Local Youth Share Experience in National Leadership Program

The Pickaway County Council on Youth Leadership honored the supporters and students of the program in their annual Patrons Luncheon on Wednesday, March 10 on the campus of Ohio Christian University.  The PCCYL is a local chapter of the National Council on Youth Leadership and each year selects one student from each county school to attend the national NCYL leadership conference at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri in October.

This year's selected students were Leah Hively of Circleville High School, Alyvia Clark of Logan Elm High School, Nathan Buxbaum of Teays Valley High School and Gracie Hurley of Westfall High School.  Hurley was selected as the female National Youth Leader of the Year out of all the female national participants. 

"My experiences are what you would call life changing.  I will use these skills and experiences throughout the rest of my life. It was very humbling to go to this conference and meet all the wonderful people there, and to be chosen for the Female National Youth Leader of the Year was such an honor."

-Gracie Hurley

The patrons of the program, which include local businesses and community members, along with representatives from each of the four High Schools attended the program to meet the students and listen to how the program impacted their leadership journeys.

"I am so honored to be a part of this organization and to be a Pickaway County native. What is so great about Pickaway County Council on Youth Leadership is that it encourages the local students to dream big. Investing in young lives is so important because they are the future. I was so impressed by the presentations by all four of the local representatives and have no doubt that they all will have bright futures."

- Whitney Davis, Council Member

The purpose of the NCYL is to "recognize and foster high ideals of leadership and integrity among the youth of America". Students are nominated by their peers in their junior year.  They must have at least a "B" average, demonstrate leadership experience and show community involvement. The nominees are interviewed before the start of their senior year by community leaders who select one student from each school to participate in the program and attend the national conference.  This year, each student will be awarded a $1000 cash scholarship presented by Ohio Christian University and an additional $2500 if he or she decides to attend the University.  Winners will be announced at the Youth Salute banquet, held September 4, 2010.

The Pickaway County chapter has grown over the past 23 years from first only being able to send one student to the national conference, to now sending four from each school   This growth is due to the individuals and companies that have joined as members, investing in the lives of the youth in Pickaway County.   For more information, please visit the Pickaway County Council on Youth Leadership's Facebook page or the National Council on Youth Leadership website: www.ncyl.org