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Youth Leadership participants to ‘COPE’ with 2-day campout

Youth Leadership participants to ‘COPE’ with 2-day campout
Staff Reporter
It’s off to camp for a group of 24 local high school sophomores, who will travel to Camp Mack Morris in Benton County next week to kick off this year’s Youth Leadership Obion County program.
This year’s class is the 15th group to participate in the local youth leadership program, which actually started in 1998. To date, 318 high school sophomores from across Obion County have graduated from the program.
The two-day trip to Camp Mack Morris will expose the group of teenagers to the COPE philosophy — Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience. Over a two-day period, the teens will actively participate in a series of exercises designed to teach them the importance of teamwork, problem solving, communication, self-esteem, leadership development, trust and decision making.
The 24 sophomores chosen to participate in this year’s program include:
• From Union City High School — Cailee Sinclair, Emily Houston, Grace Ann Calfee, Hunter Corley, Mary Ali Oliver, Maddie King, Will Thralls and Zach Parker.
• From South Fulton High School — Harrison Fry, Emilee Goodman, Kaitlyn Greer, Moranda Johns, Melanie Johnson, Morgan Martin, Jiten Dave and Hilary Whitten.
• From Obion County Central High School — Ka-lani Fowler, Rachel Jones, Luz Morales, Breah Smith, Zack Williamson, Ali Adcock, Abigail Simmons and Tatum Cary.
The program is operated by a group of volunteers, several of whom will travel to Camp Mack Morris with the sophomores next week. While at the camp, the group will get the chance to travel along a zip-line, climb a pamper pole, rappel, navigate a high-ropes obstacle course and participate in a series of challenging ground exercises.
Over the course of the upcoming school year, the youth leadership class will also be excused from classes one day a month to attend special leadership sessions. The group will go on tours and will hear from guest speakers who will discuss the importance of different elements of the community.
There will be an Agri-culture Day, Public Service Day, Law Enforcement Day, Business/Economic Development Day, Health Care Day and a Community Service Night.
The group will also travel to the state Capitol in Nashville in the spring for Legislative Day. There, the class will tour the Capitol and will meet with Gov. Bill Haslam as well as other state officials.
The Youth Leadership Obion County program is sponsored by First Citizens National Bank, A&J Sal-vage, Vaughn Electric Co. and Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City.
Published in The Messenger 8.23.12

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