2011 LaGuardia Leadership Team

The "Make It Happen" Rising Stars Talent Show





Project Description

On April 28, the 2011 LaGuardia Community College Leadership Program team held “The Make It Happen Rising Stars Talent Show,” which included comedy, poetry, dance, and musical performances, among other things.  The show reflected the slogan for the team’s 2011 project, “Invest to Success,” which refers to the importance of investing time and energy to one’s academic career, as well as the communal value of individuals’ commitment.



2011 LaGuardia Leadership Team

Shenouda Ayad, Jose Duran, Denise Gonzales, Sadian Koureissi, Patrich Watkins, Lavie Margolin (Advisor)






"Life is hard… Life is cold… These are the excuses we tell ourselves every day to give into defeat,     

but we as people can always rise to our feet."

                      -- "We cannot fail" by ASAP student Ishmael Robinson, read at the "Make it Happen" Rising Stars Talent Show

                           Click here to read "We cannot fail" >> <pdf>






What did you learn from the process of planning and executing your team project?

Jose: What I learned is that it takes time and everyone needs to be committed in order to make each project a successful one.



What was your favorite part of working on your team project?

Jose: Watching it come together and working on it as a team.



Do you think your team reached its goals in planning and executing your project?

Jose: Yes: everyone reached their goals and got their tasks done on time and executed them well.



Were there any parts of your project that didn’t go as planned?  If so, how did you deal with the unexpected or difficult moments, and did you learn anything from them?

Jose: The only thing was that we started and ended our show a little late due to technical difficulties, but we got through it and worked it out. What I learned is to be is a little bit more prepared and check as many things as I can before the event.



What impact has the ASAP Leadership Program had on you as a student and as a person?

 Jose: It made me a stronger leader and really helped me be a stronger person as a whole.



How will you apply the lessons or skills you’ve learned through participating in this experience—in the classroom, in your career, and/or in your life in general?

Jose:  This experience thought me good leadership skills that I can use in life and my career. Being a business major I would need to have mastered these skills in order to be successful and this program helped me to do just that and more.