Students from across WA meet in Pasco for leadership conference

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Students

About 1,000 students from across Washington are in Pasco this weekend for the state's largest student leadership conference.

The 32nd annual Washington Association of Student Councils Conference kicked off this afternoon, as students arrived at Chiawana High School.

Throughout the weekend, students will spend time in leadership workshops and listen to motivational speakers.

They will also participate in community service projects.

Student organizers from the Tri-Cities say being a leader at school can be hard work, but the payoff is worth it.

"It helps you academically, because once you're involved in school, studies show that your grades actually go up the more you're involved. And it's just nice to make your school awesome" said Ilennis Martinez, Chiawana H.S. senior.

A group of about 40 high school students and advisors from the Tri-Cities spent the last two years preparing for this weekend's event.