Graduates

Six Montgomery County seniors who graduated Wednesday from the high school leadership program. Picture, front row, from left, are Jud VanCleave and Shawn Mountcastle, back row, Sophie Wishert, Owen Zimmerman, Lucas Covault, Bryce Claycomb, Montgomery County Leadership Academy Executive Director Lynn Ringis and Gideon Dugard.

Six Montgomery County senior high school students graduated Wednesday from the Montgomery County Leadership Academy’s three-year high school leadership program. 

The program just completed its third year with 32 students from the three county high schools participating.

“It was originally created for kids who weren’t absolutely positive they were going to be headed to a four-year college,” said Lynn Ringis, the Executive Director of the Montgomery County Leadership Academy. “We wanted to help them be workforce ready, sharpen up soft skills, help them understand more about the community and all of the careers that are available to them right here in the county.”

Participants meet for four sessions throughout the school year and learn about things such as manufacturing, team building, and soft skills that many employers want prospective employees to know. They also worked on interviewing skills, completed a resume writing workshop and used one session to focus on government and how government works.

This year’s graduates were:

• Jud VanCleave, Southmont

• Shawn Mountcastle, Southmont 

• Sophie Wishert, Southmont

• Lucas Covault, Southmont

• Bryce Claycomb, North Montgomery 

• Gideon Dugard, North Montgomery

Participants are nominated by teachers and then invited to apply. The program is funded through donations from community partners.

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