RCPS celebrates 39 graduates from Rockdale Youth Leadership program

Special PhotoThirty-nine Rockdale County sophomores were celebrated after completing the eight-month Rockdale Youth Leadership program hosted by RCPS and the Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce.

CONYERS — Rockdale Youth Leadership celebrated the development of another cohort of young leaders at Rockdale County Public Schools with a graduation ceremony held April 29 at Rockdale Career Academy.

The eight-month program, modeled after the Leadership Rockdale program by the Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce, is conducted by RCPS and the Chamber.

It teaches sophomores about the industries, institutions, government agencies and community in Conyers-Rockdale and Georgia.

Participants hone leadership skills, receive networking opportunities and often go on to become student leaders during their junior and senior years at RCPS.

Graduates will also be able to wear a cord at their high school graduation signifying they are an RYL graduate.

The RYL 2019 graduates are:

Ava Bailey (Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology), Niya Baskett (RMSST), Athena Beharry (Rockdale County High School), Kyla Belfon (Salem High School), Terissa Black (SHS), Devin Brookins (Heritage High School), Trinity Butler (RCHS), Taylor Curtis (RMSST), Layla Dent (RCHS), Shanice Edwards (RCHS), Malea Gant (RCHS), Nicole Gore (RCHS), Dymone Kelly (SHS), Mackenzie Kennelly (RMSST), Madison Lee (RMSST), Madeline Lombard (RMSST), Emma MacDonald (RMSST), Charles Malone (HHS), Lauren Mapp (HHS), Jordynn Middlebrooks (HHS), Azia Mitchell (RMSST), Elesia Murphy (SHS), Marisa Murray (HHS), Danielle Nguyen (RMSST), Sydney Palmer (RMSST), Joshua Peacock (HHS), Grant Preiss (HHS), Chassidy Raines (HHS), Ryan Richardson (HHS), Jada Robinson (HHS), Marsha Russell (RMSST), Joy-Marie Salmon (RCHS), Josephine Slotnik (RMSST), Arielle Thomas (RCHS), Olivia Tonpea (RMSST), Kynnedy Turner (RMSST), Kyrsten Turner (RMSST), Joseph Williams, Jr. (HHS) and Gabrielle Wood (RMSST).

For more information about RYL or how to apply for the 2019-2020 program, contact tmaddox@rockdale.k12.ga.us or visit www.rockdaleschools.org/ryl.

Covington native and proud Valdosta State alumna, Hunter has previously worked with The Covington News and Valdosta Daily Times. She started working for Rockdale/Newton Citizen in June 2018.

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