Jr Leadership Hudson wants to spread the word about program benefits

by Laura Freeman | Reporter Published:

Hudson -- Leadership Hudson teaches adult members how to be leaders in the community and in 2008 began a similar program for high school students.

Junior Leadership Hudson members wants other students to know the benefits of the program and will be creating a JLH website at www.leadershiphudson.com to share their experiences, pictures and how to apply.

Students from Hudson High School and Western Reserve Academy learn lessons each month about business, finance, entrepreneurship, the court system, state government, local government, arts, culture and medicine.

"It's a great program, and we want everyone to know," said Grace Hunt, HHS student.

The members explained some of the experiences May 8 during a recognition dinner.

Andrew Schulman of HHS said students have an opportunity to explore different career paths.

In September students toured Town Hall and went on a walking tour of Hudson.

"We learned the history of Hudson and spoke with Mayor [William] Currin and met government officers," said Lori Cook of HHS. "We talked about being a leader."

Students toured the Western Reserve Academy campus and learned about David Hudson, Katie Chylsta of WRA said.

"We learned what qualities make a successful leader," Chylsta added.

Hunt said they talked with community leaders and learned about entrepreneurship and what it takes to own a business.

Mika Takahashi of WRA said she practiced interviewing techniques during a mock interview for a city job.

Patrick McQuillen of HHS said in October they visited Key Bank and learned about banking.

Also in October the group visited Progressive Field, and although they didn't watch a Cleveland Indians game, they learned how one man worked to achieve his dream job and how experience is as important as a good education, said Tess Pacer of WRA.

In December the group visited the Akron Global Business Accelerator, Jake Ha of WRA said. They learned various ideas for establishing businesses.

Emily Miclaus of HHS shared their experience at Blackstone Launchpad at Kent State University where students can invent and grow their own businesses. They saw a 3D printer and learned how to give an elevator speech to pitch a new idea.

Erica Pinto of HHS said many students are interested in medical careers, and they learned about new technologies in healthcare.

"We saw where the medical field is heading in the future," Pinto said.

Taylor Hardy of WRA said they visited the Cleveland Clinic in April and learned how robotics is impacting medicine.

Government is one of the topics and included a visit to the office of Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh, said Lynn Yang of WRA. They met Judge Thomas Teodosio who shared his experiences.

The group also learned about state government by visiting Columbus. Barnabas Wang of WRA said they toured the statehouse, watched the Ohio Supreme Court in session and met with Ohio Senator Frank LaRose.

Ellie Stiles of HHS added they met with State Rep. Kristina Roegner and learned about JobsOhio while in Columbus.

Nicole Lehman of HHS talked about a tour of Playhouse Square and how the arts teach students to follow their passion and solve problems.

Sarah Forhan of WRA was absent from the presentation.

Each year 16 students are selected from the applications for Jr Leadership Hudson. They attend an all-day program once a month from September to April. Each class then creates a project to benefit the community. In the past the projects included Hollywood Hudson Film Festival and One Hundred for Hudson.

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