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Student Councils Meet for Northwoods Idea ExchangeSubmitted: 12/12/2012

RHINELANDER - High school can feel like a world of its own, but today in Rhinelander, a few of those worlds came together.

Lakeland Union, Northland Pines and Rhinelander had their first ever "Northwoods Idea Exchange."

More than 50 student council members from the three schools got together at CAVOC school.

The summit was entirely student-driven.

"I think it's a really great way to step away from the stress of the day-to-day for kids, and also to network with other councils and realize that we're not on an island," said Allie Johnson, student council co-advisor at RHS. "We are all part of this Northwoods area, and we all have great ideas and we can share those ideas and build off them and really create some great bonds between the schools as well."

Student councils usually meet to exchange ideas at statewide and regional events.

But Lakeland Union student council president Jennifer Bauer said this event was more helpful because all three schools are small and rural.

"I think we're coming away with the new ideas we thought we would have, but I think we're also going to be coming away with a lot of new friends and a lot of new people we've met today," Bauer said.

"I hope the students brainstorm a lot of new, fun ideas, and take a lot of events from other schools back to their schools and councils and put them into action to just make their school and communities a better place," said RHS student council president Amber Toboyek.

Northland Pines will host next year's idea exchange.

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