For Immediate Release:
Hancock Youth Leadership Academy Kicks off 2018 with New Class of Young Leaders
The Hancock Youth Leadership Academy (HYLA) High School Program kicked off the New Year with a new class of young leaders. The 2018 HYLA High School Class is comprised of 29 eleventh graders from Hancock County who represent all four area high schools (Bay High School, Hancock High School, Our Lady Academy, and St. Stanislaus). They will participate in a rigorous year long program which is based on building college readiness, appreciation of community assets, and developing leadership potential.
Our first session was held on January 24th at the Leo Seal Community Center. Students participated in “ice-breaker” activities and explored the different characteristics of being a good leader. Gabe Fertitta, Head Coach at Catholic High, gave an enlightening presentation on what it takes to be successful.
Members of the 2017 HYLA High School class joined the new group for lunch to help them learn how to get the most out of the program.
Joy Saucier from Mississippi Power met with the students and conducted a personal profile (DISC) on each student’s individual leadership style. Students participated in various activities which helped them to learn how to better relate to others in the group.
The Hancock Youth Leadership Academy is the only county-wide youth leadership program in Hancock County and is a program of the Hancock Resource Center. HYLA is funded by sponsorships and donations from the local community. If you are interested in supporting the Hancock Youth Leadership Academy, contact Hancock Resource Center by visiting the website www.hancockhrc.org or call 228-463-8887 to learn how.
Picture 1: First Row (left to right): Trace Rhodes (St. Stanislaus), Brenna Labyak (Bay High),
Marguerite Gelpi (OLA), Alex Koons (St. Stanislaus), Blake Comeaux (Hancock), Margaret Spencer White (OLA), Maleah Austin (Hancock), and Ronnie Aleman (St. Stanislaus).
2nd Row: Shelbe McColley (Bay High), Brianna Mitchell (Hancock), Savannah LaFontaine (Hancock), Harleigh LaFontaine (Hancock), Ahmia Khadaroo (Bay High), Wallis Mortillaro (OLA), Isabelle Gelpi (OLA), Hannah Pitalo (OLA), and Kelanie Tennyson (Hancock).
3rd Row: Alexander Fuller (St. Stanislaus), Taylor Slade (OLA), Kearsten Shaw (Hancock), Katie Ingram (OLA), Liam McKeon (Bay High), Kennady Hertz (OLA), Luke Davis (Hancock), Charlie Luttrell (Bay High), and Zach Lofton (Bay High).
4th Row: Collin Ladner (Hancock High), Charlie Whaley (St. Stanislaus), and Nate McCormick (St. Stanislaus).
For Immediate Release:
HYLA Kicks off New Year with Junior High Program
The future is bright for 24 Hancock County eighth graders who have been chosen to participate in the Hancock Youth Leadership Academy. The class is comprised of students from all four middle schools in the county (Bay/Waveland Middle, Hancock Middle, Our Lady Academy, and St. Stanislaus College).
“We are so excited to have 24 students in the program that we have been able to offer for the seventh consecutive year! These students have not yet had the opportunities to discover their own leadership potential. The program is designed to help these students recognize their capability, and the necessity of being successful and independent,” said Rhonda Rhodes, President of the Hancock Resource Center.
The students will participate in four workshops in the next few months, a service project, retreat, and a May graduation ceremony. The first session was sponsored by Accelerated Physical Therapy and was held on January 10th at the Hancock Resource Center. The students participated in several activities which helped them learn more about each other and the different characteristics of being a good leader.
The Hancock Youth Leadership Academy is the only county-wide youth leadership program for Hancock County, and is a program of The Hancock Resource Center. At this time, local community sponsorships are needed. Please consider sponsoring a session or making a general donation to support the ongoing operation of the Hancock Youth Leadership Academy. Invest in Hancock County’s future by cultivating its next generation of leaders: visit www.hancockhrc.org or call 228-463-8887 to learn how.
Pictured from left to right:
Front row: Brandon Griffith (St. Stanislaus), Keegan Leverett (St. Stanislaus), Christian Bourgeois (St. Stanislaus), Katie Pennell (OLA), Haley Cox (OLA), Adisson Capo (OLA), Erica Rabalais (B/W Middle), and Owen Monohan (Hancock Middle).
Middle Row: Maci Ladner (Hancock Middle), Allie Lindsey (Hancock Middle), Reagan Mortillaro (OLA), Allie Haas (B/W Middle), Sedley Normand (Hancock Middle), Celeste Nuccio (OLA), Rachel Rowe (Hancock Middle), and Elisabeth Mooar (Hancock Middle).
Back row: Gus Breisacher V (St. Stanislaus), Naomi Robertson (B/W Middle), Ryan Ladner (Hancock Middle), Urbano Mendez (B/W Middle), Brandon Rhodes (St. Stanislaus), Emily May (Hancock), Devin Graham (OLA) and Julia Hazlette (OLA).
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