Youth Leadership Weirton begins program year

WEIRTON – Thirty local high school sophomores are taking steps toward becoming future leaders of their community through a program offered by the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce.

The chamber’s Youth Leadership Weirton program is underway, with a variety of activities in the works for the next several months.

This year’s class, with students from Weir High, Weirton Madonna High, Brooke High and Oak Glen High, includes Alexander Arnott, Lorenzo Basil, Eva Bowser, Katie Castellucci, Caitlin Cuomo, Richard Daddario, Adam Davis, Jenna Fonner, Lauren Fritz, Brette Geary, Lydia Groves, Mackenzie Jacobs, Madison Juszcak, Ryan Kirk, Raeann Lahita, Mikaela Lenhart, Daniel Mayfield, Dalton Minger, Alicia Palmeri, Matthew Pavel, Stephanie Pennacchio, Toni Powell, Bailey Roberts, Katelyn Smith, Matthew Stonebraker, Taylor Thompson, Clarissa Tournay, Alexis Turner- Davis, Christian White and Morgan Zopp.

The program year began Tuesday with a trip to the Challenger Learning Center on the campus of Wheeling Jesuit University for a series of teamwork exercises.

As part of the day, students learned to work together through simulated missions and other activities. A rocket launch contest was held, as well, with the winning team recognized.

Other sessions set for the program will provide opportunities for the students to learn more about themselves, how to plan for the future and how to facilitate disputes.

Sessions include: Integrity on Oct. 15, Passion on Nov. 19, Vision on Jan. 21, and the Simulated Society exercise on Feb. 18.

All remaining programs will take place at the Christ United Methodist Church in Weirton.

The program will conclude with a graduation dinner in April.