For Immediate Release
January 24, 2019
The future is bright for 17 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 be able to offer this program for the eighth consecutive year! This year, seventeen students will benefit from the program. The students will recognize their leadership potential by learning the importance of being successful and independent,” said Rhonda Rhodes, President of the Hancock Resource Center.
The students will participate in three 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 16th 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: Makayla Robertson (Hancock Middle), Katie Koenenn (OLA), Hailey Capo (OLA), Lilianne Martine (OLA), and Ali Mauffray (Bay Middle).
Middle Row: Ella Key (Hancock Middle), Jenna Antunica (Hancock Middle), Lilly Lundgren (OLA), Kamryn Avery (Bay Middle), Brynn Compretta (Bay Middle), and Louis Weber (Saint Stanislaus).
Back row: Max Garrett (Hancock Middle), Landon DeWitt (Hancock Middle), Elijah Boudreaux (Hancock Middle), Edward Dezendorf (Saint Stanislaus), Trinity Reynolds (Bay Middle), and Owen Haynes (Hancock Middle).
January 22, 2019
For Immediate Release
Hancock Youth Leadership Academy kicks off 2019 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 2019 HYLA High School Class is comprised of 25 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 10th 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 2018 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): Danae Fowler (Bay High), Bre Hayes (Bay High), Kate Mills (Bay High), Joby Smith (Hancock), Joe Lawson (Saint Stanislaus), Hannah Davis (Hancock), Sydney Hotard (OLA), and Karina Alarcon (Bay High).
Second Row: Allie DuPont (Bay High), Dianna Dardar (Bay High), Brennan Toepfer (Saint Stanislaus), Casey Lee (Hancock), Sophia Compretta (OLA), Lindsey Magee (Hancock), Daniela Cruz (OLA), and Cameron Benzing (OLA).
Third Row: Tommy Gilbert (Hancock), Drew West (Saint Stanislaus), Josh Cothen (Bay High), Reid Pierce (Bay High), Kyle Capo (Saint Stanislaus), Allen Chatelain (Hancock), Chelsea Smith (Hancock), and Jackson Maillho (Saint Stanislaus).