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LHC youth challenged to make county, country better place

LHC youth challenged to make county, country better place
LHC youth challenged to make county, country better place
Members of the 2022 Youth Leadership Harrison County class sign thank-you cards following their graduation program at Lanesville Heritage Community Center. Photo by Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor
By Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor, Editor, [email protected]

As part of the 2022 Youth Leadership Harrison County graduation program, Matt Schickel, committee chair for the program, challenged this year’s participants.

Before issuing the challenge, Schickel, a Marine Corps veteran, quoted the nation’s 35th president, John F. Kennedy: “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”

“So, I ask the same question to graduates of this year’s youth leadership program: What are you going to do to make this county and, ultimately, country a better place?” he asked. “How are you planning on making this happen? Do you plan to sit on a local non-profit board, volunteer more time to a cause you believe in or maybe even create a something of your own? As new servant leaders, it’s your turn to show up, encourage others to follow and get out there and make a difference.”

Members of this year’s class — 22 students from Harrison County’s four high schools — had a brief introduction with non-profit board, hearing from several board representatives then spending time serving with a board as part of the seven-month program (students met once a day each month at various sites throughout the county). Those boards with which LHC youth participated (and the group name and class members) were Ann’s Angels of Hope (Team Pink — Emma Campbell, Annika Martin and Kailin Scarberry), Indian Creek Trail (Busy Bees — Rachel Leffler, Emma Robertson, Linzie Wernert and Frankie Wilkerson), Hayswood Theatre (Matt Schickel — Cerwein Abell, Olivia Abner, Liberty Enlow and Matthew Moorman), Boys & Girls Club of Harrison-Crawford Counties (Tres Leches — Molly Coomer, Marcus Hadley, Shelby Smith and Tabitha Travis), Harrison County Community Services (Extreme Team — Isabelle Banet, Alexandra Liebert and Quentin Scott) and Harrison County Community Foundation (A Team — Natalie Crawford, Collin Cunningham, Emma Griffiths and Kylee Murray).

Each group gave a PowerPoint presentation about their volunteering experience with their chosen nonprofit during the in-person graduation April 10 at the Lanesville Heritage Community Center. Pam Bennett Martin also made remarks at the program.

Near the conclusion of the graduation program, Nathan Broom, executive director of the Leadership Harrison County program, announced the winning team in the points standing. The top two teams were separated by a half point, he said.

A Team was runner-up with 36-1/2 points, while Team Pink slipped past with 37 points. Each member of Team Pink received $50 in Chamber bucks to spend at participating locations in Harrison County.

Broom thanked many people for making the program successful, including the LHC board, donors, facilitators who spoke at the class sessions, school administrators and the participants’ parents, “as well as the students themselves for bringing an attitude of openness and friendship” with them each time they met.

“There was a lot of hard work by many in our adult leadership class to get this program up off the ground,” said Schickel. “It’s amazing to see how it has developed into what it is today, since we started it back in 2019.”

Applications for both the youth and adult programs are available online at

Schickel said the board has visited the schools to talk with this year’s sophomores about participating in the 2022-23 Youth Leadership Harrison County.

“We’ve had a ton of interest so far and several have applied,” he said.

For more information about LHC, call Broom at 812-572-1932 or send an email to [email protected]