The Alliance helps shape future leaders

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

CORINTH – An important lesson of leadership – being a team player – is one that has already been impressed on the 35 students participating in Junior Leadership Alcorn 2011.
“On a retreat a few weekends ago, they made us play games and do skill-building activities,” said participant David Hollowell, a 15-year-old 10th-grader at Alcorn Central High School. “A few of those are ones I will never forget.”
The goal of the program is to teach young people the elements of good leadership, said program coordinator Andrea Rose of The Alliance. This year’s participants includes 10th- and 11th-graders from Alcorn Central, Biggersville, Corinth and Kossuth high schools.
Ultimately the program should prepare the students to step up when they find themselves in a situation that requires clear thinking and good decision-making.
“I joined so I could learn how to handle responsibilities,” said Desiree Copeland, 15, a student at Corinth High School who is a cheerleader and member of the pep club. “It’s interesting learning the roles the officials play in politics and government. All of this will help me if I reach a high position in a club, to lead them in the right way.”
Biggersville High School 11th-grader Marshall Cook said he knew other students who participated in the program’s training in prior years and loved it, which prompted him to participate this year.
“They said it was a really good experience that helped them develop good leadership skills,” said Cook, a 17-year-old football team quarterback. “I am interested in leadership and want to learn all this can teach me.”
During a meeting last week with government officials the group heard from several Corinth leaders – Mayor Tommy Irwin, Fire Chief Rob Price, Community Planning and Development Director David Huwe and Capt. Chuck Hinds of the Corinth Police Department.
Contact Lena Mitchell at (662) 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@journalinc.com.