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Cypress Bay Travel and Tourism Students Learn Leadership Skills By Alyssa Levin, Student Writer


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The Feeding Children Everywhere (FCE) and CFALA event was held at Cypress Bay High School. Students in Tourism students recently completed The Chick-fil-A Business Studies classes all over South Florida attended Leader Academy (CFALA) project, as a requirethe event. Taylor Miragliotta said the event taught her the ment for their Paper 2, a part of the AICE test at the end of importance of customer service and teamwork. the year. The Bay was one of 14 schools selected nation“I learned that everyone in the team needs to hold their wide to take part in the project. Participating students own weight when running an event because when one included Paula Berea, Sarah Ramirez, Jason Canter, of the members is a weak link, it pulls the whole team Taylor Miragliotta, Tiffany Fernandez and Alyssa Clayton down,” said Miragliotta. “I also learned that dealing with “I feel very humbled to know that our school was chooutside sources may be difficult, because a conflict may sen to participate in such a monumental event that only occur during the process, where you have to be assertive took place at 13 other schools across the country,” said or else they will not try as hard to come to a solution with junior Alyssa Clayton, the chairperson for the project. “It’s Members of the AICE Travel & Tourism class, you.” also very shocking to realize that my team and I were Tiffany Fernandez, Paula Becerra, Alyssa Clayton, Taylor Miragliotta, Sarah Ramirez, and Jason Clayton said, as the chairperson for the project, she probably one of the only groups of students who actually Canter, with representatives from Chik-fil-A. gained a multitude of skills that she would have never planned the logistics of the Kickoff.” learned without participating in this project. The Academy is a way of instilling leadership skills in high school students, as “I am a passive person by nature, but being put on a pedestal as the leader of well as promoting community service and citizenship. Through monthly modules this group forced me to step up, speak up and follow through with all that I did, called “Leader Labs,” participants focus on a different aspect of leadership every therefore increasing my assertiveness,” said Clayton. month. At the end of the seven-month period, participants are encouraged to put The AICE Travel and Tourism class explores all the factors of the travel industry. their skills to the test and plan a service project for the community. The students learn the impact the industry has on every country in the world. Not “As a team, our job was to plan all of the logistics of the whole event. We were only does it teach students significant information, but it allows them to conduct a not in charge of the actual event whatsoever, but we had to account for all of the real life project, where they gain hands-on experience that supports knowledge planning behind it,” said Clayton. “Specifically, our tasks included booking and about leadership. organizing the space needed for the event, coordinating and holding conference calls and face-to-face meetings with the event planners and CFALA associates who were assigned to our project, gathering and training CBHS student volunteers, Alyssa Levin is a junior at Cypress Bay High School. She is a Features Copy Editor for the school’s newsorganizing A/V setup, creating banners and signage, and so much more.” paper, The Circuit.

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