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      Hereford students lead by example

      Hereford 8th graders are learning about taking responsibility for their school and community by being part of their Student Leadership Committee.

      The Student Leadership Committee gives a group of 8th graders the responsibility of deciding what events the school will host and dances. Pronews 7 is featuring these students in this week's Region 16 Spotlight on Education.

      "It puts a lot of responsibility. You have to make sure you do good in class and keep up good grades and stay out of trouble because you could be kicked out of the committee if you don't follow your responsibilities," said student, Sergio Cruz.

      That's the idea behind Hereford's Preparatory Academy. It's just for 8th graders and is getting the students ready for high school by developing their personality and confidence. One way is by the creation of the Student Leadership Committee.

      "We get to make a lot of decisions for the school like parities and stuff that we have. And it is a big impact, we get to put students input into it," said student, Bryce Sinnacher.

      That stuff includes water wars, dodgeball and basketball tournaments among students and staff, and a 5K walk to benefit Snack Pak 4 Kids. The committee said they're setting an example for their fellow classmates as well.

      "I wanted to be part of this committee because you get a lot of responsibility. And everyone around you sees that and makes them be more responsible. I like to lead them," said student, Sarah Woodward.

      Personally, the students said being part of the committee has helped them flourish.

      "It's helped me take more charge and like step up and take charge and be the leader of it instead of sitting back when no one else wants to do it," said Bryce.

      "Personally I have to take responsibility . I have had to step up cause before I wasn't as responsible like I am today," said Sergio.

      The students, along with the school are hosting that 5K next weekend to benefit Snack Pak 4 Kids.