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Leaders are made, not born in the Pendergast School District


Pendergast School District Superintendent Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux, Second From Right, With Member Of The Eighth Grade Superintendent’s Student Council. Photo Courtesy Pendergast School District

“Students should be seen, heard, and trained as leaders and role models,” according to Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux, superintendent of the Pendergast School District.

DeBlieux formed the Eighth Grade Superintendent’s Student Council five years ago to actualize a student leadership and mentoring model.  

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Eighth Grade Superintendent’s Student Council members visit Northern Arizona University. Photo courtesy Pendergast School District

The purpose of the Council is to build a strong connection to the schools and the Pendergast School District.

The goals of the group are to prepare students for the future and learn more about opportunities available beyond high school. 

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Eighth Grade Superintendent’s Student Council members meet with Mark Kelly. Photo courtesy Pendergast School District

The group also collaborates to create leadership, presentation, and teamwork skills, as well as, participating in community service projects and fundraising for trips during the year. 

Students share how the impact of this innovative Council builds their future and share their experiences and passion for future success.

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Pendergast School District Superintendent Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux, far right, with members of the Eighth Grade Superintendent’s Student Council. Photo courtesy Pendergast School District

“The Council means connecting with the schools and building a bond of friendship. It will lead me to future success because it actually influences me and it builds character, talent and leadership. When I shared with my family that I was chosen for the Council they told me, ‘You are going to graduate high school because we never did and then go to college.’ That belief in me inspires me every day.”

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The Eighth Grade Superintendent’s Student Council tours Northern Arizona University. Photo courtesy Pendergast School District

Pendergast District builds leaders that influence their schools, district and communities each day to make a difference.

We invite you to join our Pendergast family because we are the district that believes in YOU!

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Pendergast School District Superintendent Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux, second from right, with members of the Eighth Grade Superintendent’s Student Council. Photo courtesy Pendergast School District

Visit our website at www.pesd92.org to learn more.

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An Eighth Grade Superintendent’s Student Council shows off gear from Northern Arizona University. Photo courtesy Pendergast School District

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