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Junior leaders complete training

From The Smithfield Herald

Students from every Johnston County high school, including Neuse Charter School, have completed Junior Leadership Johnston County 2014.

Junior Leadership Johnston helps young people prepare for leadership roles in business, community, education and government affairs. The one-week program, open to rising high school juniors, gives students the opportunity to visit and hear from leaders in local business and industry, health services, nonprofits, local tourist attractions and county government, including law enforcement agencies. The Smithfield-Selma Chamber along with the Johnston County Workforce Development Center, the Cooperative Extension Service and the Johnston County Education Foundation oversee the program.

Students apply for the program in February of their sophomore year. Through a selection process, two students from each school are chosen.

Highlights of the this year’s program included tours of Novo Nordisk, Sysco, the Ava Gardner Museum, Johnston County Heritage Center, the Tobacco Farm Life Museum, Smithfield Fire Department and the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office.

Also, students met with the superintendent of Johnston County schools and his cabinets, and they portrayed county commissioners and county agency representatives when given the task of balancing the county budget.

The week-long program ended with an evening banquet, where the students made presentations based upon the week’s activities.

This year’s graduates are, from left: front row – Renetta Shaw and Sandra Luna, both of South Johnston High School; Jessica Ibarra-Alamos, Smithfield-Selma High; Katie Skinner, Cleveland High; Lindsay Barnes, West Johnston High; and Shanika Daniels, North Johnston; and back row – Robin Braswell, Early College Academy; Raequan Smith, Smithfield-Selma; Tyler Ricks, Princeton High; Robert Wilson, West Johnston High; Dillon Bolding, Corinth Holders High; Dylan Bradford, Cleveland; John Fang, Neuse Charter School; Logan Jancuska, Clayton; and Peyton Whitley, Princeton.

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