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Focus Fridays

Algoma High School Focus Fridays

Focus Fridays

To provide inspiration and learning to our future student leaders, Algoma High School has implemented the Focus Fridays series.

Nearly each Friday during the 2017 – 18 school year, a different presenter will speak to our youth about leadership, civic responsibility, goal setting, financial responsibility, physical well-being, along with other related topics.

It is the hope that this series will help build the leadership capacity of our youth.  In conjunction with the ‘Bigger. Faster. Stronger.’ program offered Monday – Thursday each week, the primary focus is on our student-athletes, however, all Algoma High School students and staff are welcome to attend any of the presentations.

If you have any questions about the program please contact Teal VanLanen:

Focus Fridays are held at the Algoma High School in the Little Theater from 3:05 – 3:25 p.m.  Please consult the schedule below for speaker and topic information for each session.

Presentation videos are posted as soon as they become available.  Click on the date/title in the right-hand menu to access each video.

Focus Friday Schedule

Speakers, topics, and schedule are subject to change.


March 9, 2018
Topic: A Model For Critical Thinking Presenter: Mike Henderson
Critical thinking is the disciplined and objective analysis of information as a guide to judgment and action.  Critical thinkers can be actively engaged in life; creating and re-creating aspects of their lives, solving difficult problems, seeing issues in larger and different contexts, bringing clarity to underlying personal assumptions and core values.  As an introduction to Critical Thinking, we will briefly discuss a model for being proactive and structured in our approach.

Mike Henderson –  Mike Henderson is an Industrial Engineer with extensive experience in both manufacturing and service industries.  His expertise is in leading continuous improvement and transformational change initiatives in order to achieve individual and organizational performance breakthroughs.

March 16, 2018
Topic: Implicit Bias.  Making the Invisible Visible Presenter: Melvin Jackson

April 6, 2018
Decision Making.  Presenter: Stephen Mayheu

April 20, 2018
Conflict and Transformational Leadership – “How do you react in conflict?”  Presenter: Kate Ebersole

April 27, 2018
Shaping your financial future – everything your parents wished they had known!   Presenter: Chas Hartl

May 4, 2018

May 18, 2018

May 25, 2018
Small Town Politics- How to get involved. Presenter: Mayor Wayne Schmidt

June 1, 2018