Teen Leadership concludes with presentations to Council

NEWTON, NC (March 18, 2014) – Water treatment methods and improved educational curricula were hot topics for students from Newton-Conover and Discovery high schools as they delivered presentations to the Newton City Council on how to address those issues. The presentations served as the culmination of the Teen Leadership Newton program.

Teen Leadership Newton is an annual 5-week program aimed at developing future community leaders. Students are challenged to become the next generation of leaders by learning about the qualities and characteristics of effective leaders. They gain first-hand experience by meeting and holding discussions with governmental, business and non-profit leaders.

“Each year, we have a great time exploring the qualities of every day leaders,” Newton City Manager Todd Clark said. “This partnership with the schools is a great way to introduce local teens to the leadership opportunities in and around Newton. We look forward to continuing the program with Newton-Conover City Schools.”

This year, 18 students from Newton-Conover and Discovery high schools took part in the program, which began in February. These participants were: Ally Adams, Kaylah Bailey-Collier, Amy Bandy, Thomas Colton, Brittany Connor, Abby Cox, Nick Fasanello, Amy Gilbert, Carly Krajack, Sarah Kulscar, Geoffrey McGee, Jennie Pham, Anna Sheets, Aoife Sinclair, Katie South, Jonathan Styers and Chris Ziogas.

            Throughout the program, students heard from business, non-profit and governmental leaders including Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministries Executive Director Bob Silber, North Carolina Rep. Mitchell Setzer and Catawba County Assistant Manager Mary Furtado. They visited ECCCM, The Corner Table, ZF Lemforder, the Old Post Office Playhouse and 2 Pink Magnolias and heard personally from the business owners and managers about effective leadership.