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Youth Leadership Robins Region Class of 2013 Graduates
Youth Leadership Robins Region Class of 2013 Graduates

WARNER ROBINS, GA- The Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce honored 24 outstanding high school juniors at the 2013 Youth Leadership Robins Region Graduation Ceremony on Tuesday, April 16th at the Museum of Aviation.

The 2013 graduates are: Skyler Dawn Baughcum, Northside High; Chenhui Y. Bergl, Houston County High; Gehrig A. Broxton, The Westfield School; Erin Butikofer, Warner Robins High; Carson Elizabeth Carriker, Houston County High; Jennifer N. Carter, Northside High; Cecilia Louise Cerja, Warner Robins High; Caitlen Sarah Christensen, Houston County High; Baylee Alyse Culverhouse, The Westfield School; Carmen Nicole Foskey, Warner Robins High; Brendan Fred Kennedy, Warner Robins High; Nicole Elizabeth Knyfd, The Westfield School; Molly Kathryn Lauritsen, Veterans High; Jacob Barron McNeese, Veterans High; Aja Sade' Miller, Veterans High; Javier Antonio Molina, Northside High; Kahlil Idalis Moss, Veterans High; Taylor L. Peterson, Houston County High; Peyton Olivia Raley, Northside High; Billy Hunter Schwanebeck, Houston County High; Willa Wang, Houston County High; Ashunti Jabria Williams, Northside High; and Bailey Michaela Woodard, Veterans High.

The students were also challenged by guest speaker, Amanda Kozak Miliner, 5th Grade Teacher at Miller Elementary School.  Miliner, former Miss Warner Robins, Miss Valdosta, Miss Georgia and Miss Georgia USA, encouraged the students to be themselves and not compare themselves to others.  “Don’t try to be like everyone else, just do you,” she said.  “It’s also very important to be true to yourself and use integrity in all your decisions to become better leaders.  This has stayed with me ever since I was [a little girl].” 

“Youth Leadership was an awesome experience,” said Kahlil Moss, a Veterans High School junior.  “It made me think more about the way I handle things in the present, so I can improve my future.  I'm a hands-on learner, so actually going to [businesses and organizations] to learn about them helped me understand better.”

Houston County High School junior, Hunter Schwanebeck also chimed in saying that he’s learned a lot over the past 9 months.  “Being be in the Youth Leadership Program has taught me so much about our local community that it urges me to stay in Warner Robins and peruse a career locally after getting a college education.”  Hunter says that over all he has had a life-changing time meeting new life-long friends and being introduced to great adult leaders in the community.   “This was a great opportunity and I recommend this for the upcoming students in the Houston County area.”   

Current Youth Leadership Robins Region Chair, Amy Harmon was also recognized by the Chamber for her 2 years of service to the program.  Harmon is also an officer on the Chamber’s Ambassadors Committee.

The Youth Leadership RR program exposes young leaders to the key elements that form a strong and dynamic community and thus encourages their input and creativity.  It makes students aware of the many opportunities for them to remain in the Robins Region after their post-secondary education by equipping students with the tools needed for future leadership roles in our society.  Selection was based on character, interest in the community and the desire to shape idea and attitudes in others.

The Youth Leadership Robins Region Program is also designed to contribute to the development of future leaders by exposing participants to contemporary community issues, increasing awareness of community needs, strengthening teamwork skills, enhancing communication skills and cultivating decision making skills. 

The Youth Leadership Program is chaired by Amy Harmon, Aflac, and is a project of the Chamber’s Educational Affairs Committee, chaired by Mary Coon, Raccoon Stone & Tile.  The Program is sponsored by Flint Energies, The International City Optimist Club, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Robins Federal Credit Union and Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q, with the endorsement of the Houston County Board of Education and Westfield Schools. 

For more information, contact April Mouton Beal, Director of Events & Communications and Coordinator for the Youth Leadership Robins Region Program at 478.922.8585.

More photos available at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/robinsregional/

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