Statesville High School student Jennifer McLain founded the Ignite Summit.

Butterfly Gala to support Ignite Summit

Posted at 2:17 PM on Jan 31, 2017

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BY KARISSA MILLER

Each year, Iredell-Statesville Schools’ Ignite Summit gathers a select group of students from middle and high schools so that they can participate in an anti-bullying conference and start initiatives at their schools.

Often, the event serves as a chance for middle school students to brainstorm with other students about improving the social climate at their schools.

This year, Statesville High School student Jennifer McLain will be hosting a Butterfly Gala, the proceeds of which benefit and support the Ignite Summit.

McLain founded Ignite after experiences with bullying led her in the direction of helping others. She also began an elementary Ignite summit last year.

According to McLain, there will be an unveiling for “The Butterfly Effect,” a three-dimensional sculpture by artist Edwin Gil. This is an art piece that was started this year at the fall Ignite Summit.

The event will also introduce the next 10 student leaders who will carry on the Ignite Summit initiative after McLain graduates this year. Student-led tours will be available to see Statesville High School’s art projects.

There will be art pieces sold, light refreshments, as well as student entertainment during the event, which begins at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at Statesville High School’s media center. Admission is free.

The event promotes awareness about bullying and the importance of not being a bystander so that students can empower other students and ignite a spark.

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