Eighty-seven students from 22 Department of Defense Dependents Schools across Europe are attending the 22nd session of the International Student Leadership Institute on Sunday through Friday in Oberwesel am Rhein, Germany.

The session brings together DODDS students and students from Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Latvia and Sweden to discuss leadership issues.

“The students are presented with various techniques and strategies for leadership,” said Robert Lykins, DODDS-Europe student activities coordinator.

“They break into small groups and work on their own plans. They should come out of this better prepared to lead their organizations and be better overall leaders.”

The DODDS students were picked by their schools based on certain criteria, including grade point average, participation in school activities, and their leadership capacity in the school’s student council or other organizations, Lykins said.

George A. Grantham, a social studies coordinator for DODDS began the International Student Leadership Institute 22 years ago for DODDS students in Germany. Since then, it has evolved to include students from many European nations and the United States, Lykins said.

When DODDS reorganized about eight years ago, the institute was made into its own organization, and DODDS now only provides logistical support for its participating students, he said.

“This is an incredible event,” Lykins said.

“The kids are really, really sharp. It’s the best we have meeting with the best kids from foreign schools.”

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