Twenty-four senior student leaders from the five high schools in the county have graduated from the Carroll County Youth Leadership Program. More than 409 students have graduated from the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce’s Youth Leadership program.
The graduation was celebrated with a concluding ceremony at Mallard’s Restaurant on Wednesday with the students, directors of schools and principals from each of the schools present.
Students were presented their certificates of graduation inside.
The 24-hour program is divided up into four sessions covering an enormous amount of information.
“Topics include: time management, personal finance, role of TCAT in McKenzie in workforce development, team building, demographics and much more,” said chamber president Brad Hurley. “The class visited the following Carroll County businesses: G & C Supply, Espey Cotton Gin, Hometown Market, C.S.I., Carroll County Thousand Acre Recreational Lake, Carroll County Shooting Sports Park, Bethel University’s In-Line Hockey Arena, Granges, LifeCare of Bruceton/Hollow Rock, Country Corner, and students from Bethel University’s International Studies Program.”
Each school’s students had to tell the names of the administrators present, two things they learned during the sessions and identify themselves and tell about their future plans.
“One aspect of Youth Leadership is to expose the students to a wide array of jobs available in Carroll County. We do this through our tours,” said Hurley. “Each one showed great potential and will be excellent ambassadors for Carroll County.”
Some of the remarks made by students about what they learned included: “Prepare for tomorrow, but live for today, networking and public speaking are important and the county has a bright future.”
The Chamber has two Leadership programs, the Leadership Carroll County program for adults and Youth Leadership Carroll County, which is available to high school students. More than 764 individuals have gone through the Chamber’s Leadership programs. The Chamber Leadership program began in 1990.
The 2016-2017 Youth Leadership graduates are: from McKenzie High School – Anna Comer, Bransen McCaleb, Emma Pate, Paul Watkins and Shelby Horton; from Hollow Rock-Bruceton Central High School –Kayce Brown, Cassondra Holloman, Hope Blankenship and Garrett Graves; from Huntingdon High School –Anna Kate Arnold, Wyatt Stokes, Haidyn McLemore, Grace Angelos and Mary Glynes Espey; from WestCarroll High School – Maisey Williams, Deidra Clark, Woods Ford, Colin Simmons and Haley Wildridge; from Clarksburg – Daniel Noble, Ally Gossett, Cody Maness, Sarah Moore and Jon Noah Lindsey.