The Youth Leadership Cherokee Advisory Council is pleased to announce the participants for Youth Leadership Cherokee Class VII. The following juniors, representing the county high schools, were selected to participate during the 2014/2015 school year:
Cedar Bluff: Lucas Miller, Abby Storey, Marigrace Wilson, Alexia Moten
Cherokee County: Abigail Stallings, Kristen Roberts, Stone Alexander, Catelyn Holbrooks, John Robert Moon, Alexandria Walker
Gaylesville: Jennifer Hanner, Lauren Hammett, Logan Shook, Jacob Reynolds
Sand Rock: Jared Blackwell, Brevyn Phillips, Sabryn Chandler, Madison McCullough, Mary Frances Brown, Amelia Parker
Spring Garden: Ethan Rogers, Haley Williams, Abbie Porter, Alexandria Robertson, Josie Smith
YLC meets the first Tuesday of each month from October – April. A variety of topics are explored during the year. Programs to be explored include Orientation, City and County Government, Education, Healthcare, Community Service, and Economic Development. A graduation ceremony concludes the program year.
The students were selected after completing an application and in some cases an interview. Students must have maintained an 80 average in core curriculum subjects, have a history of acceptable attendance and behavior. They also must have shown involvement in extracurricular activities, honors and awards and community service. There is no cost to the students to participate.
This year’s sponsor is Gadsden State Community College. Supporting sponsors include: Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, Regions Bank and KTH Leesburg Products.
Advisory Council members include: Mickie Kerr, Chairman. Kurt Duryea, Donnie Free, Thereasa Hulgan, Johna Lindsey and Linda Starr. Joy Perry serves as Program Director.
As a program of the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, YLC is designed to identify, prepare and build leadership resources within Cherokee County.
“Youth Leadership Cherokee is now underway. I have an awesome group of students. We started out with a welcome and introduction by Chad Steed, Coordinator of Academic & Student Support Service with Gadsden State Cherokee.
We traveled to Orbix Hot Glass where each student blew their own Christmas ornament. Students had a question and answer session with Artist Cal Breed whose work has been seen in publications such as Oprah’s O Magazine.
From there, we traveled to Little River Canyon Center where we were met by Anna Lindsey. She gave them a tour of the facility and answered their questions. Don Coley took the students on a hike down the trail that goes under the Hwy 35 Bridge to Little River Falls where this picture was taken. I am very appreciative to Gadsden State Cherokee for giving me the opportunity to lead this class. I look forward to a great year!”
~Program Director Joy Perry