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 Tuesday, March 15th, the group began their day by having a fun and fascinating experience at the INFINITY Science Center. INFINITY offers a blend of space, Earth science, engineering and technology content, spiced with innovative programming that leverages expertise from the area's leading edge research and test operations. INFINITY also is NASA's official visitor center for the Stennis Space Center, a Federal city of resident offices, headquarters, laboratories, and test facilities for more than 30 Federal and state organizations, universities, and corporations. Students were taken on a tour of Stennis which provided a behind-the-scenes look at America’s largest rocket engine test facility, one of the most unique scientific complexes on Earth.
HYLA students ended the day with a tour of Hot Sticks Manufacturing Company, located in Stennis Airpark. Hot Sticks is a leading manufacturer of customized drumsticks and imprinted bats and pens. The original Hot Sticks were the first to offer a variety of brightly colored models, and were the only major drumsticks that incorporated a proprietary dry grinding process to protect the integrity of the wood during production. Each student was presented with a pair of drumsticks after the tour and were amazed that these were made right here in their own backyard!
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: Front row: (left to right) Hayden Matheson (OLA), Camille Schafer (OLA), Emily Perniciaro (OLA), Isabella Clogher (OLA), Samantha Broussard (OLA), Macie Firchau (Hancock Middle) Middle Row: Amelia Haynes (B/W Middle), Parker Quandt (St. Stanislaus), Sophia Compretta (OLA), Riley Welsh (Hancock Middle), Landon Ladner (Hancock Middle), Olivia Dosda (Hancock Middle), Kyle Capo (St. Stanislaus) Back Row: Sidney Henry (B/W Middle), Brooke Rogers (OLA), Tommy Gilbert (Hancock Middle), Joshua Cothen (B/W Middle), Drew West (St. Stanislaus), Easton Logan (St. Stanislaus), Sebastian Fausett, (Hancock Middle), Rose Khadaroo (B/W Middle), Alexa Hardie (Hancock Middle)