October 03, 2012 Edition

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The Ralph Joseph Youth Leadership Class 18 recently visited the state Capitol. Shown with State Rep. James Ratliff (left) and Sloan-Hendrix School Supt. Mitch Walton (right) are (front, from left): Derrek Nunally, Megan Carey, Sara Wright, Sabrina Knight, Kaitlin Briner, Kelsey Richey, Britni Miles; (back) Alissah Harris, Courtney Sears, Anna Bland, Jake Ellis, Jessica Whitmire, Makenly Coles and Edward Harthorn. Rachael Weekley (not pictured) is also a member of the class.

RJYL Class 18 visits state Capitol

Members of the Ralph Joseph Youth Leadership Class 18 spent Sept. 11-12 on an overnight trip to the C.A. Vines Arkansas 4-H Center near Little Rock. Members of the group participated in a ropes course and a "True Colors" personality program and toured the state Capitol in Little Rock.

The first day at the center, students experienced the ExCEL leadership ropes course, which includes a zip line. The next day was spent participating in a personality assessment and touring the Capitol.

Dr. Joseph Waldrum led the students in a program called "True Colors" to help them learn more about themselves and each other's personalities.

Accompanying the 15-member class were leaders Gail Clark, John Thomison and Ashley Durden, family and consumer science Extension agent.

Each year, 15 high school students, representing the four Lawrence County school districts, are selected to participate in the program.

Other sessions during the program include community assessment, communications, etiquette, decision-making, project reports and cultural diversity. Students also complete a community service project during the program.

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