Students have a variety of opportunities to develop leadership skills throughout high school.
Our desire is that students will participate in leadership opportunities and bring their skills back toWCCS as they lead their peers through middle and high school. We offer the following leadership opportunities through an application and nomination process each year:
Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP)
This program is designed to identify seventh grade students who score at the 95th percentile or higher on the standardized test for seventh graders. The guidance counselor identifies students who satisfy Duke TIP requirements and provides a participation application to parents. Duke TIP participants have the opportunity to take the ACT or SAT, access the Educational Opportunity Guide Online, and more. Read more about Duke TIP.
Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY)
Each year, WCCS selects an outstanding sophomore to attend the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Seminar. HOBY participants must meet the following criteria:
- Outstanding oral and/or written communication skills
- Critical and/or creative thinking
- Creative problem solving
- Strong decision-making skills
- Sensitivity to the needs and concerns of others
- Charismatic personality (others gravitate toward him or her)
- Courage to speak out for one's beliefs
- Courage to respectfully challenge authority
- Participation in community service activities
Read more about the HOBY Seminar.
Palmetto Boys State and Palmetto Girls State
The Palmetto Boys and Girls State programs seek to develop students into young leaders who are interested in local and state governments. Each year, WCCS nominates juniors who demonstrate academic success, leadership among peers, ability to work with others, and an interest in government. Through a series of essays and interviews, one young man and woman are chosen to represent WCCS at the Boys and Girls State conferences. These conferences are typically held the summer before the senior year. Read more about Palmetto Boys State and Palmetto Girls State.