Nineteen students graduated from the 2012-2013 Stone County Youth Leadership program April 16 in the Kenneth and Janice Sutton Lecture Hall at Ozarka College – Mountain View.
During the ceremony, Sarah Werb received a $250 scholarship from Centennial Bank of Mountain View and Alex Caldwell received a $250 scholarship from the Ozarka College Foundation.
Other graduates included Luke Ward, Jessica Rhoades, Summer Waddles, Destiny Butler, Caitlin Crawford, Jamy Kingrey, Brittany Jones, Jasmine Jason, Shelayna Shelton, Zachery Stroud, Brady Shipman, Bryn Young, Alex Caldwell and Kylee Croney, Hanna Brooks, Alectra Brown and Meranda McDonald.
The mission of the Stone County Youth Leadership program is to identify, motivate and train potential young leaders, enabling them to take an active role in their community. This will result in strong leaders who have hope for the future and the tools to influence a positive and progressive community.
The programs offered include “Team Building,” “Community Involvement,” “Focus on Finance,” “Developing Leadership Confidence and Competence,” “Your Ticket to the Good Life,” “Focus on Leadership in Government,” “Our Past and Our Future” and a graduation activity.
Stone County Youth Leadership board members expressed appreciation to the Arkansas Department of Human Services, Mountain View Area Chamber of Commerce, Mountain View and Stone County, Arkansas, Mountain View School District, Ozark Folk Center, Ozarka College, Stone County Cooperative Extension Service and Susan Kemp, as well as to contributing sponsors Centennial Bank of Mountain View, First Service Bank, First Baptist Church, Nana’s Place, Ozarka College Foundation Board of Directors, Stone County Community Resource Council and State Farm Insurance.
Ozarka College is a comprehensive technical/community college, with locations in Fulton, Izard, Sharp and Stone counties. The college offers 28 associate degrees, technical certificates and certificates of proficiency, as well as workforce training, continuing education and adult basic education.