Nobember 29, 2006 EditionAlso in this issue...
Members of the Ralph Joseph Youth Leadership Class 12, including Lindsay Baltz (front, from left), Katelin Cavenaugh, Rachel Looney, Breanna Lewis, Katie Williams, Summer Taylor, Jordan Fore; (back) Janie Walter, Desiree Shaw, Brandon Barnhill, Chris Richardson, Patrick Corder, John Thomison III, Amanda Green and Jody Wade, graduated from the program on Nov. 19.
RJYL class 12 graduatesFifteen graduates representing the five school districts in the county completed their eight-session Ralph Joseph Youth Leadership Program with graduation on Nov. 19.
The program covers sessions on community assessment, communications, leadership ropes course, etiquette, personality assessment, decision-making, project reports and cultural diversity. A community service project was also completed.
Tashena Tate, co-chairman of the program, gave the welcome and explained that the program is the result of Dr. Ralph Joseph of Walnut Ridge identifying a need in the community— a need to train youth to be good leaders and give back to their communities.
Dr. Joseph, along with others, donates funds each year for the program, which is conducted by a committee of volunteers. Special guests recognized were David and Rita Davis of Hillcrest School
Committee member Tim Taylor introduced guest speaker Amber Eades, a Class Four graduate. Eades shared thoughts on how the life skills she learned in the program have helped her while pursuing a business degree at Arkansas State University as well as in her current job as a human resources manager with E. Ritter Communications in Jonesboro.
Eades noted that she was grateful for her opportunity to participate in the Ralph Joseph Youth Leadership program, and she challenged the graduating class to utilize their newly honed leadership skills as they prepare to step out into the business world.
Jackie Whisnant, committee member, recognized the 2006 Community Service winners: Jordan Fore, Breanna Lewis and Chris Richardson of Black Rock for their self-help bags, emergency directories and watermelon social for the Black Rock Senior Citizens.
Honorable mention went to Katelin Cavenaugh, Rachel Looney and Janie Walter of Walnut Ridge for their Sports Day.
Bryce Blackman, Lawrence County Extension Agent, reviewed the highlights of the class with a PowerPoint presentation he compiled.
John Thomison, committee member, named Brandon Barnhill from Hoxie High School as recipient of the $1,000 Lawrence Health Foundation scholarship in honor of Dr. Joseph.
Brandon will receive the money upon graduation from high school to attend an Arkansas institute of higher education.
Tashena Tate assisted by Tim Taylor and John Thomison presented the graduation certificates, and Class 12 members shared thoughts from the class.
To find out more about the Youth Leadership Program, contact the County Extension Office at 886-3741 or any graduate or committee member.
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