BUCKHANNON — The 2021 Leadership Academy sponsored by Create Buckhannon recently recognized six new graduates of the community-oriented program: Scott Randall, Andi Cartier, Amy McMillan, Soran Jenkins, Carter Curry and Buck Edwards.
Over the course of 10 weeks and 30 hours of class time, 72 different presenters from the county graciously shared their responsibilities and talents virtually with the six regular participants, highlighting elected office responsibilities and functions of volunteer groups.
Organizer Dr. Joseph Reed said the recognition ceremony’s keynote speaker was Erin Anderson, 2021 WV Teacher of the Year from Tennerton Elementary school. David Taylor, originator of the Leadership Academy in 2010, 2011, presented certificates. Soran Jenkins presented some highlights from the different presentations during the banquet.
According to Dr. Reed, several behind the scenes individuals that were key to the program’s success include Rich Clemens, Josh Stump and Jonathan Andrews for IT; Laura Meadows for suggestions and communication; and Ralston Press for printing.