Lake Norman Chamber accepts 20 High School Juniors in Leadership program

Retreat takes place at Rural Hill in Huntersville

Published Thursday, October 1, 2020

Cornelius, NC September 21, 2020 – The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce has accepted twenty area High School Juniors in its 2020-2021 Junior Leadership Lake Norman program.  The program, administered by the Chamber of Commerce, is coordinated by the 2019-2020 graduates of the Chamber’s Adult Leadership Lake Norman as a service project.  Students will learn more about their community during this intensive and rewarding seven-month long program. The leadership development program was specifically created to inform, motivate and increase the overall awareness of selected high school students through educational seminars and interaction with various decision makers of local businesses, government agencies and civic organizations.  

The program is limited to twenty (20) participants. The students were selected on the basis of their previous and potential leadership ability and community involvement.  This year’s class (Class X) includes students from Cannon School, Hough High School, The Community School of Davidson, Lake Norman Charter, and Pine Lake Preparatory.

The students include: Meg Crosbie, Arlena Simoes, Mia Haglund, Julian Rizo,Catherine Murphy, Devin Wilson, Olivia Rizzo, Arjun Thakore, Mackenzi DeLay, Mariana Soares, Drew Pappas, Duncan Scheible, Natalie Vogel, Amanda Foess, Case Maddox, Ella Hughes, Audrey Hochman, Sriya Mannepalli, Katherine Ryan, and Ankita Balaji. 

The program kicked off with a retreat at Rural Hill where students participated in an “Effective Communications” session and various team building exercises facilitated by Titus Bartolotta with Collaborative Solutions Group.  The students were also treated with a tour of Rural Hill and a presentation on the history of the site by Jessica Bustamante - Executive Director for
Historic Rural Hill. Team Building Exercises were conducted by Donna Ballas -  Ballas Chiropractic, Clarkson Meredith – First Citizens Bank, April Patterson – First Horizon Bank, and Gail Williams – Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce.

Junior Leadership is presented by Novant Health. Supporting business sponsors include Tenders Fresh Foods (PDQ), Carolina Office Systems, Duke Energy, EnergyUnited, Jason Colvin – State Farm Insurance, Lepage Johnson eXp Realty, Raymer Kepner Funeral Home and Crematorium, Red 5 Printing, Rural Hill, The McIntosh Law Firm, and The Range at Lake Norman.

Caption: The Lake Norman Chamber has accepted 20 High School Juniors in the 10th Class of Junior Leadership Lake Norman. The students participated in a team building retreat at Rural Hill in Huntersville.  Photo by Bill Russell, Lake Norman Chamber.