Young leaders look back at experiences from chamber program
WEIRTON — Members of the 2022 class of Youth Leadership Weirton took time Sunday to look back at their experiences over the last several months, while looking forward as they prepare to become the leaders of the future.
Each year, 30 high school students from four local high schools participate in the program offered by the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce, learning more about themselves as well as how to work with others, setting goals for their future and how to be a part of a community.
“We take pride in working with all of the students,” Brenda Mull, president of the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce, explained in welcoming graduating students and their families to a graduation luncheon held at Undo’s in Weirton. “We enjoy it and we learn from it.”
Mull pointed to some of the program’s activities, such as the teamwork session held at Blue Stream Farms, where the students were put into groups and tasked with preparing a meal, later scored by a panel of judges, with food items provided by Birch Creek Farmery and the Zesty Italian.
“Working together is how you get the job done,” Mull said.
True Colors provided insight into each student’s personality and how it might compare or contrast with others, while Integrity provided lessons in ethics and Vision showcased the importance of planning and setting goals. SIMSOC revealed more about the various aspects of a society and how they affect each other.
“We hope the experience gives you insight into being a leader,” Mull said.
Some of the students offered up their thoughts on the class, including new skills they acquired and what they learned about themselves.
“It was really fun working together as a team,” Dominic Guiddy, of Weir High, said, recalling the Teamwork session and some of his newfound cooking abilities, which included preparing duck and rice.
Avery Hall of Oak Glen looked back at the True Colors exercise, where she learned about the balance of personalities and how some of stronger in certain areas than others.
“I learned to listen,” she said.
Hannah Buterbaugh of Brooke High noted the importance of relaying clear information when trying to accomplish a task.
“Communication is key,” she said, discussing some of the events from SIMSOC and the role she held in the activity.
Madalyn Roberts of Oak Glen said she enjoyed debating the topics raised during the Integrity session.
“It was cool just to see everyone’s opinions,” Roberts said.
Graduating members of the Youth Leadership Weirton Class of 2022 are: Hannah E. Buterbaugh, Alyssa Jezierski, Johnna Lahita, Tyler McMahon and Brooke High School; Mia Chiodo, Katelynd Costa, Myah Ferguson, Alexia Hayden, Gabriella Orecchio, Mia Pietranton, Luke Sweat, Onna Welsh and Ella Wingett of Weirton Madonna; Alana Adkins, Sydney Brown, Savannah Dulaney, Macey Enochs, Matthew Greenlief, Avery Hall, Hannah Kliner, Madalyn Roberts, Ashlyn Six and Jonathan Snyder of Oak Glen High; and Olivia Baker, Rylie Baker, Emily Burskey, Ashlyn Conley, Isabella Earley, Dominic Guiddy and Mea Kaufman of Weir High.
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