Parents, mentors, educators and community leaders gathered at the Brentwood Library Feb. 23 to honor 20 stellar students graduate from the Youth Leadership Brentwood program. The graduates consisted of students at Battle Ground Academy, Brentwood High School, Brentwood Academy, Franklin Road Academy, and Ravenwood High School. Each were honored with a certificate of completion and received a class gift, the Dr. Seuss book,Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
The 2016 graduates are:
- Hunter Anderson – Brentwood Academy
- Jack Arnold – Battle Ground Academy
- Nikhil Arun – Ravenwood High School
- Afia Asare – Ravenwood High School
- Morgan Cary – Ravenwood High School
- Sam Christie – Brentwood High School
- Laurel Dernbach – Franklin Road Academy
- Olivia Flint – Ravenwood High School
- Grant Glass – Brentwood Academy
- Jackson Harvey – Brentwood Academy
- Caroline Hopfensperger – Ravenwood High School
- Andrew Long – Brentwood Academy
- Jackson McNabb – Brentwood High School
- Sydney Nelson – Ravenwood High School
- Joe Roebuck – Ravenwood High School
- Allie Sheets – Brentwood Academy
- Kevin Smalley – Ravenwood High School
- Hannah Williams – Ravenwood High School
- Lauren Williamson – Brentwood Academy
- Emma Young – Brentwood High School
As a celebration of what they learned, students from each respective school presented their capstone group projects, which included increasing voter turnout in Brentwood, a website for teen employment opportunities and a plan for increasing volunteerism at a local children’s home, all aimed at making their community and schools better. At the conclusion of the event, Allison Cowie, a YLB student representative at Battle Ground Academy, showed a video highlighting the most memorable and funny moments of the five-month program.
Youth Leadership Brentwood is a program of the Williamson County Chamber Foundation, led by Executive Director Lynn Tucker. During this hands-on, exploratory leadership training, sophomores and juniors are chosen to take an intensive look at the Brentwood community, hone their leadership skills and meet one-on-one with adult community leaders in various business sectors. They participate in an opening and closing retreat and program days focusing on history, government, media and entertainment, criminal justice, business and financial services, and quality of life.
This year’s presenting sponsor was Brentwood Academy, and other supporting sponsors were the Brentwood Noon Rotary, H.G. Hill Realty, LLC, Right At Home of Nashville & Williamson County, Technology Advice, Pamela Vaden of the Leadership Brentwood Class of 1991, the Leadership Brentwood Alumni Association and a host of parent donors.