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Jacksonville, Alabama

High School Juniors Participate
in JSU's Emerging Leaders Day

Ty Rainer, right, a junior from Ider High School, is congratulated by SGA President Robert Hayes after winning the grand prize at Thursday's Emerging Leaders Day -- a leadership scholarship worth one year’s tuition at JSU.

Abby Knight
JSU News Bureau

November 7, 2002 -- Over 150 juniors from 89 area high schools got a taste of college life today, courtesy of Jacksonville State University’s Emerging Leaders Day.

The event, in its third year at JSU, is an opportunity for the students to participate in leadership seminars, meet student leaders from other high schools as well as meet with JSU student leaders.

Letters were sent to high school counselors who were asked to identify three juniors in their school who hold leadership roles, shown leadership and are interested in further developing leadership skills, and have shown an interest in attending college.

The selected students were then invited by JSU to attend the event and select 3 sessions they would be interested in attending.

Sessions included:

  • Discover your Future: Making Career Decisions that Count. Presented by Don Killingsworth
  • Crisis or Opportunity: Our Environmental Future. Presented by Pete Conroy
  • Drug and Alcohol Abuse: When “Just say NO” is not enough… Presented by Ricky Naugher
  • Health Issues: Exploring Health Care as a Career. Presented by Sarah Latham
  • Leadership: This is your life give it your best shot! Presented by Janet White
  • Politics: Being a leader of integrity while being in the spotlight! Presented by Emily Hawk
  • Teambuilding: The Advantages and Benefits. Presented by Michael marker
  • Volunteerism: Where can I serve? How can I make a difference? Presented by Linda
The group dined in the Jack Hopper Dining Hall and had the opportunity to join JSU students in homecoming week’s annual Karaoke in the Café’.

At the end of the day, several students received door prizes as souvenirs of their day at Jacksonville.

But it is Ty Rainer, a junior from Ider High School, who walked away with the grand prize: a leadership scholarship worth one year’s tuition at JSU.

“I told my buddy I’d bet him a dollar that I was going win,” he said.

Rainer’s proud mother was in the audience when his number was called.

“No one deserves it more.”


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