The participants for the Youth LEAD class for 2019-20 have been selected. Leadership Paducah Alumni Association (LPAA) and Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce 36 area youth were selected to participate in Class #9. Class members take part in a six-month educational course that began this month with an orientation retreat and concludes with their graduation at the Paducah Chamber Power in Partnership breakfast in April 2020.
Youth LEAD is a program designed to develop and prepare students for future community support and leadership roles in Paducah-McCracken County. Youth LEAD targets high school juniors in Paducah Independent, McCracken County Public, and the private school systems, St. Mary and Community Christian Academy. The students spend one day a month learning about human needs and service learning, communication and career development, business and economy, law and government, and health care in Paducah and McCracken County.
Members of the 2019-20 Class #9 are as follows:
Community Christian Academy – Ashley Thurston
McCracken County High School – Jackson Allen, Maggie Aydt, Natalie Barnhill, Bailey Bowland, Brooke Bowling, Zoey Brinker, Sydney Carter, Gracie Conway, Olivia Dodge, Abbie Farmer, Reagan Farmer, Morgan Guess, Dylan Houser, Ashby Murt, Emma Kate Schaaf, Charli Siener, Maggie Smith, Maddie Thomas, Molly Thomas, Josh Tucker, Davis Vessels, Laura Walker, Nate Whitis, Mason Wooten
Paducah Tilghman High School – Raven Butler, Emma Gilbert, Sam Kirchhoff, Jasmine Meadows, Libby Shadoan, Madeline Strenge, JT Taylor, Leah Tyrrell, Zach Ybarzabal
St. Mary High School – Lilly Brown, Hailey Froehlich
The selection process includes leadership potential/skills, school activities, community and diversity among schools, ethnicity and gender. Leadership Paducah Alumni Association, the alumni organization of Leadership Paducah, is a separate organization affiliated with the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce.