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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