "We get the choice to lay down and quit, or we get the choice to make things better around us," Graves said.

On Monday, high school students from nearly two dozen schools participated in the workshops.

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