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The fact that this summit was entirely student led.

"Adults helped with the mechanics of setting up the web-conferencing account and dialing into the conference call," Chivakos said, "but it was all led by the CFES Scholars."

Rick Dalton, president of CFES, said the organization has been exploring ways to bring together CFES Scholars from its schools nationwide on a regular basis.

"We continue to host regional student summits in areas where we have a critical mass of schools, such as New York City, Boston, Denver, the Adirondacks and Hawaii," Dalton said. "But there is real value in convening students from different geographic and cultural backgrounds. Many of our CFES Scholars don't have the opportunity to interact with peers beyond their own communities. We want to give them that exposure, introduce them to new experiences, broaden their horizons."

CFES Scholars from Ticonderoga Central School described their student advocate committee that allows students "to address and fix difficulties in our school."

For further information about CFES, contact Dalton at 802-236-1235 or dalton@collegefes.org.

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