Program trains emerging teen leaders.
Students representing each high school in Johnston County recently completed Junior Leadership Johnston County 2017 sponsored by Duke Energy.
Junior Leadership Johnston is a program to assist emerging youth in their efforts to prepare for leadership positions in business, community, education, and government affairs. The program, hosted by Johnston Community College, is open to rising high school juniors, lasts one week and provides the students with an opportunity to visit and hear from leaders at local businesses and industries, health services, nonprofit agencies, local tourist attractions, and county government including law enforcement agencies. Students apply for the program in February of their sophomore year. Through a selection process, students from each school are selected to participate.
Highlights of this year’s program included tours of Novo Nordisk, Sysco, Ava Gardner Museum, Johnston County Heritage Center, Johnston UNC Healthcare, Johnston County Sheriff’s Department, a business etiquette luncheon sponsored by Clayton Women in Networking at the Wagner House, and many others. The students also were given the opportunity to meet with the superintendent of Johnston County Schools and his cabinet members and also portrayed county commissioners and county agency representatives where they were given the task of presenting a mock zoning that needed approval.
Junior Leadership Johnston is funded by donors and volunteers. The weeklong program concluded with an evening banquet where the students made presentations based upon the week’s activities and received certificates of completion. If you are interested in participating next year, please contact Joy Callahan at (919) 209-2027.
Cut line: Pictured from left to right are: Duke Thurston (Cleveland), Phillip Powell (South Johnston), Elizabeth Hardy, Jennifer Garcia Ortega, McKenna Harris (Smithfield-Selma), Madison Price, Lesly Mata (Early College Academy), Kessler Callahan (Cleveland), Caroline Sanders (Corinth Holders), Samantha Licea (North Johnston), Kaylon Kenyon (Early College Academy), Jonathan Troy (Clayton), Brianna Murphy (West Johnston), Jordan Grady (North Johnston), Haley Bond (Clayton), Fei Lei (Smithfield Selma), Carolyn Christ (West Johnston), Lauren Lawhon, Haylie Heller (Princeton) and Angel Wagner (East Wake Academy)