A total of 26 graduates of the 2012-2013 Leadership Sedalia Class received public recognition for their efforts during a ceremony held Thursday morning at the Fox Theater Event Center in downtown Sedalia as part of the Sedalia Area Chamber of Commerce’s monthly Business Connection Breakfast, sponsored by US Cellular.
Fifteen youth were paired with 11 adults for the most recent class of leaders, chaired by Bothwell Regional Health Center CEO John Dawes.
“This is the third graduating class of youth, but we’ve actually had an adult program since 1987, and it was resurrected in 2005. So this is the ninth graduating class of adults. We had a great group this year and we’ve already selected next year’s youth. We had probably the highest number of applications we’ve ever had. It was difficult to select 15, so we extended it to 17 (for next year) and now we’re ready to recruit the 2014 adult class,” Dawes explained. “Applications are available.”
Students from three local schools particpated in the 2013 class, including Mickayla Andreson, Wade Hagebusch, Holly Hill, Cole Simoncic and Hannah Yonce, all from Smith-Cotton High; Miranda Meyer, Sarah Benitz, Grace Callis, Gabbi Ebers, Sydney Eichholz, Michael Hohne, Erin Holt and Brandon Oesterle, all from Sacred Heart; and Allison Cormican and Jacquelyn Sims from Applewood. (Michael Hohne was not able to attend the cermony due to a golf match).
Each grad received a certificate of completion and a ‘DecoBlock’ from Pittsburgh-Corning Corporation.
Adult partticipants included: Bea Warder, Brian Carr, Joe Gilgour, Linda Harris, Cyndi henn, Pam Hirshberg, Nicole Polk, Fredrick Knight, LaSondra Marsch, Kevin Wade and Jeri Uptegrove.
The next project for Leadership Sedalia involves the renovation of the Little Red MoPac Caboose, situated on South 65 Highway. Photos by Randy Kirby, Sedalia News Journal.