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Youth leadership gains, gives recognition

Youth leadership in Superior and Douglas County was getting and giving recognition today. Recent graduates of Superior High School showed their support for the North Country RIDE and the Boys and Girls Club, and in return, the program that helped...

Youth leadership in Superior and Douglas County was getting and giving recognition today.

Recent graduates of Superior High School showed their support for the North Country RIDE and the Boys and Girls Club, and in return, the program that helped students give away $4,000 in grants garnered recognition from the Wisconsin PK-16 Leadership Council

"The community is important to be a part of," said David Minor, president of the Superior-Douglas County Chamber of Commerce. Minor was speaking to the newly graduated high school senior's who participated in the program since their junior year.

In the two-part ceremony this morning at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College's conference center, the Chamber was also the recipient of the Promising Practice Award.

Charlie Glazman, teaching specialist at the Superior campus had nominated the chamber for the award.

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"The project aquaints students with community needs ... and encourages interaction with community leaders," said Glazman.

The program, which has been in existance for about six years, helps groom students for future leadership. According to the Chamber, they gave the senior's $2,000 to donate to an organization of their choice. The senior's were granted matching funds from the United Way of Superior and Douglas County. The students accepted many applications for requests of the $4,000 availiable. The group decided to donate the money to area organizations that help local youth and demonstrated need.

After reviewing the applications the students decided to award North Country RIDE and the Boys and Girls Club $2,000 each.

Participant Alexander Reich said the experience helped teach him how to give back to the community while helping to develop his leadership skills.

"This was the greatest experience I had in my senior year," Max Phillips said. he said the hands-on learning is a big part of what made the program interesting.

Retired teacher Gary Banker said the success of the program is largely due to the students requests over the years.

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