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PCHS students learn to lead

Dare2Lead, the Utah High School Activities Association’s first-annual student leadership conference, was recently held at Murray High School.

Park City High School student-athletes David Payne and Marina Mayo were in attendance, as were one boy and one girl from every high school in the state.

Featuring speeches from UHSAA officials, several school activities directors and PCHS teacher and former NBA player Michael Doleac, the conference aimed to teach attendees how to be better leaders for their teammates and peers.

"We started just in different breakout groups getting to know each other and getting to know different roles of leaders and how to use those roles in school and other places to help lead our peers," Payne said.

Payne added that he took away many valuable lessons from the conference, including an appreciation for the way his peers view his actions both on and off the tennis court, where he just finished his junior season as the No. 2 singles player.

"The biggest thing I learned is the power of influence we have on our peers," he said. "If our school sees us as leaders, our classmates and peers probably do as well."

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Heading into his senior season on the PCHS tennis squad, Payne said it’s important for him to do things the right way to set an example for the many younger players.

"We have a lot of young kids on the team who haven’t really been in this kind of setting before," he said. "One of my goals is to help them get into it and help them feel like they have a spot on the team."

Payne said he especially appreciated Doleac’s speech at the Dare2Lead conference. Doleac, the event’s keynote speaker, starred at the University of Utah from 1994 to 1998 and played in the NBA from 1998 to 2008, winning an NBA title in 2006 with the Miami Heat.

"He was talking about his career in basketball and how he was around leaders all the time," he said. "He told a story about how he played pickup ball with John Stockton during the NBA lockout. He talked about how much of a leader Stockton was and how everybody wanted to be on his team."

Payne said Doleac’s speech, as well as advice from all the other speakers at the conference, got him excited to begin his senior season with the tennis team. He said he hopes to be the best teammate he can possibly be in the upcoming school year.

"[Doleac] talked about having a purpose in life," he said. "That was one of the big things he made sure to highlight. After attending the conference, it opened my mind to what I can do and what I should be doing."