Among the most exciting initiatives of the past two years at our school has been our new annual Youth Leadership and Innovation Summit, presented with support from Providence Corporation.  For this event we invite principals and youth leaders from across Tucson to nominate outstanding 7th graders to come to our campus for an 8 hour Saturday workshop.

On April 2 fifty nine seventh graders from 20 Tucson middle schools came to St. Gregory College Preparatory School for the second annual Leadership and Innovation Summit. During the day the students participated in a variety of sessions demonstrating the how leadership and innovation are woven into our lives.  The hands-on activities taught the student how they too are able to unlock their own potential in these areas with a greater awareness of their abilities and a bit of creativity.

I hope you enjoy the video about the day, produced by St. Gregory student Derek Jobst’13.

As part of our fundraising auction event last night, this video was produced by our fine sophomore student, Derek Jobst.  The video is a truly lovely view of our school, captured in the voices and expressions of our students and teachers.   I hope you enjoy it.

St. Gregory sophomore Rebecca Rogers produced this video as her entry into the NAIS Viral Video Contest.

It is increasingly apparent that video is swiftly emerging as the communications vehicle of our new era, a development about which I am conflicted.    I adore the written word, and love to write myself; I can’t ignore however my own growing proclivity to look for and choose to view video as I seek to learn more on-line about a particular topic.

For a terrific article on the boom in video as a communications and innovation medium, check out this great article in Wired by TED founder Chris Anderson.

Video is the killer app. Don’t write me. Tell me. Show me.

My thanks to Becca, and my best wishes to her for success in the NAIS competition.