Students who choose to be leaders tend to stand out.
They do what’s right and set examples. They have fun with others while serving their community. And they attend school board meetings.
“These students volunteered at a lot of places,” said Stacy Thomas, who leads the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business Education Partnership, and the Youth LEAD program, or the Leadership Education And Development program.
“They volunteered at the (Oscar Cross) Boys and Girls Club, they attended school board meetings. Who does that these days?” Thomas joked.
Thomas was speaking at the chamber’s monthly breakfast meeting April 11 at the Julian Carroll Convention Center. She recognized the 22 participants in Youth LEAD’s Class No. 2, a program meant for local students to develop and prepare them for future community support and leadership roles in Paducah and McCracken County. The program targets high school juniors in all school systems throughout the city and county, and those students spend one day a month for five months learning about human needs and service learning, communication and career development, business and the economy, law and government, and health care.
Thomas said students practiced writing resumes and honed their interview skills, as well.
“They’ve been a great group of folks, and I’m proud to be able to honor them,” Thomas said.
Participants in Youth LEAD’s Class No. 2 are: Justin Anderson, Lone Oak High School; Rafiel Banks, Paducah Tilghman; Charles Beach, Reidland; Elliott Bickerstaff, Paducah Tilghman; Miranda Bliss, Heath; Hanna Brotherton, Heath; Lillian Burba, Paducah Tilghman; Jenna Dowell, Lone Oak; Katie Gipson, St. Mary; Braylynn Hendrix, Reidland; John Higgins, St. Mary; Caleb Jones, Community Christian Academy; Olivia May, Lone Oak; Kaylee McCollum, Reidland; Miranda Meier, Lone Oak; Brandon Morehead, Heath; Yasmin Razban, Paducah Tilghman; Heather Redd, Paducah Tilghman; Wyatt Seed, Heath; Ansley Sims, Lone Oak; William Stuart, Paducah Tilghman; and Ann Wu, Heath.
Thomas also recognized Brotherton as the Chick-fil-A LeaderCast Student of the Year because of her outstanding dedication and commitment to community service and involvement throughout the class year.
Those interested in enrolling in the next Youth LEAD class will need to be a high school junior in 2013-14. Applications will be available in August.
Selection of the participants will be conducted in partnership by the school administrators and the Leadership Paducah Foundation board of directors. For more information, visit leadershippaducah.org or contact Stacy Thomas at 270-408-4818 or email email@example.com.