The Hancock Youth Leadership Academy is pleased to announce that the 2014 high school and junior high leadership classes have been selected. The high school participants are: Elizabeth Ammentorp (Bay High), Nicholas Bevis (Hancock), Morgan Cobb (Home-school), Jennette Cuevas (Hancock), Leona Cunningham (Hancock), John Dastugue (Hancock), Presley Favre (Bay High), Essie Harris (Bay High), Madison Huey (OLA), Megan Krynen (OLA), Brittney Ladner (Hancock), Tyce Lawler (Bay High), Zhen Shuo (Jim) Liu (Bay High); Evan Lundgren (SSC), Megan Magee (Bay High), Emily McGinity (OLA), Trent Necaise (Hancock), Noah Nicaud (SSC), Chase Rhodes (SSC), Sarah Rimmer (OLA), Heath Sahuque (Bay High), Maggie Stolz (Hancock), Georgia Williams (OLA), and Alexis York (Bay High).
The 2014 junior high participants are : Anna Grace Boxx (BW Middle), Harrison Brewer (SSC), Hannah D’Aunoy (OLA), Cooper Grafe (Hancock Middle), Abby Guy (OLA), Makenzie Mack (Hancock Middle), Thomas McArthur (Hancock Middle), Reece Necaise (Hancock Middle), Cameron Oberlies (SSC), Anna Peterson (Hancock Middle), Michael Raymond (SSC), Taylor Riels (Hancock Middle), Kimberly Shiyou (Hancock Middle), Payton Smith (Hancock Middle), Gabriel Toepfer (SSC), Thomas Weber (SSC), Robert Williams III (BW Middle), and Jacob Wolfe (BW Middle).
HYLA is looking forward to an incredible year ahead with these fantastic young leaders, representing all four schools in Hancock County as well as the home-schooled community. Congratulations!
Hancock Resource Center (HRC) is pleased to announce that families needing assistance with holiday gifts may register for Toys for Tots on Thursday December 12, Monday December 16, or Tuesday December 17 from 9-4:30 each day at HRC offices located at 454 Highway 90 in Waveland (next to PRCC-Hancock Center). Families who either missed the deadline for The Salvation Army Angel Tree program or who were deemed ineligible for that program may be eligible for Toys for Tots. Please note that if you are registered through The Salvation Army Angel Tree program or any other holiday assistance program you are NOT eligible for Toys for Tots. Families with children up to 14 years of age (at the time of registration) will be considered for the program. A parent or legal guardian must apply for their own children (documentation is required if not listed on birth certificate) and the person applying must bring a valid photo identification card. State-issued, certified birth certificates for all children are required at time of registration. Applicant must bring documented proof of income and expenses.
For additional information, please contact Jane Stock at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 228-463-8887.
The Hancock Youth Leadership Academy (HYLA) held a graduation ceremony for its first class of high school seniors on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at the Bay St. Louis Community Hall. The graduation was the culmination of a rigorous year-long program that the students began last year as juniors in high school. Over the course of the past year, HYLA students developed and sharpened leadership skills based on the six traditional building blocks of community development: business development, workforce development, physical infrastructure, social infrastructure, cultural and environmental stewardship, and civic infrastructure. The program consisted of ten focused leadership training sessions that included such topics as how to affect change, civic engagement, career planning and budgeting, economic development and entrepreneurship, college planning on an overnight "college cruise,” community assets, and diversity, safety, and wellness on campus.
“These students have been outstanding. This has been the most amazing group of young people. We have definitely learned as much from them as they have from us. We are looking forward to another exciting year,” said Rhonda Rhodes, President of the Hancock Resource Center, who founded the Hancock Youth Leadership Academy in 2012.
Katherine Yanez and Joshua Conaway were the recipients of $250 scholarships that will be paid to the participants’ colleges once enrolled. Katie Yanez attends Hancock High School and will attend USM in the fall. She credits HYLA with “learning how to speak in front of a large group of people with composure.” Josh Conaway attends St. Stanislaus College and plans to attend Ole Miss. He learned “practical experience in how to handle unexpected real-life situations through the Leadership Academy.”
The Hancock Youth Leadership Academy is the first county-wide youth leadership program in Hancock County. It was made possible thanks to a seed grant from Neighborworks America and matching funds from The First, A National Banking Association.
The 2013 HYLA graduating class are pictured from left to right: (front row) Alex Sandoval (Bay High), Katherine Yanez (Hancock), Olivia Tenney (Hancock), Hannah Oliver (OLA), Katherine Grafe (Hancock), Alexandra Walker (Bay High), Miriam Keith (Bay High), Rosalea Garland (Bay High), Samantha McKee (Bay High), Joshua Conaway (SSC), Patrick Ponder (Bay High). (second row) Danielle Garfield (Hancock), Madison Seay (Hancock), Brittney Palode (Hancock), Emily Hinkel (Bay High), Crystal Jenkins (Bay High), Merritt Baria (Bay High), Clara Williams (Bay High), Mary Michael Collins (OLA), Balius Lee (OLA), Kady Ott (Bay High), (back row) Hayden Brewer (Hancock), Levi Strong (Hancock), Hannah Stealey (Hancock), Edward Harris (Bay High), Trey Asher (SSC), James Grotkowski (SSC), Brandon Butler (Hancock), Christa Reed (Bay High) and Hannah Fitzpatrick (Bay High).