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Leadership Blair County Youth graduates include several area students

In its third year, the Blair County Chamber of Commerce’s premiere Leadership Blair County Youth program graduated 20 students from six Blair County Schools. Graduation ceremonies were held May 8 at The Casino, in Altoona.
Parents and counselors, along with school and district representatives attended the graduation to show their support for Blair County’s enthusiastic young leaders.
Twelve of the 20 graduates were from Tyrone and Bellwood-Antis High Schools, including: Lindsey Andrekovich, Bellwood-Antis; Felicia Fisher, Tyrone; Amanda Grassmyer, Tyrone; Brittany Hosband, Tyrone; Tiffany Lantz, Bellwood-Antis; Lauren Lender, Bellwood-Antis; Katie McCabe, Bellwood-Antis; Jessica Miller, Tyrone; Kelly Pearson, Tyrone; Alyson Sharer, Bellwood-Antis; Christi Stringer, Tyrone and Jeremy Tomchick, Bellwood-Antis.
Other schools represented this year included Central High School, Bishop Guilfoyle High School, Altoona Area High School and Hollidaysburg Area High School.
Leadership Blair County Youth is a program of the Blair County Chamber of Commerce, created to assist in the development of youth to become leaders within their schools, communities and the entire county. It is open to high school sophomores focusing on servant leadership.
Students apply to be a part of the program in ninth grade, filling out an application and completing an essay. Up to 24 teens are chosen to represent all the schools within the county.
Developed as a mirror image of Leadership Blair County, the mission of LBCY is to develop leadership potential, educate the students about Blair County’s heritage, culture and workforce opportunities and instill a sense of civic pride and community involvement in these students.
Leadership Blair County Youth participants learn through involvement and experience. One of the goals of this program is to teach students that they have the capability to make a difference in their communities.
The Blair County Chamber program is a pilot program that has been used as a model for leadership youth programs throughout Pennsylvania.
Chamber staff have also presented, by invitation, to regional youth leaders throughout Maryland. The Chamber’s LBCY program includes an overnight retreat, monthly meetings on pre-selected topics and a class project.
For more information, contact the Blair County Chamber at 943-8151 or visit the website at www.blairchamber.com.