Incoming high school seniors are learning how to develop strong leadership skills through a program created by the Etowah County Sheriff’s Office. The Student Leadership Academy is designed to provide a unique, practical and educational experience for future leaders in Etowah County.
During this week long program, 21 students will take several classes, have hands-on interactions, and communicate with guest speakers with topics ranging from the criminal justice system to personal development skills. Students also participate in physical fitness activities while learning the importance of consistent exercise. One student who is participating shares what he’s already gained from the one week program.
In addition to gaining knowledge and skills from the program, students also benefit by gaining three hour college credit from Jacksonville State University, a school or job reference letter from Etowah County Sheriff Jonathon Horton, possible scholarship opportunities, and more.
Principles from each high school in Etowah County nominate one female and one male to attend the camp each year. Students have to have at least a 2.5 GPA along with a written exam to be accepted into the academy. A graduation ceremony will be held on Thursday to congratulate the students for completing this intensive course.