LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - For the tenth year, the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce hosted a graduation banquet for two dozen students who make up this year's Youth Leadership Lawrence class.
"It is designed to teach our juniors and sophomores, the students that participate, about Lawrence County, about future potential opportunities here," said Chamber executive director Jason Houston.
It also trains them to be the leaders needed for the next generation. Houston adds the yearlong program features day trips such as agriculture day and band and industry day. The hope is that student leaders will learn about opportunities in Lawrence County to which they can return after college.
"We think it's so important for them to have full complement of support not just from parents and teachers but people of the community as a whole," said Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill, who was the keynote speaker.
"That was a big opportunity for [Merrill] to see our kids and our students and for the students to see what leadership looks like at the next level," said Houston of Merrill's appearance.
Houston adds they are in the application process for next year's class, which is slated to begin in August.