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20 graduate from Junior Leadership program

Twenty students graduate in the 19th class of the Junior Leadership Program on Tuesday, May 14.


The Workforce Development Division of the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce Foundation offers this program to 23 area high school juniors each year. Participating students are provided the opportunity to learn about our community and participate in skills enhancing leadership development over the course of their school year.
The class is built around the 4 Cs of 21st century Skills: Communication, Critical Thinking, Creativity and Collaboration, and is present in each of their meetings throughout the year. Sessions included meeting and interviewing local business owners, non-profit leaders, government representatives, judicial representatives and representatives from area colleges. Students also gained first hand insight of Henderson County’s industry and economy through tours at AdventHealth Hendersonville and Kimberly-Clark.
The program is offered at no cost to the students through support from sponsors. This year's program was presented by Kimberly-Clark and McDonald’s, with additional support provided by AdventHealth Hendersonville, Barnette & Coates, Blue Ridge Community College, Champion Credit Union, Chick-fil-A, The Fresh Market, Henderson County Sheriff’s Department, Inside Out Inc., Mike’s on Main, Sam’s Club and Wilsonart.
Rising juniors interested in participating in the 2019/20 class can get more information and apply through their school guidance counselor.
Program graduates were:
Caleb Grady - East Henderson High School
Vadim Konko - East Henderson High School
Brianna LaRue - East Henderson High School
Michelle Zheng - East Henderson High School
India Davis - Hendersonville High School
Oliver Kompathoum - Hendersonville High School
Giovanni Melendez - Hendersonville High School
Josiah Pace - Hendersonville High School
Ellie Stout - Hendersonville High School
Hallie Davis-Proctor - North Henderson High School
Simona Espinoza - North Henderson High School
Mackenzie Hill - North Henderson High School
Ashley Patton - North Henderson High School
Maya Phillips - North Henderson High School
Madison Broome - West Henderson High School
Luke Johnson - West Henderson High School
Lauren Mullis - West Henderson High School
Griffin Smith - West Henderson High School
Luke Petree - Veritas Christian Academy
Elayna Robinson - Veritas Christian Academy