The Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the first Student Leadership Shenandoah County class.
- Brooke Jones-Junior, SJHS
- Tyler Burns-Junior, SJHS
- Emily Poole-Junior, SJHS
- Sia Patel-Sophomore, CHS
- Lisa Carroll- Sophomore, CHS
- Taylor Ray-Junior, CHS
- Erika Hutton-Sophomore, CHS
- Cheyenne Estep-Sophomore, CHS
- Alyssa Thorpe-Junior, CHS
- Eric Rodriguez-Junior, CHS
- Ann Walsh-Junior, CHS
“The Chamber is extremely pleased to partner with the Shenandoah County school system to offer this program for the first time in our community. The class is very enthusiastic to learn more about what our County has to offer and we have five day-long sessions that will provide a great depth and knowledge into each area,” shared Sharon Baroncelli, President/CEO of the Chamber and coordinator of the Student Leadership program.
The mission of the Student Leadership Shenandoah County (SLSC) program is to equip rising high school sophomores and juniors with opportunities to acquire and implement leadership skills in their school and community. The SLSC program will foster the development of student leadership skills through various experiences.
The goals of SLSC are to identify high school students who are leaders or have demonstrated leadership potential; give young people the knowledge, tools, and contacts to create successful leaders; instill and nurture a sense of social responsibility in our youth; offer a forum for young leaders to express their needs, goals, and opinions; explore the diverse facets of Shenandoah County’s social affairs, government, and business; provide participants a chance to serve their community; and to present young leaders with a renewing and fun experience.
Student Leadership Shenandoah County provides students with an understanding of the complex issues facing Shenandoah County through exposure to community leaders and the structures within which they operate, and through discussions and examination of current issues facing the County. The daily topics include Agriculture/Tourism, Local and State Government, Education, Public Safety, Health Care and Human Services, and Business/Industry. Sessions are led by a combination of community leaders, professional facilitators, and specialists in the respective fields.
“These kids have absolutely exceeded every high expectation I have had for them this week. They learned economic development, industry, health services, agriculture, emergency services and much more about their county through authentic, hands-on experiences. They are definitely our future leaders and that is exciting,” shared Jennifer Burner, Student Leadership School representative and Central High School teacher.
Student Leadership Shenandoah County is modeled after the Leadership Shenandoah County program for adults which began in 2017. Student Leadership is made possible through the support of H.N. Funkhouser & Company, MidAtlantic Farm Credit, Shenandoah Education Foundation and the Woodstock Rotary Club, along with the Chamber’s Annual Sponsors First Bank, Holtzman Oil & Propane, Shentel, Sprint, Northern Virginia Daily, Centennial Broadcasting, iHeart Radio, Valley Health, DuPont Community Credit Union, Hampton Inn & Suites Woodstock, and Bowman Andros Products.