Youth Leadership Cherokee 2017-18

YLC Rep Lindsey

Youth Leadership Cherokee – Tuesday, December 5, 2017

YLC students started out their day at the Cherokee County Administration Building with Representative Richard Lindsey talking to them about the qualities of  a good leader.

Daniel Steele and Probate Judge Tim Burgess  gave an overview of what all takes place in the Cherokee County Administration Building.    Judge Burgess explained the duties of his office and is pictured  showing them a record book used in the early 1900s .

YLC StClair

Dustin StClair, Cherokee Co Revenue Commissioner explained property taxes and showed YLC students maps.   He gave an overview and tour of his department and staff’s responsibilities.

YLC Courthouse

YLC walked from the Administration Building to the Courthouse where they got to go in the court room and hear from  District Attorney Scott Lloyd, Juvenile Probation Officer Tim Sauls , Court Referral Officer Rod Chandler, and  Circuit Clerk Dwayne Amos .  Judge Wes Mobley said it’s always a pleasure to welcome Youth Leadership Cherokee to the courthouse. Every school in the county was represented within this group. We discussed the many pitfalls of social media and the real dangers of prescription drug abuse. I reminded them that they were leaders within their peer groups and challenged them to share what we discussed. We are blessed to have such a bright group of young adults in our schools and our county.


Turkey & Cheese Paninis & chocolate chip cookies were a big hit with the students !    Thank you F.C. Weiss Pub for an awesome lunch !


After lunch YLC students walked to the First Southern State Bank where Vice President Jed Lockridge  talked to them about the history of the bank, and gave them a tour of vault.

We had  a great visit to  the Cherokee Co Historical Museum!   Director Kathy Marko welcomed them and showed them around the well organized museum !   Visiting in December has an added bonus of The Festival of Trees ! …and we ran into District Attorney Scott Lloyd again.  He visits the museum a couple times per day to get his cup of coffee !

YLC Fire Station

YLC waded through the rain to the Centre Fire Department where they were greeted by Fire Chief Will Gardener and Volunteer Fireman Brandon Thompson.    Students learned about our local fire department and how it operates.  They also got to climb on top of the ladder truck and get a look inside the fire engines !     We are very thankful for our Fire Chief and ALL our  Volunteer Firemen in Cherokee County !!

Youth Leadership Cherokee (YLC) is a program of The Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce.   It is  designed to prepare and build leadership resources within our entire county.  The select group of participants receive an intense view of civic and governmental leadership through direct contact with a wide spectrum of institutions that keep Cherokee County solvent and moving forward.

The 2017-18 Youth Leadership Class :

CEDAR BLUFF HIGH SCHOOL – Madison Allen, Ross Johnson, Ethan Teague, Trey Wilson, and Nick Sawyer

CHEROKEE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL – Laney Kate Johnson, Carson Garrett, Chelsea Hill, Tiana Dupree, Will McKinney, Claudia Graves, Mitchell Davis, and Camryn Gossett

GAYLESVILLE HIGH SCHOOL- Juli Green, Emily Johnson, Lawson Hurley,

Madelyn Mitchell, and Henry Steele

SAND ROCK HIGH SCHOOL – Isabella Goolsby, Elijah Parker, August Gilliland,

Amanda Pollard, and Alexis Kilgore

SPRING GARDEN HIGH SCHOOL- Wesley Rogers, Danielle Lovett, , Payton McGinnis, Katie Grace Williams, Caycie Trotter, and Kristin Tierce

2017-18 Supporting Sponsors:

 Alabama Teacher’s Credit Union

Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce

 Cherokee County Commission

 Cherokee County Health & Rehabilitation

 Cherokee County IDA

Cherokee Medical Center 

 Gadsden State Community College

 KTH Leesburg Products

 People’s Bank of Alabama

 Regions Bank

Cherokee Electric Cooperative

 First Southern State Bank

 Fort McClellan Credit Union

The Colbert Firm





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