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Award winner reflects on leadership

courtesy of The Press of Atlantic City

Siani Handy, Reporter

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On May 15. senior John Sauer was recognized as one of 25 “Press of Atlantic City Young Leader Award” recipients honored at the Stockton Seaview in Galloway.  Sauer is Hammonton High School’s first AC Press Young Leader Award Winne

The Devils’ Advocate: What is a leader to you?

Sauer: Humble. Being humble is important because sometimes people’s ideas and opinions are going to be better than yours. You’re not always right.

The Devils’ Advocate: How would you describe your leadership style?

Sauer: It’s pretty laid back, but I definitely get the job done. I try to work with the people that want to do things and push those away who doing really want to do the work. I’m not too forceful. I won’t make anyone do anything they don’t want to. They can got home. I take advantage of those who do the work.

The Devils’ Advocate: What have you learned from being Student Council president?

Sauer: I learned people are not easily motivated, and that, if they got to choose, they would do the least amount possible. As president, you have to excite everyone and try to convince them that they want to do it.

The Devils’ Advocate: What was your most successful project?

Sauer: Every year, we do the Christmas giving project and people go above and beyond for it. Giving gifts to the children in Camden is very inspirational. We all feel the same thing: it feels good and we’re giving back. It really changes everyone’s mindset. I love it. It’s my favorite thing to do.

The Devils’ Advocate: What advice would you give to the next generation of club and/or Student Council leaders?

Sauer: Listen. Listen to what people say. Don’t be stuck in your ways, and make room for other’s opinions. Try to take them in consideration and incorporate them into the overall goal. Usually, it ends up benefitting the school in some way.

The Devils’ Advocate: How will you continue your leadership after high school ?

Sauer: In college I plan on getting involved in a variety of clubs and activities. I hope I can run for many offices and gain leadership while in college. Throughout the four years of college I hope to inspire my peers to achieve greatness. Overall I want to make a speech in my college graduation.

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