NEWTON, N.C. (April 6, 2016)—Students from Newton-Conover High School and Discovery High School completed the 2016 Teen Leadership Newton program during the April 5 Newton City Council Meeting.
Teen Leadership graduates from Newton-Conover High School included Jayne Bailes, Henry Cox, Rebekah Drum, William Gaither, Shelby Graff, Aaron Hamm, Andy Henze, William Pittman, Tabb Shea, Katie Sheets, Carmen Silva and Hannah Stull. Teen Leadership graduates from Discovery High School included Ethan Branton, Ashley Brown, Sunny Chang, Anna Curry, Carmen Duran, Logan Keller, Grace Little and Olivia Martin.
“I am so proud of the teen leaders we have in the city of Newton,” Mayor Anne P. Stedman said. “The talent and leadership skills of these students amaze me, and I’m thankful for their contributions to our city.”
Teen Leadership Newton is an annual program hosted by the city of Newton. The goal of Teen Leadership is to create awareness of the Newton community and its organizations, committees and boards. During several weeks of afternoon sessions, student leaders discover ways they can get involved, develop leadership skills and enhance community pride.
This year’s presenters included Mayor Anne P. Stedman, Catawba County Commissioner Sherry Butler, District Court Judge B.J. Mullinax, North Carolina Rep. Mitchell S. Setzer, Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid, Bob Long with Catawba County United Way, the Rev. Bob Silber with Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry, Jalen Johnson and Twyla McDermott with For Civic Good, and city staff.
Local organizations that opened their doors to give tours to Teen Leadership participants included The Corner Table, the Catawba County Museum of History, the Old Post Office Playhouse, 2 Pink Magnolias, the Catawba County Justice Center, Bassett Upholstery and Sarstedt.
Teen Leadership concluded with student presentations to City Council. Presentations were given on the use of solar energy, creation of a preteen leadership program, and environmental efficiency. The students’ ideas may be integrated into future city operations.
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The city of Newton would like to congratulate all of this year’s teen leaders and thank all of our partners who worked to make Teen Leadership 2016 a success.