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Lawrence Youth Leadership looking for newest class

By Kristen Bishop
kbishop@decaturdaily.com · 340-2443

MOULTON — What do the assistant drum major at The University of Alabama, a recent Naval Academy appointee and a pre-law student have in common?

They’re all graduates of Lawrence County’s Youth Leadership Program, an initiative sponsored by the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Education to instill leadership skills in the county’s youth.

Youth Leadership is scheduled to graduate its fourth class of high school sophomores and juniors May 14, and the chamber is recruiting students for the 2007-08 school year.

“This is a great program because it puts students together from throughout the county where they can experience things as a group rather than individuals from different schools,” said chamber Executive Director Vicki Morese.

Monthly sessions

Youth Leadership students attend monthly hands-on sessions, where local and state officials expose them to many aspects of society including agriculture, government, criminal justice and economic development.

Morese said the first session is always a team-building rope course designed to “break down barriers and build trust.”

This year’s class also visited the courthouse to witness the judicial system firsthand, the Lawrence County Medical Center to learn about health care and Montgomery to see state politicians at work.

“For many of them, it’s the first time to actually be in Montgomery during the legislative season,” said Morese. “We actually get to go on the floor and hear more about the legislative process and how it works as far as lobbyists and getting bills passed.”

Youth Leadership committee members visited county high schools this week to discuss with students the opportunities and benefits of the program.

Interested ninth- and 10th-graders can pick up an application at the Lawrence County Public Library, the Chamber
of Commerce or from their
high school guidance counselors.

Youth Leadership is not limited to the public school system. Private- and home-school students are also eligible.

The application deadline is May 9.

The 2006-07 Youth Leadership class will graduate May 14 at 6 p.m. at Caddo Cafeteria.

The deadline for making reservations for the graduation dinner is May 11. For more information, call the Chamber of Commerce at 974-1658.

Honorees

The chamber and the Board of Education will honor the following students:

East Lawrence High School: Kolby Buttram, Christopher James and A.J. Wilkerson.

Hatton High School: Cortney Elkins and Chloe Malone.

Lawrence County High School: Forrest Aldridge, Cindy Britton, Emmie Byars, Amber Dutton, Daniel Fagan, Samantha Hill, Whitney Hood, Molly Huff, Nichole Jackson, Austin Jenkins, Logan Oliver, Andrew Rollins, Morgan Smith, Hannah Smith, Scott Steele, Kelsey Terry, Lauren Terry and Abby Woodard.

Mount Hope High School: Tiffany Sparks and Zachary Tippett.

R.A. Hubbard: Candace Orr.

Speake High School: Bailey Blankenship.

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