NEWTON — Students from Newton-Conover High School and Discovery High School completed the 2018 Teen Leadership Newton program during the May 15 Newton City Council meeting.
Teen Leadership graduates from Newton-Conover High School included Jaden Adair, Matthew Connor, Ben Harris, Spenser Harris, Jake Heyl, Kaylee Kanipe, Paul Karre, Carson Loudermelt, Lauren McNeely, Jamie Nunez, and Kyra Porter.
Teen Leadership graduates from Discovery High School included Esmeralda Benitez, Alexis Cobb, Carson Davis, Rachel Dillingham, Michael Dyson, Trace Fulbright, Lily Guzman, Adeline Joplin, Raven Settlemeyre, Rebecca Sharpe, Steven Tagner, Gunnar Taylor, Saul Trejo, and Colleen Whitener.
“Newton is truly fortunate to have such a wonderful group of teen leaders,” 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 a series of interactive sessions, student leaders discover ways they can get involved, develop leadership skills, and enhance community pride.
This year’s presenters included Mayor Stedman, Mayor Pro Tem John Stiver, Police Chief Don Brown, Catawba County Commissioner Sherry Butler, the Rev. Bob Silber with Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry, and city staff.
Local organizations and businesses that opened their doors to Teen Leadership participants included Dana’s Fine Jewelry, 2 Pink Magnolias, The Corner Table, and ZF.
Teen Leadership concluded with student presentations to city council. Presentations were given on visual public art, recreational opportunities, art and culture, and making Newton more appealing to younger generations. The students’ ideas may be integrated into future city operations.