The Leadership Clinton Youth Collaborative class of 2015-2016 celebrated their graduation from the program on Wednesday, March 2 on the campus of Wilmington College in the McCoy room.
The Clinton County Youth Collaborative is represented by high school students from Blanchester, Clinton-Massie, Christian Home Heritage, East Clinton, Laurel Oaks, Wilmington Christian Academy, Wilmington and Xenia Christian. This year’s students and advisors were:
• Blanchester – Matt Burden, Allison Evans, Brooke Honaker, Harbor Lovin, Kaitltn Smithson; Advisor – Elizabeth Long
• Christian Home Heritage – Kaitlyn Armstrong, Elijah Dockins, Mycah Dockins, Kyle Eikenberry, Corwyn Kirkendall; Advisor – Caroline Freeman
• Clinton-Massie – Bethany Brausch, Caeleb Carter, Josh Gibson, Alisha Goodall; Advisor –Caroline Freeman
• East Clinton – Molly Brockhoeft, Devin Henson, Ashten Noble, Hannah Pickering; Advisor – Tony Alloy
• Laurel Oaks – Alex Clark, Mallory Potts, Ashleigh Sell; Advisor – Allison Gates
• Wilmington – Dylan Beaugard, Brittany Gregory, Gus McCarty, Stephen Krause, Colton Smith; Advisor – Tammy Shadley-Hutton
• Wilmington Christian Academy – Annie Beery, Jacey Evans, Andrew Graff, Victoria Smith; Advisor – Tammy Beery
• Xenia Christian Schools – Victoria Kocher; Advisor – Tammy Shadley-Hutton
The class started in September with an Opening Day at Stepping Stones Stables and then monthly class days which covered a variety of topics including History and Culture of Clinton County, Modeling the Way, Community Service, Public Issues/Social Media Experience, and Education Day. These all provided the participants with exposure to leadership skills, an increased knowledge of Clinton County, and a wealth of contacts that will serve them well in to the future.
At the graduation, each school presented an overview of a project they completed which is part of the requirement for completion of the program. All the schools provided power point presentations and each student took a turn discussing the successes and challenges they faced with their project. Completed projects were:
• Blanchester – Built hand sanitizer holders and obtained an unlimited supply of hand sanitizer for Stepping Stones Ranch.
• Christian Home Heritage – Raised funds for New Life Clinic by holding an UNO for Life tournament.
• Clinton-Massie – Conducted a food drive for Your Father’s Kitchen.
• East Clinton/Xenia Christian – Cleaned and painted dressing rooms at the Murphy Theatre.
• Laurel Oaks – Visited with residents at The Laurels of Blanchester and Clothing drive for Stepping Stones Ranch.
• Wilmington – Helped the Earley family with work around their home and donated money in honor of their son, Clayton Earley, to Alex’s Lemonade Stand.
• Wilmington Christian Academy – Built a bench and provided a fire pit for use at Stepping Stones Ranch.
The graduation ceremony’s keynote speaker was Stephen Crouch, a 2012 graduate of LCYC and a third-year college student at the University of Cincinnati. He touched on his experience he gained from the program and how he has been able to use it as he implemented a County Student Council program as well as drawing on his time in the program for use during his time in college.
With the mission of CCLI’s LCYC program to create awareness of the opportunities and challenging issues facing Clinton County and the need for all citizens to become involved with a focus on reaching our youth leaders. The 2015-2016 class has successfully completed all the requirements and joins the past 20 LCYC classes in becoming the 21st.
The Leadership Clinton Youth Collaborative is one of three programs under Clinton County Leadership Institute. For the past 13 years, Tammy Shadley-Hutton has been the Program Director over the LCYC program. The other programs are the Adult Leadership and recently CCLI has added Junior Achievement in the 3rd grade classes at Wilmington City Schools.
The Clinton County Leadership Institute was created in the fall of 1986. Over 140 companies and individuals have sponsored more than 500 graduates in the adult program and more than 400 youth have graduated from the Youth collaborative program begun in 1994. For more information, please contact CCLI at 937-382-7120 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.