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Swimming in Leaders of Tomorrow information

March 1, 2011 - Pam Rodgers
I am in charge of collecting the information for the T-R’s Leaders of Tomorrow section. It’s very interesting to read about each high school senior’s background and motivations which caused their school to select them as a “Leader of Tomorrow.” There are 55 total students from the area, and almost all of them have been really good at getting me their information on time.

There are a few stragglers that haven’t responded yet, whether it’s due to miscommunication or not, I’m still holding the deadline for those few individuals. I’m probably a little less than 75 percent done with processing the information. It’s a balancing act to get my other duties done alongside the Leaders project.

That’s the only real problem with the Leaders of Tomorrow project is that it takes over my work life. With all of these e-mails flooding in, I have to have a “Pam-specific” system to organize it; otherwise, it can be a trial to keep it all straight. Each student has to answer a questionnaire about themselves and submit a senior photo. Marshalltown High School is the toughest to keep sorted because their are 20 students selected. The other nine schools have five, four or three depending on size in our coverage area.

This is my second year with Leaders of Tomorrow, and it is going much more smoothly than last year. I was hit with the project unexpectedly and I was scrambling until the end to get everything together. I was able to anticipate it this year and spread out the time frame to get the information with more of a cushion before press deadline.

So for now, I will still be compiling all of the students’ information and photos and prepare them to go into the section. Getting everything to fit can be headache but it’s not something I will take on lightly. Hopefully this year’s Leaders of Tomorrow tab will look just as good as last years!!


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