SGA to hold annual Middle School Leadership Conference soon


Yulee Kang

The annual MSLC provides SGA a fun and interactive way to engage seventh graders in leadership and providing them with a novel perspective of TJ that not many middle schoolers can experience. “Last year, because of this things that SGA was managing, MSLC fell through and we did not have it last year, but the SGA tries to have it ever year and that’s what we’re trying to bring back this year despite the one-year gap.” Ranjan said.

Yulee Kang, Staff Writer

SGA’s  (Student government association) annual Middle School Leadership Conference (MSLC) will be held on Saturday, March 14th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at TJHSST.

Each year, SGA hosts MSLC to introduce middle school students to the importance of student leadership or develop leadership skills in students who already have interests in being a student leader. Various activities such as competing to build a contraption that goes the farthest distance or creating your own group dance are provided for middle schoolers along with opportunities for TJ students to work with middle schoolers and earn service hours.

“I remember participating in MSLC as a seventh grader, and that’s actually what first got me interested in TJ as a middle school student.” senior and SGA president Ronith Ranjan said, “I was amazed by what TJ’s facilities had to offer and meeting some of the students here [was a really positive experience]. The [then] SGA president did a really good job of getting us excited about the workshops.”

All schools across Fairfax, Loudoun, Arlington, and Prince William county were invited to choose two seventh graders each to attend the conference. This year, SGA is expecting about 60 seventh graders to be in attendance.

“[The goal of] MSLC is both to come to TJ and look at TJ but also to look at leadership in action and see if this is something you’re interested in the future.” Ranjan said.

Although the deadline for filling out interest for volunteering at MSLC was Feb. 15, you can find more information about the conference on SGA’s Facebook page, or email [email protected] if you have any questions. 

“TJ students will lead small groups with the students to run workshops, team-building activities, leadership activities, and also tour the school.” Ranjan said, “It’s just a great outreach opportunity for our SGA team and TJ.”