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Chamber graduates 16th Youth Leadership class

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April 10, 2018
Twenty-six promising future leaders representing Bradley Central, Cleveland and Walker Valley high schools and Tennessee Christian Preparatory School recently graduated from the 16th Cleveland/Bradley Youth Leadership class of the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce.
During special ceremonies held at Peerless Road Church, members of the Youth Leadership Class of 2017-18 recounted their nine-month program. Emily Harris (BCHS), Harper Fuller (CHS) and Parker Benton (TCPS) talked about the year’s emphasis on city, county and state government, community services, infrastructure, healthcare and manufacturing, along with reflections about the value of relationship, team-building opportunities, and how the program impacted them.
Also part of the graduation ceremonies was an inspirational challenge by Robert Green, regional director of Fellowship of Christian Athletes of the Ocoee Region. Green encouraged the young leaders to “lead with extraordinary influence.” Youth leader Maddie Dill (WVHS), also shared a song of special music, entitled “For Good”, as part of the afternoon ceremonies.                        
During the nine-month program, the students were also involved in service projects, raising more than $1,804 for the Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland construction fund and investing “sweat equity” by landscaping at Habitat homes and working in the ReStore. The students also donated nonperishable food items to the Caring Place.
Sherry Crye, director of workforce development for the Chamber, coordinates the Youth Leadership program describes the class of 2017-18 as “a fine group of young men and women who are the promising future leaders of our community, our state and our country.”
Members of the 2017-18 Youth Leadership class from Bradley Central High School are Brooklyn Armstrong, Madelyn Arthur, Mollie Burris, Jared Elrod, Emily Harris, Avery Morrison, Clay Shoemaker and Emily White.
Representing Cleveland High School in the 2017-18 class are Joseph Brown, Elena Burton, Torr Coulthard, Harper Fuller, Rheagan Hall, Hannah Rollins, Anna Kate Sims and Jaynae Wright.
Walker Valley High School students graduating from the 2017-18 Youth Leadership class are Gaby Burse, Maddie Dill, Jordan Fox, Anna Grace Jackson, Sarah Moultrie, Hayden Nicholson, Nikki VanDusen and Riley White.
Tennessee Christian Preparatory School Youth Leadership graduates are Parker Benton and Aayush Patel.
Cleveland/Bradley Youth Leadership is a workforce development initiative of the Chamber of Commerce.
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