The Blakely Rotary Club honored twenty-one outstanding juniors from Early County High School and Southwest Georgia Academy at the April 21st meeting. Blakely Chamber President Celia Bostwick shared the history of the Youth Leadership training program that currently uses the Youth Engaged in Leadership and Learning (YELL) curriculum. While this curriculum focuses on youth as leaders, it is ultimately about creating lasting social change. Each of the five four-hour training sessions considers how different personality types bring different ideas and gifts to the table to pinpoint, plan, and solve problems. The instructors for the YELL curriculum this year were Lori Gaston Haddock, Julia Houston, and Celia Bostwick.
We are very proud of these students. They worked so well together and made it clear they were in the classes to improve their skills. The instructors were impressed with how well they were engaged in the process and projects.
Chamber of Commerce Youth Leadership participants who received certificates are pictured below with School, Rotary and Chamber leaders:
Front row: Meg Phillips, Maddie English, Chamber President Celia Bostwick, Destiny Ceasar, Sarah Wasdin, Anna Dozier, Instructor Julia Houston Next row standing: SGA Counselor Leslie Bush Godwin, Blair Pollock, Anna Myles Mosely, Payne Murphree, Katie Earnest, Devyn Bennett, Trinity Mills, Ruthie Mulkey, Olivia Lee, YELL Instructor Lori Gaston Haddock
Back: S GA Head Master Matt Dalrymple, Jaxson Haire, Maggie Benton, Tucker McLendon, Jackson Ginn, Gaines Harrell, Georgia Odom, Drew Caudill, Rotary Vice President Dave Atkins, and ECHS Principal Tammy Kilgore. (Kendall Allen is not pictured)