High School Students Graduate from Youth Leadership Program

By: Jackson Chamber on Apr 15, 2016


Thirty-five aspiring young leaders graduated Thursday evening from Leadership University, a community youth leadership development program. The 2016 class represents all the public, private and home-schooled Juniors in the Jackson - Madison County high schools.

Leadership University is an eight-month program designed to identify a diverse group of high school students who demonstrate leadership potential; and to develop in an interactive environment, the framework for constructive leadership, committed involvement and responsible participation in the future of this community.  Leadership University is a program of the Jackson Chamber sponsored by Lane College, Union University, Jackson State Community College and the University of Memphis – Lambuth Campus. 

“I have been very honored to serve as chairperson for this year’s Leadership University Board of Directors,” said Brad Keltner, 2015-16 Leadership University Chairman. “I’ve been very impressed with the willingness of this year’s class to serve our community and their desire to grow. I feel very confident the Jackson community will be in great hands as these young people continue to develop as our city’s next generation of leaders.”

During the program, class members completed 63 classroom hours and 12 hours of community service. The class projects for the year included: room decoration with Hands UP! Preschool; room decoration for the Dream Center; and plan, decorate and help HUB Club enter a float in the Jackson Christmas Parade. Leadership University students participated in a simulated city council meeting, community bus tour, discussed ethical leadership with local leaders, participated in mock job interviews, tackled alcohol and drug issues, visited the Criminal Justice Complex and participated in a mock court trial, among other activities. The program helps the class members to see their community from different viewpoints and focus on where they can make a positive difference.

 Catherine Adkins, University School of Jackson and Knox Cavitt, Liberty Technology Magnet High School, were selected by their class peers to serve as spokespersons and speak for them about the Leadership University experience. Within the class, ten students had perfect attendance. Those students are: Catherine Adkins, University School of Jackson; Shawn Brooks, North Side High School; Chemar Bufford, South Side High School; Kajal Govin, Madison Academic Magnet High School; Keyon Kazempour University School of Jackson; Cadye Long, South Side High School; Jackson McLemore, Madison Academic Magnet High School; Allie Myers, Jackson Christian School; Danielle Parish, South Side High School; and Aaron Williamson, Madison Academic Magnet High School.

 The 2015-16 graduates are:  Jasmine Abbitt, Liberty Technology Magnet High School; Catherine Adkins, University School of Jackson; JP Boyd, University School of Jackson; Shawn Brooks, North Side High School; Chemar Bufford, South Side High School; Madison Butcher, Jackson Christian School; Knox Cavitt, Liberty Technology Magnet High School; Destiny Comer, South Side High School; Shea Dean, South Side High School; Lizzie Dusenberry, Trinity Christian Academy; Maggie Exum, University School of Jackson;  Kajal Govin, Madison Academic Magnet High School; Abby Graves, Trinity Christian Academy; Emma Guthrie, Jackson Christian School; Dafne Gutierrez, Madison Academic Magnet High School; Gage Gwartney, Trinity Christian Academy; Micah Haynes, Home School; Alexia Johnson, Jackson Central-Merry High School; Keyon Kazempour, University School of Jackson; Kyler Leasure, Liberty Technology Magnet High School; Cadye Long, South Side High School; Kacie Lynch, Jackson Christian School; Bryce Maxwell, Sacred Heart of Jesus High School; Jackson McLemore, Madison Academic Magnet High School; Clarissa Miller, Madison Academic Magnet High School; Katelyn Murphy, Sacred Heart of Jesus High School; Allie Myers, Jackson Christian School; Danielle Parish, South Side High School; Brittain Rainey, University School of Jackson; Bridget Saine, Jackson Central-Merry High School; Morgan Samuels, Madison Academic Magnet High School; Savannah Street, University School of Jackson; Callie Teague, Trinity Christian Academy; Ember Tharpe, Madison Academic Magnet High School; and Aaron Williamson, Madison Academic Magnet High School.  

For more information about the program, contact Brandy Stutsman, Manager of Leadership Development with the Jackson Chamber at 731-423-2200 or by email at [email protected]


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