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Chamber’s Edge Student Leadership launches new program year Aug. 20

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

RELEASE 19-008

The Chamber’s long-time student leadership program Edge is prepared to welcome 34 high school students Aug. 20 from across Morgan County as the school year begins.

Edge Student Leadership is open to all 10th and 11th grade students in Morgan County. The program was created to expose students to leadership opportunities in a creative and challenging environment, providing the students – through projects and subject matter experts – with the tools necessary to develop individual leadership skills. The program also encourages students to give back to their community and be a positive influence in their schools.

“As a community, we all are called to play a role in developing young people to become the next generation of leaders, and we take that responsibility as one of our highest priorities,” said Judy Brown, the Chamber’s director of member and investor relations, and the administrator of the Edge program. “The work they do together over the coming school year crosses neighborhoods, schools, cities and school systems, and each meeting will equip them to make an impact in the future. When they come together as a group and discover their common goals and shared values, there is no limit to the positive effect they can have among their peers.”

The class meets for a full day once a month, with each day focusing on specific topics. Themes for each day include teambuilding, healthcare, public safety, education, economic development, community non-profits, area history, county and city government, and a day trip to Montgomery to focus on state government. This year, more than 115 area students applied for the program, which is made possible by presenting sponsor Nucor Steel Decatur. Participants are blind judged by a panel based on a points system. Applications are available in April from school principals and counselors for the following school year.

This year’s class includes Reese Banks, Priceville High School; William Barnett, Jr., Decatur Heritage Christian Academy; Hensley Beatty, Hartselle High School; Brantley Blaxton, Hartselle High School; Ward Bouchillon, Decatur High School; Morgan Brannon, Decatur High School; Natalie Brown, Decatur High School; Lauren Burnett, Decatur High School; Skye Fleming, Austin High School; Calee Fowler, Hartselle High School; Srishti Garg, Austin High School; Amelia Hicks, Decatur High School; Natalie Hurst, Decatur High School; Emma Jankowski, West Morgan High School; Raegan Jenkins, Cornerstone Christian School; Josh Kelley, A.P. Brewer High School; Jeb Lowman, Austin High School; Emily Grace Lyons, Decatur High School; Lydia Matthews, Decatur High School; Fay Moore, Austin High School; Addie Lu Nails, Decatur High School; Mary Claire Pace, Hartselle High School; John Wesley Peters, Decatur High School; Mary-Peyton Propst, Decatur Heritage Christian Academy; Colby Reeves, Austin High School; Caleb Simmons, Hartselle High School; Walker Smith, West Morgan High School; Anna Claire Stacy, Decatur High School; Nia Stevenson, Decatur High School; Eli Terry, Hartselle High School; Wyatt Tomlin, Falkville High School; Cassie Truitt, Decatur High School; Emily Ann Vought, Decatur High School; Sam Waters, Decatur Heritage Christian Academy.

The Chamber thanks its Strategic Partners for their support.

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