The 2016 HYLA Junior High School Class is comprised of twenty-two eighth graders from Hancock County who represent all four area middle schools. On Wednesday, April 6th, the group began their day with a tour of The Sea Coast Echo. There they learned how the news is gathered and designed for print and also the immense value of the community newspaper to the residents. They were surprised to learn that community print newspapers are often doing better than their larger urban counterparts.
The Hancock County Historical Society was the next stop on the tour where Mr. Charles Gray mesmerized students with his stories of the history of Bay St. Louis. Students learned that they could access the archives to do their own historical research. They then enjoyed a delicious lunch at the Cypress Café along with a tour of the old City Hall.
HYLA students were further immersed in Hancock County culture when they took a walking tour with stops at the Alice Moseley Folk Art Museum, the Train Depot, and the Mardi Gras Museum where costumes from the Krewe of Nereids are displayed. Current Lieutenants of the Krewe, Dina Rosetti and Mary Ann Pucheu, were on hand to explain the history behind their organization and the impact that it has on the local economy. HYLA students ended their walking tour with a stop at the Starr Boarding House (which is now the Bay St. Louis Little Theatre). They were treated to a presentation by Cheryl Grace which included free admission to their next production.
The Hancock Youth Leadership Academy is the first and only county-wide youth leadership program in Hancock County, and is a program of The Hancock Resource Center. Moving forward, 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.
Picture – Back Row (left to right): Kyle Capo (St. Stanislaus), Sebastian Fausett (Hancock Middle), Riley Welsh (Hancock Middle), Joshua Cothen (B/W Middle), Tommy Gilbert (Hancock Middle), Easton Logan (St. Stanislaus), Drew West (St. Stanislaus), Sofia Compretta (OLA), Brooke Rogers (OLA), Samantha Broussard (OLA), Geoff Belcher, Editor, Alexa Hardie (Hancock Middle). Front Row: Amelia Haynes (B/W Middle), Sidney Henry (B/W Middle), Hayden Matheson (OLA), Caroline Schafer (OLA), Emily Perniciaro (OLA), Isabella Clogher (OLA), Rose Khadaroo (B/W Middle), Olivia Dosda (Hancock Middle), Macie Firchau (Hancock Middle), Landon Ladner (Hancock Middle), Parker Quandt (St. Stanisalaus)