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Tonia Stephenson Chamber Chat



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As Tom Ford said, “When the youth of America gets together, amazing things happen.” I’ve always thought this about young people. I love being around young minds who are excited and ready to conquer the world. It is so interesting to watch young people and see what they can accomplish. This summer, we will hold a week-long Junior Leadership Scotland class and I have no doubt that this group of young people will do some amazing things as they go through life.


We are excited to announce the 2014 Junior Leadership Scotland class. These are young adults in the Scotland County School System who are looking for ways to improve their leadership skills so that they may better serve their community and go on to do amazing things in life.


The following students make up this year’s class:


Katelyn Britt; Alexis Charleson; Kytel Collins-Jackson; Tyra Cole; Mara Cromartie; Alexis David; Jerry Ingram; Patricia Jones; Kristin Lanier; Saunee McLaurin; Sterling McQueen; Ahmed Monley; Madison O’Donnell; Jared Thornton and Jared Torgerson.


We will begin on July 28, with Betty Myers teaching the history of Scotland County. Who better to help them live that history than Betty! They will also have tours and learn about our local industry, our local educational systems, local government and healthcare. We’ll finish the program with a graduation picnic on Aug. 1.


Please join me in congratulating and encouraging these 15 high school students as they embark on their next journey of leadership development through Junior Leadership Scotland.


Tonia F. Stephenson is president of the Laurinburg/Scotland County Area Chamber of Commerce.

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