TICONDEROGA Students from 19 Adirondack school districts will participate in two culminating events this spring to help them develop leadership skills and transition to college. On April 19, 125 Adirondack youth will share leadership skills and practices with one another at the Adirondack Leadership Summit 10 a.m. 2 p.m. at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake. Paul Smiths College President John Mills will keynote the Summit, which is one of a dozen leadership summits throughout the country sponsored by Foundation for Excellent Schools (FES). The Adirondack Leadership Summit, a practical and inspirational half-day seminar that will focus on the student role in making schools and communities better places, is being planned and facilitated by studentsreferred to as Scholarsin FES schools in the Adirondacks. The 18 student facilitators are middle and high schoolers. Working with students from other schools to cover all the details of our presentation is fun and a very important part of the process, said Brittney Lynch, a Scholar at Ticonderoga Middle School. She and classmate Carrie Bishop are teaming up with Scholars from Wells Central School, 70 miles away, to facilitate a workshop on communication at the Adirondack Leadership Summit. Their goal is to get families and communities more aware of and involved in school activities by developing better methods of sharing information about school events. Scholars at FES schools participate in five core practicesmentoring, goal setting, pathways to college, families as partners, and leadership through serviceeach of which will be addressed at the Leadership Summit and at FES events in the Adirondacks throughout the spring. On May 23, State University of New York at Plattsburgh will host the fifth annual Adirondack Senior Summit, an opportunity for 200 college-bound high school seniors from FES schools to start the high school-to-college transition. Students will work with representatives from the colleges they will attend this fall to devise strategies to help increase their probability of post-secondary success. [FES] serves as a catalyst whose job [is] to help the local community raise their own academic aspirations using some common-sense principles, said Ted Fiske, former education editor of The New York Times and member of the FES Board of Directors. I have had the distinct privilege ofhearing educators and studentstell their personal stories of raised expectations, academic success, and radically transformed lives. FES is a nonprofit organization committed to raising the academic aspirations and performance of under-represented youth so that they can prepare for, access, and be successful in college. Currently, FES works with 110 schools and districts nationwide that partner with 175 colleges and universities.