Program prepares students for leadership positions in business, community, education, and government affairs.
Twenty Johnston County high school students recently completed Junior Leadership Johnston County 2016.
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 invited to participate.
Highlights of the 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.
Students interested in participating in Junior Leadership Johnston County next year may contact Joy Callahan for more information at (919) 209-2027.
Cut line: Pictured left to right seated are Cailee Vetrano (Princeton High), Maria Garcia Ortega (Smithfield-Selma High), Mary Catherine Davis (North Johnston High), Nkem Obodo (Smithfield-Selma High), Katelyn Pilkington (Princeton High), Devin Castorina (North Johnston High), Kimber Blackburn (Clayton High).
On the back row are Catie Colburn (Clayton High), Hannah Hill (Corinth Holders High), Greyson Creel (North Johnston High), Brittney Caporale (Smithfield-Selma High), Kamil Ewais (North Johnston High), Michelle Cottle (Cleveland), Bryson Bland (Corinth Holders High), Lane Baggett (Smithfield-Selma High), Shuntorie Ratliff (Cleveland High), Montrez Levi (Princeton High), Nelson Salas (Smithfield-Selma High), Logan Taylor (North Johnston High), and Janie McLamb (South Johnston High).