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Feb 9, 2012 9:00 PM by Danielle Lerner

More than 200 special education students attend Sunnyvale Student Leadership Conference

More than 200 high school special education students from the Vail and Sunnyside school districts got a lesson in leadership, while exploring opportunities for their future. The Sunnyvail Student Leadership Conference took over the Manning House Thursday. It was an all-day event aimed at exposing the students to as many opportunities as possible, to help with their transition after high school.

Some live music kicked off the conference and Jay Anthony Dobyns served as keynote speaker. The former ATF agent was raised in Tucson and he is known around the world for his undercover work investigating the Hell's Angels. He talked about the importance of making the right choices and investing in the future.

The students then broke into groups and learned about topics like vocational training, military service options and business.

"It really helps you because they show that just because you have a disability, it doesn't mean you can't do anything," said Angelica Greenruic, a senior at Sunnyside High School.

The Sunnyvail Community Transition team helped raise the money to make the conference happen. They've been doing so for the past three years, with some help from a state grant and community donations. They say they plan to keep it going for as long as possible.

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