Area high schoolers practice leadership in school and community

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- Student ambassadors at Greenwood High School have set their eyes on becoming more effective leaders.

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People was written by Stephen Covey in 1989, and since then, workplaces have embraced what it had to teach.

"90% of Fortune 500 companies train their employees in the seven habits," says Gary McGuey of Franklin Covey.

Students at Greenwood High School are looking to use these techniques to make their school and their community a better place.

"I just wanted to make our school a better place for kids to love," says senior Manzar Rzayeva, "because when I first came here, the first impressions from myself weren't very good and wanted to make changes in school, as an environment, or in the community."

Gary McGuey says the tools used by Stephen Covey never go obsolete.

"We spoke to [the students] today as adults, and they also realized that the 7 habits are simply a framework that houses this timeless universal principal, words like responsibility, accountability, integrity, which will never go away," he explains.

The student ambassadors want to take what they've learned today and serve as a voice for others.

"I think it's important that all schools have a team of students that has this leadership potential," says sophomore Owen Mefford.

"They really drilled the seven habits in elementary school, and we kind of drifted away from it a little bit in middle school," says Emily Morgan, "and now in high school we don't see it as much. This will definitely benefit our student body as a whole and most likely have a happier influence on our student body."

Greenwood is the third Warren County school to complete this phase of the leadership training, joining Warren Central and South Warren.

Warren East will go through this phase as well, in the near future.

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