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Teen Leadership Newton

NEWTON, N.C. (May 3, 2017)—Students from Newton-Conover High School and Discovery High School completed the 2017 Teen Leadership Newton program during the May 2 Newton City Council Meeting.
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Teen Leadership graduates from Newton-Conover High School included Owen Stegall, Faith Bradshaw, Nate Allen, McKenna Mitchell, Roberto Negrete, Heather Mizell, Logan Thompson, Josalyn Stinson, Greysen Herbert, Preston Allen, Kelsey Spencer, and Noah Porter. Teen Leadership graduates from Discovery High School included Makena Abernathy, Meredith Dillard, Kelsey Fauntleroy, Greylyn Gaillard, Abby Guptill, Emily Kennedy, Leanne Nguyen, Kent Ortiz, Michael Piedra, Dylan Snarr, Kaitlyn Stewart, Anna Grace Throneburg, Sarah Vaccarella, Jillian Whitener, and Brae Williams.

“We are so fortunate to have such a wonderful group of teen leaders in Newton,” Mayor Anne P. Stedman said. “The talent and leadership skills of these students amaze me, and I’m thankful for their contributions to our city.”

Teen Leadership Newton is an annual program hosted by the city of Newton. The goal of Teen Leadership is to create awareness of the Newton community and its organizations, committees, and boards. During a series of interactive sessions, student leaders discover ways they can get involved, develop leadership skills, and enhance community pride.

This year’s presenters included Mayor Anne P. Stedman, Catawba County Commissioner Sherry Butler, Shannon Johnson with the Downtown Newton Development Association, the Rev. Bob Silber with Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry, representatives from For Civic Good, and city staff.

Local organizations and businesses that opened their doors to Teen Leadership participants included the Catawba County Museum of History, Dana’s Fine Jewelry, The Corner Table, and Sarstedt.

Teen Leadership concluded with student presentations to City Council. Presentations were given on visual public art, recreational opportunities, art and culture, and making Newton more appealing to younger generations. The students’ ideas may be integrated into future city operations.

View photos from Teen Leadership on the city's Facebook page.

The city of Newton would like to congratulate all of this year’s teen leaders and thank all of our partners who worked to make Teen Leadership 2017 a success.