High School Students Graduate from Youth Leadership Program

By: Megan Seals, Communications Coordinator on Apr 25, 2014


      Thirty-eight aspiring young leaders graduated Thursday, April 24 from Leadership University, a community youth leadership development program.  The 2014 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 and is sponsored by Lane College, Union University and the University of Memphis – Lambuth Campus. 

      “It has been a pleasure to work with an outstanding group of young adults and to be a part of their Leadership University experience,” said Allen Nichols, 2013-14 Chairman, Leadership University. “Their enthusiasm and energy is refreshing to see.  I look forward to seeing these students continue to grow and reach their full potential as leaders in the community.”

      During the program, class members completed 63 classroom hours and 12 hours of community service. The class projects for the year included: Youth Town Field Day; Hands Up! Nature Project; and the Boys & Girls Club of Jackson Mural Project. Leadership University students participated in a simulated city council meeting, discussed ethical leadership with local leaders, participated in mock job interviews, tackled alcohol and drug issues, toured the Criminal Justice Complex and participated in a mock court, 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.                                                           

      Nolan Borner, Liberty Technology Magnet High School, and Dustin Monticello, Madison Academic Magnet High School, were selected by their peers to serve as class spokespersons and speak for the class about the Leadership University experience. Within the class, 12 students had perfect attendance. Those students are: Gisela Acosta, Madison Academic Magnet High School; Tobi Adeokun, Madison Academic Magnet High School; Bailey Brown, Jackson Christian School; Allie Cowles, Madison Academic Magnet High School; Sydney Davis, Liberty Technology Magnet High School; Gabby Day, Northside High School; Trey Hoefling, Liberty Technology Magnet High School; Ellen Matthews, Madison Academic Magnet High School; Tidra Price, Jackson Central Merry; Britney Tran, Madison Academic Magnet High School; Carter Wallace, Jackson Central Merry; and Mandy Wilson, Madison Academic Magnet High School.

      The 2013-14 graduates are:  Gisela Acosta, Madison Academic Magnet High School; Tobi Adedokun, Madison Academic Magnet High School; Reese Antwine, University School of Jackson; Peyton Antwine, University School of Jackson; Abby Atkins, University School of Jackson; Madison Borden, Madison Academic Magnet High School; Nolan Borner, Liberty Technology Magnet High School; Shelby Bradford, Southside High School; Bailey Brown, Jackson Christian School; Rachel Carson, Trinity Christian Academy; Addie Carter, Jackson Christian School; Precious Clifton, Jackson Central Merry; Allie Cowles, Madison Academic Magnet High School; Sydney Davis, Liberty Technology Magnet High School; Gabby Day, Northside High School; Ben Dubis, Madison Academic Magnet High School; Jay Dusenberry, Trinity Christian Academy; Makalya Fuller, Jackson Central Merry; Rachel Giampapa, University School of Jackson; Georgina Harlan, University School of Jackson; Katie Hays, Home Schooled; Trey Hoefling, Liberty Technology Magnet High School; Amanda Holloway, University School of Jackson; Shelby Hubbard, Southside High School; Alicia Maners, Jackson Christian School; Ellen Matthews, Madison Academic Magnet High School; Dustin Monticello, Madison Academic Magnet High School; Brad Morrow, Madison Academic Magnet High School; Brooks Neely, Home Schooled; Tidra Price, Jackson Central Merry; Sierra Robinson, Southside High School; Kelsey Sanders, University School of Jackson; John Santana, Trinity Christian Academy; JC Spencer, Sacred Heart of Jesus High School; Britney Tran, Madison Academic Magnet High School; Carter Wallace, Jackson Central Merry; Mandy Wilson, Madison Academic Magnet High School; and Charles Woodside, University School of Jackson.  

      For more information about the program, contact Brandy Stutsman, Program Coordinator with the Jackson Chamber at 731-423-2200 or by email at bstutsman@jacksontn.com.


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